- Published on 30 November 2021
Guest Editors: Vincenzo Guidi, Nigel J. Mason, Andrey V. Solov’yov and Alexey V. Verkhovtsev.
Submissions are invited for a Topical Issue of EPJ D on Dynamics of Systems on the Nanoscale (2021).
This Topical Issue aims to highlight the interdisciplinary research topics that elucidate the structure, formation, and dynamics of animate and inanimate matter on the nanometer scale. There are many examples of complex many-body systems at the micro- and nanoscale exhibiting unique features, properties and functions. These systems may have very different nature and origin, e.g. atomic and molecular clusters, nanostructures, ensembles of nanoparticles, nanomaterials, biomolecules, biomolecular and mesoscopic systems. A detailed understanding of the structure and dynamics of these systems on the nanometer scale is a fundamental and challenging task, the solution of which is necessary for numerous applications of nano- and biotechnology, materials science and medicine.
- Published on 09 November 2021
Guest Editors: Tong-Pu Yu, Francesco Pegoraro, Gianluca Sarri and David A. Reis.
Submissions are invited for a Topical Issue of EPJD on “High Field QED Physics”.
Recent progress in ultra-high intensity laser technology has opened up new frontiers in several key research topics, including relativistic non-linear optics, high-field quantum electrodynamics (HI-QED), high-energy particle physics, and laboratory astrophysics. Several high-power laser facilities worldwide – such as the CLF, the ELI pillars, SULF, SILEX-II, GIST – have now reported on successful operations at, or even exceeding, PetaWatt (PW)-scale peak powers and focused intensities exceeding 1023 Wcm-2. With such intense laser pulses, the interaction between laser and matter enters into a QED-dominated realm, where extremely rich nonlinear phenomena such as rapid acceleration of electrons and ions, copious electron-positron pair production, and ultra-brilliant gamma-ray emission are involved. These QED processes become important when the electric field in the electron’s rest frame approaches the critical field for QED (the Schwinger field Es= 1.3×1018 Vm-1).
- Published on 21 October 2021
Guest Editors: David Clément, Joseph Thywissen, and Philippe Grangier
Submissions are invited for a Topical Issue in EPJD on “Quantum Optics of Light and Matter: honouring Alain Aspect”. The issue is intended to gather contributions from contemporary research on quantum and atom optics, including frontier problems in quantum physics and quantum simulations with photons and ultra-cold gases, and covering theory, experiments, and applications.
Research conducted by Alain Aspect in the 1980s with photons were fundamental to the experimental demonstration of non-local quantum correlations – entanglement – through the violation of Bell inequalities, as well as to the development of single-photon sources. Following these advances, both fundamental research of entanglement and applications in quantum communications have flourished. In the 1990s, Alain entered the emerging field of atomic matter waves, with seminal contributions to laser cooling of atoms, in the group around Claude Cohen-Tannoudji at ENS and Collège de France. This led him to launch the Atom Optics research group at Institut d’Optique with the aim of investigating the properties of matter waves at ultra-low temperatures.
- Published on 01 July 2021
Guest Editors: David Cassidy, Jesús Pérez Ríos, Randolf Pohl and Mingsheng Zhan.
Submissions are invited for a Topical Issue of EPJD on Atomic, Molecular and Optical techniques for Fundamental Physics.
Atomic, Molecular, and Optical (AMO) techniques have been at the forefront of fundamental physics for over a century, revealing, via the structure of the hydrogen atom, the quantum nature of the subatomic realm, and later, via the Lamb shift, some of the subtleties of that realm. AMO methods continue to thrive in diverse areas, from astrophysics to biomedical imaging, and have recently been brought to bear on numerous areas related to fundamental physics.
EPJ D Topical Issue: Molecular collisions, photoionization and dynamics: honouring Professor Vincent McKoy
- Published on 29 March 2021
Guest Editors: Márcio Bettega, Steve Buckman, Murtadha Khakoo, Paulo Limão-Vieira and Márcio Verella
Submissions are invited for a Topical Issue in EPJD on “Molecular collisions, photoionization and dynamics: honouring Professor Vincent McKoy”. The issue is intended to gather contributions from contemporary research on electron scattering, photoionization, molecular dynamics and related frontier problems in Molecular Sciences to cover theory, experiment and application.
- Published on 25 June 2020
Submissions are invited for a Topical Issue of EPJD on the Quantum Aspects of Attoscience.
Attoscience has emerged from the interaction of matter with intense laser fields and deals with some of the shortest timescales in nature. Its ultimate goal, to control electron dynamics in real time, has made the area hugely popular, with applications ranging from biomolecules to human-made devices. This rapid growth has led to a vast, fragmented methodological landscape, with many conflicting views. Furthermore, whilst classical methods have enjoyed great success, quantum aspects remain largely unexplored, especially in extended, highly correlated systems.
- Published on 12 May 2020
Submissions are invited for a Topical Issue of EPJD on Low Temperature Plasmas: Processes, Diagnostics and Applications. The aim of this Topical issue is to present new results in the field of low temperature plasmas with a view towards new applications, and development of advanced technologies.
Simulation and theory, combined with development of plasma diagnostics and systems, all lead to improved understanding of plasmas; understanding that enables control and application, and results in the development of new methodologies and eventually to technology transfer.