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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.
 
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.
  
[[Image:metastable.png|300px|thumb|Depiction of metastable state. (Image from [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metastability Wikipedia] ]]
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[[Image:metastable.png|300px|thumb|Depiction of metastable state where state 1 is the metastable state, state 2 is the transition state, and state 3 is the stable state. (Image from [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metastability Wikipedia]) ]]
 
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[[Flowing Crystals: Nonequilibrium Structure of Foam]]
 
[[Flowing Crystals: Nonequilibrium Structure of Foam]]

Revision as of 20:16, 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 where state 1 is the metastable state, state 2 is the transition state, and state 3 is the stable state. (Image from Wikipedia)

Keyword in references:

Flowing Crystals: Nonequilibrium Structure of Foam