First-passage time in a bistable potential with colored noise

Phys. Rev. A 40, 2120 – Published 15 August 1989
Laureano Ramirez-Piscina, José María Sancho, F. Javier de la Rubia, Katja Lindenberg, and George P. Tsironis


A precise digital simulation of a bistable system under the effect of colored noise is carried out. A set of data for the mean first-passage time is obtained. The results are interpreted and compared with presently available theories, which are revisited following a new insight. Discrepancies that have been discussed in the literature are understood within our framework.


  • Received 6 April 1989
  • Published in the issue dated August 1989

© 1989 The American Physical Society

Authors & Affiliations

Laureano Ramirez-Piscina and José María Sancho

  • Department d’Estructura i Constituents de la Materia, Facultat de Física, Universitat de Barcelona, Diagonal 647, 08028 Barcelona, Spain

F. Javier de la Rubia

  • Física Fundamental, Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia, Apartado de Correos 60141, 28071 Madrid, Spain

Katja Lindenberg and George P. Tsironis

  • Department of Chemistry, B-040, and Institute for Nonlinear Science, R-002, University of California–San Diego, La Jolla, California 92093

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