Metastable transitions in inertial Langevin systems: what can be different from the overdamped case?
Metastable transitions in Langevin dynamics can exhibit rich behaviors that are markedly different from its overdamped limit. In addition to local alterations of the transition path geometry, more fundamental global changes may exist. For instance, when the dissipation is weak, heteroclinic connections that exist in the overdamped limit do not necessarily have a counterpart in the Langevin system, potentially leading to different transition rates. Furthermore, when the friction coefficient depends on the velocity, the overdamped limit no longer exists, but it is still possible to efficiently find instantons. The approach we employed for these discoveries was based on (i) a simple rewriting of the Freidlin-Wentzell action in terms of time-reversed dynamics, and (ii) an adaptation of the string method, which was originally designed for gradient systems, to this specific non-gradient system.
- Pub Date:
- January 2018
- Physics - Computational Physics;
- Condensed Matter - Statistical Mechanics;
- Mathematics - Dynamical Systems;
- Mathematics - Numerical Analysis;
- Mathematics - Probability
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