Geometric Approaches for Metastability in Stochastic Dynamical Systems with Applications

Research Horizons Seminar
Wednesday, October 9, 2019 - 1:10pm for
Skiles 005
Larissa Serdukova – Georgia Tech –
Skye Binegar

Please Note: NOTE THE UNUSUAL TIME: This seminar takes place from 1:10-1:50 for THIS WEEK ONLY.

Basin of attraction for a stable equilibrium point is an effective concept for stability in deterministic systems. However, it does not contain information on the external perturbations that may affect it. The concept of stochastic basin of attraction (SBA) is introduced by incorporating a suitable probabilistic notion of basin. The criteria for the size of the SBA is based on the escape probability, which is one of the deterministic quantities that carry dynamical information and can be used to quantify dynamical behavior of the corresponding stochastic basin of attraction. SBA is an efficient tool to describe the metastable phenomena complementing the known exit time, escape probability, or relaxation time. Moreover, the geometric structure of SBA gives additional insight into the system's dynamical behavior, which is important for theoretical and practical reasons. This concept can be used not only in models with small intensity but also with whose amplitude is proportional or in general is a function of an order parameter. The efficiency of the concept is presented through two applications.