Seemingly stable chemical kinetics can be stable, marginally stable, or unstable
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We present three examples of chemical reaction networks whose ordinary differential equation scaling limit are almost identical and in all cases stable. Nevertheless, the Markov jump processes associated to these reaction networks display the full range of behaviors: one is stable (positive recurrent), one is unstable (transient) and one is marginally stable (null recurrent). We study these differences and characterize the invariant measures by Lyapunov function techniques. In particular, we design a natural set of such functions which scale homogeneously to infinity, taking advantage of the same scaling behavior of the reaction rates.
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Jonathan Christopher Mattingly grew up in Charlotte, NC where he attended Irwin Ave elementary and Charlotte Country Day. He graduated from the NC School of Science and Mathematics and received a BS is Applied Mathematics with a concentration in physics from Yale University. After two years abroad with a year spent at ENS Lyon studying nonlinear and statistical physics on a Rotary Fellowship, he returned to the US to attend Princeton University where he obtained a PhD in Applied and