Journal of Statistical Physics

, Volume 147, Issue 6, pp 1094-1112

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Gibbs-Non-Gibbs Transitions via Large Deviations: Computable Examples

  • Frank RedigAffiliated withDelft Institute of Applied Mathematics, Technische Universiteit Delft
  • , Feijia WangAffiliated withMathematisch Instituut, Universiteit Leiden Email author 


We give new and explicitly computable examples of Gibbs-non-Gibbs transitions of mean-field type, using the large deviation approach introduced in (van Enter et al. in Mosc. Math. J. 10:687–711, 2010). These examples include Brownian motion with small variance and related diffusion processes, such as the Ornstein-Uhlenbeck process, as well as birth and death processes. We show for a large class of initial measures and diffusive dynamics both short-time conservation of Gibbsianness and dynamical Gibbs-non-Gibbs transitions.


Dynamical Gibbs-non-Gibbs transition Feng-Kurtz formalism Bad configurations Unique and non-unique histories