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The Uses of Path Integrals for Diffusion in Bistable Potentials

  • U. Weiss
Conference paper
Part of the Springer Series in Synergetics book series (SSSYN, volume 11)

Abstract

It has become clear in recent years that bistable macrosystems play a fundamental role in many fields of physics, chemistry, biology and also sociology. Among the vast literature we mention only a few: BROWNIAN motion in a field of force [l], fluctuations in tunnel diodes [2] and cooperative phenomena in data processing [3] one-mode laser [4], optical bistability [5], autocatalytic chemical reactions[6] and interacting social groups [7].

Keywords

Optical Bistability Tunnel Diode Autocatalytic Chemical Reaction Bistable System Saddle Point Method 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • U. Weiss
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  1. 1.Institut für Theoretische PhysikUniversität StuttgartStuttgartFed. Rep. of Germany

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