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Special Topics

EPJ ST Special Issue: Transport properties of non-Newtonian nanofluids and applications

The fluids which do not obey the Newton's law of viscosity are called non-Newtonian fluids. In general, the viscosity of non-Newtonian fluids changes with shear stress and the shear rate non-linearly varies with shear stress. The non-Newtonian fluids are classified as viscoelastic, rheopectic, thixotropic, shear thickening, and shear thinning fluids. Examples of fluids that exhibit the viscoelastic nature are oils, liquid polymers, glycerine, some lubricants, and mucus.

Fluids that exhibit shear thinning nature are blood, motor oil, ketchup, nail polish, syrups, molasses, paper pulp in water, latex paint, and whipped cream. Shear thinning fluids are useful in lubricating fast-moving engine parts manufacture, polymer industries, and biomedical industries. In view of these applications, a number of mathematical models have been proposed to obtain thorough cognition of the mechanics of non-Newtonian fluid flows. The non-Newtonian fluid models include Bingham plastic, Burgers fluid, Carreau fluid, Casson fluid, Cross fluid, Eyring Powell fluid etc.

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EPJ ST Special Issue: Circuit Application of Chaotic Systems: Modeling, Dynamical Analysis and Control

To be referred as an amazing physical phenomenon with the highly sensitivity to initial conditions, chaos is ubiquitous in natural world and human society. Numerous explorations have reported the broad engineering application potential of chaos on account of its excellent features. Nowadays, chaos theory has become an important frontier research field. It is valuable research to build chaotic systems for engineering purposes, to reveal the complex dynamic properties of chaotic systems via different theoretical and numerical analysis, to consider its different control objectives by applying some effective and feasible control techniques. We are keenly aware that there are still many challenging issues to be addressed on chaos study by considering the existing research work. That is why the chaos study can sustain vitality and exert important influence.

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EPJ ST Special Issue: The Accelerating Universe – Evidence and Theories

The idea of a cosmological constant which produces an accelerated universe has seen many ups and downs ever since it was introduced and then disowned by Einstein. A firm evidence of that our universe is accelerating came from the Luminosity vs redshift measurement of Type-I supernova by Riess eta al and Perlmutter et al in 1999 a discovery which earned them a Nobel prize in 2011. The recent examinations of supernova data however shows that not all is well with the standard LambdaCDM model of cosmology. The supernova evidence indicates that the cosmic acceleration is not isotropic which raises questions on our standard cosmological models that the universe is described by the Friedmann-Lemaitre-Robertson-Walker metric with small perturbations which were generated in a earlier epoch of accelerated expansion called Inflation. Apart from the supernova data the examination of data from large scale galaxy distribution and cosmic microwave anisotropy observations show that there are problems with the six-parameter ΛCDM model. The amplitude of the matter mower spectrum determined by the parameter called σ8 and Hubble expansion rate H0 show discrepancies between the determination from LSS observations and their determination from CMB. The resolution of these discrepancies my lie in the evolution of dark energy in time which then requires a well motivated model.

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EPJ ST Special Issue: Breakthrough optics- and complex systems-based technologies of modulation of drainage and clearing functions of the brain

Aims and Goals

There is intensive grow body of evidance that the lymphatics plays an crucial role in the keeping the health of the central nervous system (CNS) via the drainage of CNS tissues and clearance of metabolites and neurotoxins. The ability to stimulate the lymph flow in the sleeping brain is likely to play an important role in developing innovative methods in neurorehabilitation therapy. However, the scanty information available about the mechanisms of lymphatic clearance of waste products and toxins from the brain slows down progress in the appearance of technologies for therapeutic modulations of the lymphatics in the CNS.

This special issue is focused on the development and application of modern approaches from photonics and complex systems science to design promising strategies in stimulation of the cerebral lymphatics and development of breakthrough technologies for non-invasive and real time analysis of brain drainage and clearing functions. We strongly believe that this pioneering step will motivate researchers and industrial parners to create the novel promising devices for neurorehabilitaion medicine based on the stimulation of cerebral lymphatic functions.

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EPJ ST Special Issue: Modeling, Machine Learning and Astronomy

Theory of machine learning, deep learning in particular has been witnessing an implosion lately in deciphering the “black-box approaches”. Optimizing deep neural networks is largely thought to be an empirical process, requiring manual tuning of several parameters. Drawing insights into these parameters gained much attention lately. The special issue aims to focus on gaining theoretical insights in the computation and setting of these parameters and solicits original work reflecting the influence of such theoretical framework on experimental results on standard datasets and architectures. It also aims to garner valuable talking points from optimization studies, another aspect of deep learning architectures and experiments. It is in this spirit that the guest editors wish to bridge metaheuristic optimization methods with deep neural networks and solicit papers that focus on exploring alternatives to gradient descent/ascent types methods. Papers with theoretical insights and proofs are particularly sought after, with or without limited experimental validation. The guest editors would welcome cutting-edge research on aspects of deep learning theory used in the fields of artificial intelligence, statistics and data science, theoretical and numerical optimization.

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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.

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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.

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EPJ ST Special Issue: Strong Correlations in Dense Matter Physics

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.

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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.

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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)
Many thanks for the excellent work and support from you and your team at Springer / EDP sciences.

Susana Alexandra Barbosa, Centre for Information Systems and Computer Graphics, Porto, Portugal
Editor EPJ Special Topics 224/4, 2015

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

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