# Rare Events, the Thermodynamic Action and the Continuous-Time Limit

@article{Malsom2015RareET, title={Rare Events, the Thermodynamic Action and the Continuous-Time Limit}, author={P. Malsom and F. Pinski}, journal={arXiv: Statistical Mechanics}, year={2015} }

We consider diffusion-like paths that are explored by a particle moving via a conservative force while being in thermal equilibrium with its surroundings. To probe rare transitions, we use the Onsager-Machlup (OM) functional as a path probability distribution function for double-ended paths that are constrained to start and stop at predesignated points after a fixed time. We explore the continuous-time limit where the OM functional has been commonly regularized by using the Ito-Girsanov change… Expand

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