A definition of metastability for Markov processes with detailed balance
AbstractA definition of metastable states applicable to arbitrary finite state Markov processes satisfying detailed balance is discussed. In particular, we identify a crucial condition that distinguishes genuine metastable states from other types of slowly decaying modes and which leads to properties similar to those postulated in the restricted ensemble approach . The intuitive physical meaning of this condition is simply that the total equilibrium probability of finding the system in the metastable state is negligible. As a concrete application of our formalism we present preliminary results on a 2D kinetic Ising model. Copyright EDP Sciences/Società Italiana di Fisica/Springer-Verlag 2006
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Volume (Year): 50 (2006)
Issue (Month): 1 (03)
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