SP ] 6 J ul 2 00 7 Tunnel effect for Kramers-Fokker-Planck type operators

We consider operators of Kramers-Fokker-Planck type in the semi-classical limit such that the exponent of the associated Maxwellian is a Morse function with two local minima and a saddle point. Under suitable additional assumptions we establish the complete asymptotics of the exponentially small splitting between the first two eigenvalues. Résumé On consid… (More)