The effect of symmetry breaking on random walks and brownian motion

  • L.E. Reichl
  • P. Alpatov
Part I: Lectures
Part of the Lecture Notes in Physics book series (LNP, volume 457)


Many aspects of the dynamics of random walks and Brownian motion with detailed balance can be understood using techniques of classical and quantum chaos theory. Symmetry breaking coupling between degrees of freedom can lead to mutual repulsion of decay rates and in some cases to a change in the rate of approach to equilibrium.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • L.E. Reichl
    • 1
  • P. Alpatov
    • 1
  1. 1.Center for Studies in Statistical Mechanics and Complex SystemsThe University of Texas at AustinAustin

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