Resonant activation in a colored multiplicative thermal noise driven closed system

Somrita Ray, Debasish Mondal, Bidhan Chandra Bag*

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In this paper, we have demonstrated that resonant activation (RA) is possible even in a thermodynamically closed system where the particle experiences a random force and a spatio-temporal frictional coefficient from the thermal bath. For this stochastic process, we have observed a hallmark of RA phenomena in terms of a turnover behavior of the barrier-crossing rate as a function of noise correlation time at a fixed noise variance. Variance can be fixed either by changing temperature or damping strength as a function of noise correlation time. Our another observation is that the barrier crossing rate passes through a maximum with increase in coupling strength of the multiplicative noise. If the damping strength is appreciably large, then the maximum may disappear. Finally, we compare simulation results with the analytical calculation. It shows that there is a good agreement between analytical and numerical results.

Original languageEnglish
Article number204105
JournalJournal of Chemical Physics
Issue number20
StatePublished - 28 May 2014
Externally publishedYes


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