Condensed Matter Theory   Universität Basel
Dr. Jörg Lehmann

Theory of frequency and phase synchronization in a rocked bistable stochastic system

J. Casado-Pascual, J. Gómez-Ordóñez, M. Morillo, J. Lehmann, I. Goychuk, and P. Hänggi

Phys. Rev. E 71, 011101 (2005)

Preprint: arXiv:cond-mat/0410086

We investigate the role of noise in the phenomenon of stochastic synchronization of switching events in a rocked, overdamped bistable potential driven by white Gaussian noise, the archetype description of Stochastic Resonance. We present a new approach to the stochastic counting process of noise-induced switching events: starting from the Markovian dynamics of the nonstationary, continuous particle dynamics one finds upon contraction onto two states a non-Markovian renewal dynamics. The output frequency is determined as the velocity of the underlying discrete phase dynamics. The phenomenon of noise-assisted phase synchronization is investigated in terms of an effective, instantaneous phase diffusion. The theory is applied to rectangular-shaped rocking signals versus increasing input-noise strengths. Precise numerical simulations corroborate very favorably our analytical results. The novel theoretical findings are also compared with prior findings.

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