Journal of Statistical Physics

, Volume 57, Issue 1–2, pp 171–185 | Cite as

The elimination of fast variables in complex chemical reactions. II. Mesoscopic level (reducible case)

  • J. A. M. Janssen


The master equation for chemical reactions that proceed through a number of steps (complex reactions) is considered. Examples are studied in which the reaction constant of one of the steps is much larger than the others, and a reduced master equation is derived by means of a projection operator formalism. This reduction amounts to an elimination of intermediates. The consistency of the scheme is shown by means of theΩ-expansion.

Key words

Complex chemical reactions intrinsic fluctuations master equation elimination of fast variables Ω-expansion 


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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • J. A. M. Janssen
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute for Theoretical PhysicsUtrechtThe Netherlands

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