Journal of Statistical Physics

, Volume 172, Issue 2, pp 562–568 | Cite as

The Wake–Sleep ‘Phase Transition’ at the Gate to Consciousness



We study whether the transition from wakefulness to light sleep is a synergetic phase transition in the brain.


Wake-sleep transition Oculomotor system Consciousness 

Mathematics Subject Classification

35Q92 92C20 



I am grateful to the late V. Henn for a long collaboration in neurology and to C. Koch for many interesting discussions.


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  1. 1.Institute for Theoretical PhysicsETH ZürichZürichSwitzerland

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