The projection-operator method is used to find a Fokker-Planck equation with a time-dependent diffusion coefficient. It is shown that this equation is correct under a precise condition of small noise intensity and can be used successfully to study the problem of escape over the potential barrier of a bistable system. An exact expression for the first-passage time for , is found, where is the noise correlation time. It is then shown with a numerical method that the Fokker-Planck equation relying on the assumption of local linearization bridges the exact limit for , and the standard one for =0. Some intriguing aspects of the short- region are discussed.
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- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics