Student Probability/PDE Seminar: Metastability for Diffusions II

Seminar | October 5 | 2:10-3:30 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Fraydoun Rezakhanlou, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

It is well-known that diffusions with gradient drifts exhibit metastable behavior. The large deviation estimates of Wentzel-Freidlin and classical Eyring-Kramers Formula give a precise description for such metastable behavior. For non-gradient models, the large-deviation techniques are still applicable, though no rigorous analog of Eyring-Kramers Formula is available. In this talk I give an overview of the existing results and conjectures for general metastable diffusions.

 rezakhan@math.berkeley.edu