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Is there a mathematically precise definition of metastability? 
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Oct1206, 05:02 AM

P: n/a

I believe a good (but physically vague :) illustration is that most of
what we construct is metastable. A car is metastable and a pile of rust is stable. Which I believe leads to a mechanism of added stability for some metastable states: Failure or breakdown mechanisms (for example in semiconductor devices) may follow an Arrhenius equation due to a potential barrier. 


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