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EPJ ST Special Issue: Non-equilibrium phase transitions in heterogeneous systems: biophysical aspects

This special issue is devoted to the problems of experimental and theoretical studies, as well as computer simulations of physical features of structural and phase transitions in various biological systems (blood, cell cultures, biogels, metastable bioliquids) involved in external macroscopically non-equilibrium processes (hydrodynamic flows; alternating magnetic and electrical fields, stochastic forcing, etc.). Special attention is focused on a detailed study of internal transformations on macroscopic physical properties and the behavior of the systems under study.

The special issue will be devoted to the following problems:

1. Phase condensations of ensembles of magnetic nanoparticles, suspended in blood and other biological liquids, induced by alternating and rotating magnetic fields as well as by circulating hydrodynamic flows of the ferrofluids, provoked by the rotating particles and bulk nuclei of the dense phases. The effect of the nuclei rotation, as well as the influence of hydrodynamic flows on the phase transitions, will be in focus of the papers. The main aim of these works is to develop the scientific background of new methods of addressed drug delivery in-vivo to the places of blood vessel thrombosis.

2. Dynamic remagnetization and heat production in ensembles of magnetic nanoparticles under the action of alternating magnetic fields; the effect of the particle’s aggregation on the macroscopic magnetic and heat phenomena. The aim of works of this direction is the progress in the scientific background of the method of magnetic hyperthermia for therapy of cancer and other tumor diseases.

3. Field-induced deformations and internal structural transformations in biological polymer gels under the action of an external magnetic field. The aim of these works is the development of the scientific background for the technology of magnetic gel scaffolds for engineering and regeneration of biological tissues.

4. Phase transformations in metastable biological liquids (supersaturated solutions) connected with the evolution of crystallite assemblages. Special attention will be paid to such processes and phenomena as the nucleation, dissolution, and growth of elliptical crystallites, the influence of hydrodynamic flows and external impacts (e.g., heat and mass fluxes) on the dynamics of particulate assemblages. Such phenomena as Ostwald ripening, agglomeration and disintegration of particles or aggregates in conditions of macroscopic hydrodynamic flow and taking into account specifics of biological liquids will be in focus of these works.

5. Theoretical modeling of a ferrofluid flow in channels of variable cross-sections and the fluid local dynamic response to an external magnetic field. The aim of these works is to create a theoretical basis for detecting the local blood flow velocity in blood vessels to determine the degree of the vessels narrowing with stenotic plaques.

6. Various peculiarities of pattern formation in metastable and nonequilibrium media, blood flows, ferrofluids, cell cultures, biogels, as well as in other biological media during the phase transformations represent the research direction covered by the present theme issue.

Papers dealing with powerful computational methods and complex simulations with high-performance computer clusters in the aforementioned research directions are welcome.

This issue will be of interest to a wide range of specialists in biomaterials, bioengineering, and biophysics. The issue can become a convenient forum for discussing trends and achievements, to find new solutions and to strengthen the research collaborations.

The Guest Editors invite authors to submit their original research and short reviews on the theme of this special issue. Manuscripts should be prepared using the latex template of EPJ ST, which can be downloaded here. Articles should be submitted to the Editorial Office of EPJ ST via the submission system at https://articlestatus.edpsciences.org/is/epjst/home.php by selecting "Non-equilibrium phase transitions in heterogeneous systems: biophysical aspects" as special issue not later than 17 June 2020.

Guest editors:

Dmitri Alexandrov, Ural Federal University, Ekaterinburg, Russian Federation (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).

Andrey Zubarev, Ural Federal University, Ekaterinburg, Russian Federation (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).

For any queries, please contact Dmitri Alexandrov (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).

EPJ ST Special Issue: Intense laser-matter interaction in atoms, finite and condensed systems

Interaction of intense laser pulses with matter on various scales is a growing area of research using table-top femtosecond and sub-femtosecond laser pulses as well as large-scale free electron lasers spanning the photon energy range from the infrared to x-rays. The Nobel prize in Physics (2018) was awarded in part to the development of “light tools” or lasers delivering intense near-infrared laser pulses. This has burgeoned research in intense laser matter interaction to develop attosecond pulses in the soft x-ray region to super-intense pulses to generate relativistic plasmas. The large scale end of this research saw a concomitant development in accelerator based photon sources of intense short wavelength light pulses VUV, soft- and hard x-rays from free-electron laser pulses. This science has grown rapidly in the last few decades and calls for a review and a collection to gather its length and breadth.

The focus of this issue is to bring together the concepts, notions and prospects of the physics and processes often presented and viewed on separate and different length and size scales – atoms and molecules, finite nano- and micro-scale matter and extended systems in the condensed or fluid phases. The generation, metrology and manipulation of light pulses, the techniques to measure the effect and impact of these non-perturbative interactions in the laboratory and the computational methods and frameworks work hand-in-hand to advance this field of research and constantly push the envelope.

This issue encourages the submission of articles in one of the four different formats: Minireview (10-15 pages), Tutorial Review: (15+ pages), and Original Papers (typical, 5-10 pages) or (short, 3-5 pages), see also https://www.epj.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=408&Itemid=413&lang=en

As guest editors of this EPJ ST issue, we assist the EPJ ST board in compiling this issue and invite authors to submit their original research and short review articles for this collection of articles.

Manuscripts should be prepared using the latex template of EPJ ST, which can be downloaded here.

Articles should be submitted to the Editorial Office of EPJ ST via the submission system at https://articlestatus.edpsciences.org/is/epjst/home.php by selecting "Intense laser-matter interaction in atoms, finite and condensed systems" as a special issue not later than 15 August 2020.

We are looking forward to your contributions.

Sivarama Krishnan and Marcel Mudrich
(Guest Editors)

EPJ ST Special Issue: Correlations in Dense Hadronic Matter

The 40th Max Born Symposium – Three Days on Strong Correlations in Dense Matter – was organized jointly by the Institute of Theoretical Physics (University of Wroclaw), the Helmholtz International Centre for FAIR, and the Polish Academy of Science, Wroclaw Branch. It had an interdisciplinary character, addressing the questions related with the phase structure of hot and dense matter determined by strong correlations such as bound states and condensates which are studied in the theory and phenomenological applications to thermonuclear fusion and heavy-ion collision experiments as well as (exo)planets, supernovae explosions, neutron stars, and their mergers.

The main attention was devoted to the formation and dissociation of strong correlations under extreme conditions of temperature, density, and strong fields, with special emphasis on deconfinement and chiral symmetry restoration, in particular also in the context of the conjectured quarkyonic matter hypothesis.

The talks presented during the Symposium were mainly concerned with

  • Hot and dense QCD matter theory: phase diagram, non-equilibrium phenomena, and equation of state,
  • Hadron and lepton pair production in heavy-ion collisions,
  • QCD phases in supernova collapse, compact stars and binary mergers,
  • Compact Ultra-Dense Objects (CUDOS),

and covered also other topics.

As guest editors of this EPJ ST issue, we assist the EPJ ST board in compiling this issue and invite authors to submit their original research and short review articles for this collection of articles in nuclear astrophysics. (Further details on the article types accepted for EPJST can be found here).

Manuscripts should be prepared using the latex template of EPJ ST, which can be downloaded here.

Articles should be submitted to the Editorial Office of EPJ ST via the submission system at https://articlestatus.edpsciences.org/is/epjst/home.php by selecting "Correlations in Dense Hadronic Matter" as a special issue not later than 15 March 2020.

We are looking forward to your contributions.

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(Guest Editors)

EPJ ST Special Issue: Nuclear Astrophysics in Our Time: Supernovae, Neutron Stars and Binary Neutron Star Mergers

The understanding of the final journey of a massive star, after its nuclear fuel has been exhausted, is a fascinating problem because it involves all the forces of nature. The outcome of it may be a supernova explosion and the residue either be a neutron star or a black hole. This is a highly interdisciplinary area of research involving astrophysics, general relativity, nuclear physics and particle physics. The core collapse supernova (CCSN) explo- sion mechanism is being investigated over the past five decades or so. Still, the detailed theory of a successful supernova explosion is eluding us and a challenging problem. Equation of state of matter from low to high density and neutrino interactions with matter are important microphysics inputs in CCSN.

The spectacular discovery of the first neutron star merger event GW170817 in gravitational waves and across the electromagnetic spectrum resulted in plethora of information about the short gamma ray burst, binary chirp mass, tidal deformability, speed of gravitational waves and the Hubble constant. Furthermore it is manifestly evident that GW170817 is a shot in the arm for nuclear astrophysics communities around the world as dense matter equa- tion of state in neutron stars and heavy element synthesis through r-process nucleosynthesis in the ejected neutron rich matter could be probed.

This shows that the birth of neutron stars through supernova explosion mechanism to binary neutron star mergers is finely linked by various aspects of nuclear astrophysics. It is the linkage that will be explored in this issue of European Physical Journal on Special Topics (EPJST) .

As the editor of this EPJST issue, I assist the EPJST board in compiling this issue and invite authors to submit their original research and short review articles for this collection of articles in nuclear astrophysics. Articles should be submitted to the Editorial Office of EPJ ST via the submission system at https://articlestatus.edpsciences.org/is/epjst/home.php by selecting "Nuclear Astrophysics in Our Time: Supernovae, Neutron Stars and Binary Neutron Star Mergers" as special issue not later than

Submission Deadline: 30 March 2020

Manuscripts should be prepared using the latex template of EPJ ST, which can be downloaded here.

I look forward to your submission for this special issue.

Debades Bandyopadhyay, Guest Editor

EPJ ST Special Issue: Elko and Mass Dimension One Fermions

With the publication of Mass Dimension One Fermions (Cambridge Monographs on Mathematical Physics) by the Cambridge University Press in the mid 2019 the new fermions have enlarged the set of quantum fields available to a theoretical physicist. With this in mind European Physical Journal -- Special Topics has decided to publish a Special Issue on the subject of new fermions and related subjects. Interested physicists wishing to contribute to the special issue are invited to contact the guest editor, Prof. Dr. Dharam Vir Ahluwalia at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Managing Editors
Anne Ruimy (EDP Sciences) and Sabine Lehr (Springer-Verlag)
Dear Sabine and Isabelle,
Thank you so much for all your help and excellent work you did on the EPJ ST volume "Nonlinear Dynamics of Deterministic and Stochastic Systems: Unraveling Complexity". This was a great experience and collaboration.

Alexander Neiman (on behalf of the guest editors), Ohio University, Athens, USA
Editor EPJ Special Topics 222/10, 2013

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

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