10:00 AM-12:00 PM Wasatch A & B - Level C
Substantial progress has been made recently in understanding large fluctuations in nonlinear systems. It came through application of the methods of nonlinear dynamics and catastrophe theory. An important concept in describing large fluctuations is the most probable, or optimal, fluctuational path to a given state. For large fluctuations, the pattern of optimal paths plays a role similar to that of the phase portrait in nonlinear dynamics. For nonequilibrium physical and chemical systems this pattern generically has singular features. Their analysis and applications of the results to the problems of escape from a metastable state and signal enhancement by fluctuating systems will be discussed.
Organizer: Mark I. Dykman
Michigan State University
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