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# Title: Spin coherent states and stochastic hybrid path integrals

(Submitted on 7 Feb 2021)

Abstract: Stochastic hybrid systems involve a coupling between a discrete Markov chain and a continuous stochastic process. If the latter evolves deterministically between jumps in the discrete state, then the system reduces to a piecewise deterministic Markov process (PDMP). Well known examples include stochastic gene expression, voltage fluctuations in neurons, and motor-driven intracellular transport. In this paper we use coherent spin states to construct a new path integral representation of the probability density functional for stochastic hybrid systems, which holds outside the weak noise regime. We use the path integral to derive a system of Langevin equations in the semi-classical limit, which extends previous diffusion approximations based on a quasi-steady-state reduction. We then show how in the weak noise limit the path integral is equivalent to an alternative representation that was previously derived using Doi-Peliti operators. The action functional of the latter is related to a large deviation principle for stochastic hybrid systems.

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