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Article Contents
1 Introduction
2 The most probable distribution
3 Connexion with statistical mechanics
4 First order microcanonical and canonical phase transitions
5 The persistence of metastable states
6 Relation to the Kramers problem
7 Conclusion
Appendix A: Justification of the mean-field approximation from the equilibrium BBGKY hierarchy
Appendix B: Derivation of Eq. (128)
Appendix C: Rotating self-gravitating systems

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