Transient Fluctuations in the Decay of an Unstable State

F. T. Arecchi, A. Politi

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The decay of an unstable state by the stochastic time of intersection of a given threshold is described. This stochastic parameter is characterized by closed moment equations exactly soluble, whereas previous approaches, in terms of stochastic amplitudes sampled at a fixed time, led to an open hierarchy of equations requiring approximate solutions. The relevance of this new description is shown by the fit with the experimental transient fluctuations of an unstable system.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1219-1222
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number15
Publication statusPublished - 13 Oct 1980


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