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A metastable state is a state of a system which is stable over one time-scale and unstable over another timescale.  It represents a local, but not global, minimum in the energy landscape of the system.
  
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[[Image:metastable.png|300px|thumb|Depiction of metastable state. (Image from [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metastability Wikipedia] ]]
  
  

Revision as of 20:15, 8 December 2011


Introduction

A metastable state is a state of a system which is stable over one time-scale and unstable over another timescale. It represents a local, but not global, minimum in the energy landscape of the system.

Depiction of metastable state. (Image from Wikipedia


Keyword in references:

Flowing Crystals: Nonequilibrium Structure of Foam