Journal of Low Temperature Physics

, Volume 85, Issue 1–2, pp 125–135 | Cite as

The prefactor in the expression of the decay rate of a metastable state

  • Yu. N. Ovchinnikov
  • I. M. Sigal


We compute the prefactor for the decay rate of a metastable state in dissipative systems. The result, for small values of viscosity, is given in terms of integrals over an extremal trajectory.


Viscosity Decay Rate Magnetic Material Metastable State Dissipative System 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yu. N. Ovchinnikov
    • 1
  • I. M. Sigal
    • 2
  1. 1.L. D. Landau Institute for Theoretical PhysicsThe Academy of Sciences of the USSRUSSR
  2. 2.Department of Mathematics University of TorontoTorontoCanada

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