- Published on 12 June 2020
Submissions are invited for a Topical Issue of EPJD on Atoms and Molecules in a Confined Environment.
Spatial confinement, originally developed in the 1930s in the context of problems in solid state theory, astronomy and high-pressure physics and chemistry has experienced a renewal of interest in the 21st century. Two volumes of Advances in Quantum Chemistry in 2009, a 2014 monograph edited by K.D. Sen and a review by Eugenio Ley-Koo in 2018 have summarized the growth of the field and facilitated access to the recent literature. The field of confined quantum systems continues to expand at a rate that merits publication of a topical issue of EPJ D: Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics.
With recent advancements in computer hardware and algorithms, it is now possible to study systems that were too intensive computationally or too unstable mathematically to consider even ten years ago. Confinement has recently been considered in experiments and modeling ranging from small and nanoclusters to molecules and ions in solution.
In parallel to advances in theoretical methods, experimental tools have been developed to measure the effects of confinement and compare them to theoretical predictions. Studies of quantum dots, atoms in helium droplets, expansions and flows and plasma confinement provide data that will, in turn, allow refinement of theoretical methods.
This issue will provide updated perspectives of recent theoretical and experimental developments and open problems for confined atoms and molecules. It is hoped that readers will gain an appreciation and understanding of the scientific value and richness of confined systems.
Topics to be covered include but are not limited to:
- Atoms, molecules, ions encapsulated in fullerenes, nanotubes, droplets
- Host-guest complexes
- Spatial confinement by magnetic, electric, laser fields
- Ionic and neutral Plasma confinement
- Atoms and molecules confined in semi-infinite spaces
- Pressure effects on confined systems
- Energy level structure of confined atoms, molecules, quantum dots
- Computational methods applied to confined systems
- Electron correlation in confined systems
- Statistical thermodynamics and kinetics of confined processes
The issue is open to everyone working in the field. We invite contributors to communicate their intention to submit manuscripts for this Topical Issue to the Guest Editors as soon as possible. Please provide the tentative title of the paper and a short abstract. The full manuscripts should be submitted before the deadline directly to the EPJD Editorial Office at https://articlestatus.edpsciences.org/is/epjd/.
Submissions should be clearly identified as intended for the Topical Issue "Atoms and Molecules in a Confined Environment ". Papers will be published continuously and will appear (as soon as accepted) on the journal website. The electronic version of the Topical Issue will contain all accepted papers in the order of publication. All submitted papers will be refereed according to the usual high standards of the journal. More general information about EPJD including instructions for authors is available at http://epjd.epj.org/.
C. N. Ramachandran, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, India,
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