Distinguished EPJ Referees

EPJA Topical Issue: Light clusters in nuclei and nuclear matter: Nuclear structure and decay, heavy ion collisions, and astrophysics

Nuclear systems are important examples for strongly interacting quantum liquids. New experiments in nuclear physics and observations of compact astrophysical objects require an adequate description of correlations, in particular the formation of clusters and the occurrence of quantum condensates in low-density nuclear systems.

Alpha clustering is an important phenomenon in light 4-n self-conjugated nuclei (Hoyle state). New results have been obtained for such nuclei with additional nucleons (e.g. the 9B and (9-11)Be nuclei). Collective excitations show also effects of α-like clustering. In addition, clustering is of relevance for radioactive decay, alpha preformation and the life-time of heavy nuclei. Cluster formation is essential to investigate nuclear systems in heavy ion collisions. Transport codes have to be worked out to describe the time evolution of correlations and bound states for expanding hot and dense matter. An interesting issue is the BEC-BCS transition in nuclear systems. Finally, the formation of nuclear clusters and pasta structures plays an important role also in astrophysical context, in the description of compact astrophysical objects such as protoneutron stars, neutron star mergers and for the crust of neutron stars.

Deadline for submission: May 1, 2020

Guest editors of the special issue:

David Blaschke, University of Wroclaw & JINR Dubna & NRNU Moscow, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Gerd Roepke, Universitaet Rostock, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Peter Schuck, Université Paris-Sud - IN2P3/CNRS - Orsay, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Hisashi Horiuchi, RCNP - Osaka University, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Masaaki Kimura, Hokkaido University, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

While the core of the contributions to this topical issue is by invitation, the guest editors will consider well-motivated relevant unsolicited submissions.

Authors are invited to submit their paper electronically through the website https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/epja. Submissions should be clearly identified as intended for the Topical Issue "Light clusters in nuclei and nuclear matter: Nuclear structure and decay, heavy ion collisions, and astrophysics". Three types of manuscripts are admissible to this Topical Issue: reviews, research articles and short communications. 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.

Manuscripts should be prepared following the instructions for authors available at: http://www.epj.org/images/stories/instructions/instructions_epja.pdf

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