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Physical Review E


We study the effect of a non-Gaussian noise on interstate switching activated primarily by Gaussian noise. Even weak non-Gaussian noise can strongly change the switching rate. The effect is determined by all moments of the noise distribution. It is expressed in a closed form in terms of the noise characteristic functional. The analytical results are compared with the results of simulations for an overdamped system driven by white Gaussian noise and a Poisson noise. Switching induced by a purely Poisson noise is also discussed.



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Billings, L., Dykman, M. I., & Schwartz, I. B. (2008). Thermally activated switching in the presence of non-Gaussian noise. Phys Rev E Stat Nonlin Soft Matter Phys, 78(5 Pt 1), 051122. doi:10.1103/PhysRevE.78.051122