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Nature. 1995 Jan 5;373(6509):33-6.

Stochastic resonance and the benefits of noise: from ice ages to crayfish and SQUIDs.

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School of Physics, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta 30332.

Abstract

Noise in dynamical systems is usually considered a nuisance. But in certain nonlinear systems, including electronic circuits and biological sensory apparatus, the presence of noise can in fact enhance the detection of weak signals. This phenomenon, called stochastic resonance, may find useful application in physical, technological and biomedical contexts.

PMID:
7800036
DOI:
10.1038/373033a0
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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