The European Physical Journal (EPJ) is a series of peer-reviewed journals covering the whole spectrum of physics and related interdisciplinary subjects. EPJ is committed to high scientific quality in publishing and is indexed in all main citation databases.
EPJ ST Topical Issue on "Dynamics of animal systems"
A diverse set of problems in dynamical systems find their inspiration in the animal kingdom. Systems of biological organisms display an array of complex motion patterns and collective behaviors, and individuals sense each other and their environment through varying communication channels. These systems operate over a wide range of spatial and temporal scales, thus motivating their study towards solutions to problems across disciplines. Vice-versa, solving related problems in other disciplines may complementarily inform the study of inspiring biological systems. Theoretical and experimental research that falls under this broad heading will be collected in this special issue, including efforts focused on dynamics of animal locomotion, sensing and communication, interactions with peers and the environment, and emergent collective behavior in groups.
Call for papers: We are seeking articles on theoretical and experimental research pertaining to this broad heading, including for example, efforts focused on dynamics of animal locomotion, sensing and communication, interactions with peers and the environment, and emergent collective behavior in groups. Articles may be one of four types: i) minireviews (10-15 pages), ii) tutorial reviews (15+ pages), iii) original paper v1 (5-10 pages), or iv) original paper v2 (3-5 pages). More detailed descriptions of each paper type can be found at http://epjst.epj.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=408&Itemid=413&lang=en.
Submission Deadline: Manuscripts are due by 15 April 2015
Guest Editors: Nicole Abaid (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University), Sachit Butail (Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology, Delhi), Maurizio Porfiri (New York University), and Davide Spinello (University of Ottawa)
EPJ B: Topical Issue on Materials for Dielectric Application
The last decade has seen an exponential growth in the production and understanding of dielectric materials, with significant new advances happening every year. Research in dielectric materials is hugely important because of their numerous applications in many important technologies that are still seeking materials-based improvements, such as electronics, telecommunications, biotechnology and many more. Nanomaterials can now be made as dielectrics with new properties and morphologies. The many current and potential future application call for further research in this field.
This Topical Issue of EPJB will be focused on recent advances in preparation techniques, chemical structure investigation and related properties of novel dielectric materials.
Topics covered will include:
Dielectrics and Insulation Systems for DC Systems
Biomedical Application of Dielectric Materials
Electrical Conduction and Polarization in Solids, Liquids and Gases Dielectrics
Prebreakdown and Breakdown in Solids, Liquids, Gases, and Vacuum
Surface and Interfacial Phenomena
Modeling and Simulation Studies of Dielectric Materials and Insulation Systems
Electrical Insulation in High Voltage Apparatus and Cables
Nanotechnology and Nanodielectrics
Polymers and Composite Dielectrics
Composite Insulation Systems
Innovative and Functional Dielectric Materials
Thin Films and Multilayer Dielectrics
Dielectric Materials for Electronics and Photonics
Dielectrics for High Frequency Systems
Ageing, Degradation and Failure
Space Charge and its Effects
New Materials for Active and Passive Components
Diagnostics, Tests, Measurements Techniques
Dielectric Materials in High Electric Fields
Dielectrics for Cryogenic Application
Dielectrics in Superconducting Devices
Materials for EMI Shielding
Maciej Jaroszewski, Wroclaw University of Technology, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Wroclaw, Poland,
Sabu Thomas, Director of Centre for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, School of Chemical Sciences, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala, India,
If you experience any difficulties with the submission process or for further details and information, please contact the editorial office at
EPJ Quantum Technology: Thematic Series on Quantum Control
In conjunction with the Ninth International Workshop on Principles and Applications for Control of Quantum Systems, EPJ Quantum Technology would like to call for papers to be published in a Thematic Series on Quantum Control. Quantum Control has already led to significant improvements in technologies ranging from magnetic resonance to prototype quantum computers, from quantum high-precision sensors to quantum logic clocks, from single atom transistors to quantum noise suppression in gravitation wave detectors. The field is experiencing rapid development driven by the necessity of practical engineered quantum systems. This series will highlight how quantum control engineering is becoming an essential framework behind the implementation of Quantum Technology, and focus on its role in problems of design, stabilization, error-correction, noise reduction and filtering, and combating decoherence.
Topics covered will include:
Quantum filtering and the application to quantum measurement and metrology
Quantum open-loop schemes
Quantum feedback networks and the design of quantum controllers
Quantum statistics and estimation and the connection with filtering and control
Quantum information processing and its relevance to quantum control and error correction
Applications including quantum optics, superconducting quantum circuits, opto-mechanics, ion traps, semiconductors and quantum dots.
Submission Instructions: Before submission, authors should carefully read over the Instructions for Authors, which are located at http://www. epjquantumtechnology.com/authors/instructions. Prospective authors should submit an electronic copy of their complete manuscript through the SpringerOpen submission system at http://www. epjquantumtechnology.com/manuscript according to the submission schedule. They should choose the correct Thematic Series in the “sections” box upon submitting. In addition, they should specify the manuscript as a submission to the “Thematic Series on Quantum Control” in the cover letter. All submissions will undergo initial screening by the Guest Editors for fit to the theme of the Thematic Series and prospects for successfully negotiating the review process.
EPJ ST Special Issue on "Scale-Bridging Techniques in Molecular Simulation: A Critical Appraisal"
Multiscale and multiphysics methodologies have become an integral part of molecular modeling and simulation, and have been applied to various real-world problems that would have been out of reach without scale-bridging techniques. Techniques for systematically reducing the number of degrees of freedom to the essential ones, for coupling different levels of resolution, for exploring in an efficient way the conformational space, for exploring different time scales in a unitary scheme, are few examples of ideas employed to bridge scales in molecular simulation.
Such methods are physically relatively well-founded, and mathematically justified for particular cases, but are often difficult to apply to any realistic system. The focus of the special issue will be a critical discussion of some of the most popular methodologies in the field, that involve either multiple scales (in space and time) or heterogeneous coupling between different models (e.g. discrete and continuum models). Despite their merits, there is no systematic account of conceptual deficits or computational limitations, a gap to be filled by this special issue.
Beyond these considerations we also expect that the critical discussion will offer new research directions and stimulate exactly those collaborations among practitioners and theorists that are needed to tackle current challenges in molecular simulation.
This special issue addresses all researchers with a background in physics, mathematics and chemistry, interested in the use and development of molecular simulation and modeling tools that involve multiple physical models, a hierarchy of scales or multiple physical phenomena that occur simultaneously. A particularly important aspect of the proposed multidisciplinary project is to avoid addressing "success stories" of a particular method or its applications, but rather to frankly and critically discuss limitations of methods and open problems.
Call for papers: We would like to cordially invite further authors to submit their original research papers for this special issue along the lines described above. An extended description of the critical
aspects/open problems of the methods presented will be a stringent criterion of pre-selection of papers to be sent to referees.
Guest Editors: Luigi Delle Site and Carsten Hartmann, Institute for Mathematics Free University Berlin