TY - JOUR
A1 - Palyulin, Vladimir V.
A1 - Metzler, Ralf
T1 - How a finite potential barrier decreases the mean first-passage time
T2 - Journal of statistical mechanics: theory and experiment
N2 - We consider the mean first-passage time of a random walker moving in a potential landscape on a finite interval, the starting and end points being at different potentials. From analytical calculations and Monte Carlo simulations we demonstrate that the mean first-passage time for a piecewise linear curve between these two points is minimized by the introduction of a potential barrier. Due to thermal fluctuations, this barrier may be crossed. It turns out that the corresponding expense for this activation is less severe than the gain from an increased slope towards the end point. In particular, the resulting mean first-passage time is shorter than for a linear potential drop between the two points.
KW - diffusion
Y1 - 2012
UR - https://publishup.uni-potsdam.de/frontdoor/index/index/docId/36072
SN - 1742-5468 (print)
IS - 1
PB - IOP Publ. Ltd.
CY - Bristol
ER -