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Is there a mathematically precise definition of metastability?

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Torbjorn Larsson
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Oct12-06, 05:02 AM
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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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