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Special Topics

EPJ ST Special Issue: Structural Transformations and Non-Equilibrium Phenomena in Multicomponent Disordered Systems

Scope: The issue is devoted to theoretical, computational, and experimental studies of phase and structural transitions and non-equilibrium phenomena (phase transformations; heat generation, rheology; relaxation phenomena) in disordered systems (composite and metastable materials, biological tissues and systems; polymer and other soft materials; amorphous and glass-forming systems; multicomponent melts). Special attention is focused on a detailed microscopical study of various phenomena in these studied systems. The proposed works will cover the following research fields and problems.


EPJ ST Special Issue: Fluid-Fluid and Fluid-Soft Matter Interaction

Guest Editors: Prof. Saptarshi Basu and Prof. Aloke Kumar

The domain of fluid mechanics – whether Newtonian or complex fluids – intersects several traditional domains of research such as condensed matter, colloids and environmental flows. The topics of fluid-fluid interaction has in many ways remained a classical topic with a very rich literature informing domains such as multi-phase flows, interfacial flows and fluid-droplet interactions. Countless applications involve interaction of droplets with fluid dynamical instabilities, high speed flow, flow with discontinuities like shock, substrate (soft or rigid), porous media etc. These interactions are typically multiscale spanning large spatio-temporal regimes. The physics also involves droplet breakup dynamics, interfacial transport, in-situ reactions, self assembly among others.


EPJ ST Special Issue: Noncommutativity and Physics

Guest Editors: Konstantinos Anagnostopoulos, Peter Schupp and George Zoupanos

Scope description

Noncommutative geometry has opened exciting new avenues in mathematics and physics. It has brought together mathematicians and physicists in fruitful interdisciplinary interaction. This volume brings together some of the world's leading experts in the field to address various aspects of noncommutative geometry, focusing on applications to the Standard Model and beyond, quantum gravity, superstring theory, condensed matter physics, and other fields of physics. The range of methods used includes noncommutative differential geometry, deformation quantization, star products, fuzzy spaces, matrix models, and more recent developments like generalized geometry. The articles included are concise but comprehensive reviews that introduce the reader to these subjects while also presenting the current state of the art.


EPJ ST Special Issue: Collective behavior of nonlinear dynamical oscillators

Complex networks, which consist of many interacting dynamical systems, can represent a variety of emerging behaviors. There are lots of frameworks for modeling complex networks ranging from single-layer to multi-layer structures. A multi-layer network is efficient when there are different levels or types of connectivity. One of the essential collective behaviors in complex networks is synchronization which is observed commonly in nature. In this phenomenon, the dynamics of the coupled systems evolve, and eventually lead to a common motion. Various types of synchronization can be developed in a network, such as phase, amplitude, and lag synchronization. Besides, in exceptional cases, partial synchronization appears among oscillators. The chimera state is an example of partial synchronizations formed by the coexistence of the synchronous and asynchronous states. These collective behaviors can be found in numerous sciences, ranging from physical to biological networks, including neural networks. Synchronization of the neurons has a vital role in the functioning or malfunctioning of the brain. In many natural neuronal processes, such as some brain disorders, e.g., schizophrenia or epileptic seizures, evidence of chimera has been reported.


EPJ ST Special Issue: Physics of Animal Navigation

Submissions are invited for a special issue of EPJ ST on ‘Physics of Animal Navigation’.

Animal navigation constitutes a fascinating topic of research where scientists have been attempting to answer some key and basic questions explaining the mechanisms behind it. Most of the scientific explanations of numerous animals for their orientation and navigation derive from physics ideas. We have the magnetoreception on animals, especially birds, and the effects of geomagnetism. Other mechanisms involve infrasounds, ultrasounds and echolocation like in bats. Light and visual systems are extremely important for insect vision and bird navigation. Another important issue is celestial navigation, by which certain birds and insect find their orientation by using the sun compass by detecting the polarized light pattern of the sky. Furthermore, other mechanisms derived from quantum physics such as quantum entanglement in the cryptochrome hypothesis appear to have some relevance. Turbulent flows in the atmosphere and the oceans have also a role. Thermal boundaries in thermodynamics, as well as energetic and efficient movements or infrared radiation. And even effects due to gravitational variations.

The main aim of this Special Issue on Physics of Animal Navigation is to explore this fascinating interdisciplinary field of research bringing together scientists from different disciplines and giving a general overview of the state of the art of the role that Physics plays in Animal Navigation.


Managing Editors
Anne Ruimy and Vijala Kiruvanayagam (EDP Sciences) and Sabine Lehr (Springer-Verlag)
Dear Sabine,
For me it was a great pleasure to work with you, Christian and Isabelle. All questions have been resolved very fast. And amiability and competence of Isabelle are inestimable. Best regards,

Natasha Kirova, CNRS & University Paris Sud, Orsay, France
Editor EPJ Special Topics 222/5, 2013

ISSN: 1951-6355 (Print Edition)
ISSN: 1951-6401 (Electronic Edition)

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