- 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.
In this context Fundamental Physics refers to a wide range of topics, both within and beyond the Standard Model (SM). Thus, it includes tests of QED theory and measurements of fundamental constants, as well as tests for new particles or fields and searches for Dark Matter and Dark Energy. The primary motivation for this area of research is that the SM is demonstrably incomplete, and high precision measurements, along with relevant theory, can test the SM in order to find out where and how it breaks down. Probing the SM has been the province of the high-energy regime, but various advances in precision measurements now allow low-energy investigations of relevant parameter spaces. There is great advantage to employing both approaches, which have entirely different systematics, and which may be sensitive to very different constraints. Moreover, high energy colliders are major international projects with multi-decade timescales, whereas AMO experiments can be deployed as “tabletop” systems, often in single investigator laboratories. Nevertheless, they can offer possible routes to answering some of the most important open questions in physics.
AMO research areas now cover a wide range of fundamental physics investigations, and this Topical Issue will provide an updated perspective of these developments, as well as new directions for AMO-based studies in these areas.
Topics to be covered include but are not limited to:
- Precision tests of QED theory
- Spectroscopic measurements of fundamental constants
- Tests of discrete symmetries
- Lorentz symmetry tests
- Foundational aspects of quantum physics
- Physics beyond the Standard Model
- Time variations of fundamental constants
- Physics with exotic atoms
- Searches for Dark Matter/Energy
- Advances in experimental/theoretical techniques and instrumentation
These general topics may be interpreted in the broadest sense, and the issue is open to everyone working in related fields, including those focussed on instrumental or technological developments. The topical issue is now open for submission of contributions. Original research papers, review articles, and white paper/roadmap articles are all welcomed. We invite contributors to communicate their intention to submit manuscripts for this Topical Issue to the Guest Editors as soon as possible. Please provide the tentative title of the paper and a short abstract. The full manuscripts should be submitted before the deadline directly to the EPJD Editorial Office at https://www.editorialmanager.com/epjd/
Submissions should be clearly identified as intended for the Topical Issue on “Atomic, Molecular and Optical techniques for Fundamental Physics”. 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. More information about EPJD, including instructions for authors is available at http://epjd.epj.org/.
Guest Editors of the Special issue:
EPJ D is a hybrid journal offering Open Access publication via the Open Choice programme. We have a growing number of Springer Compact “Publish and Read” arrangements which enable authors to publish OA at no direct cost (all costs are paid centrally). For further information on eligible authors please consult the list of “Transformative Read and Publish agreements” on https://www.springernature.com/gp/open-research/institutional-agreements.