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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.

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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.

Manuscripts should be prepared using the latex template of EPJ ST.

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)

For any inquiries, please contact Nicole Abaid ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ), Sachit Butail ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ), Maurizio Porfiri ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ), or Davide Spinello ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ).

 
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
  • Multifunctional Materials
  • 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
  • Guest Editors:

    • Maciej Jaroszewski, Wroclaw University of Technology, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Wroclaw, Poland, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
    • Sabu Thomas, Director of Centre for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, School of Chemical Sciences, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala, India, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

    Deadline for submission: 30 June 2015

    Submission is now open. Contributions should be submitted to the Editorial Office of EPJ B https://articlestatus.edpsciences.org/is/epjb (or by email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ). Submissions should be clearly identified as intended for the topical issue “Dielectric Materials” (use the pull down menu).

    If you experience any difficulties with the submission process or for further details and information, please contact the editorial office at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
 
EPJ Quantum Technology: Thematic Series on Quantum Control
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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.

Manuscripts due: August 2014 – 31 December 2014.

Lead Guest Editor:
Prof John Gough, Department of Mathematics and Physics, Aberystwyth University, UK, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Guest Editors:
Prof Gerard Milburn (Editor-in-Chief), Centre for Engineered Quantum Systems, The University of Queensland, Australia, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Prof Matthew James, Centre for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology, The Australian National University, Australia,
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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

Submission Deadline: 31 October 2014

For any queries please contact Luigi Delle Site, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 
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