Special Issue "Entropic Aspects Arising from Geometric Descriptions of Physical Phenomena"
A special issue of Entropy (ISSN 1099-4300).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 March 2019)
Dr. Carlo Cafaro
State University of New York Polytechnic Institute, 257 Fuller Road, Albany, NY 12203, USA
Interests: classical and quantum information physics; complexity; entropy; inference; information geometry
The role of geometric methods in modern physical science is very important from applied and foundational perspectives alike. The concepts of complexity, entanglement, phase transitions, and quantum algorithms are examples of physical phenomena that may be observed in cleverly prepared experimental settings whose formal description and essential conceptual understanding can be enhanced by means of geometric concepts. These geometric concepts include, among others: induced metric, curvature, isotropy, symmetries, geodesic paths, geodesic deviation, and volume growth. Explorations of the myriad connections among entropic and geometric quantities present opportunities for further lines of investigation ranging from statistical physics to network science. In this Special Issue, we propose the discussion of the following two areas of research: First, geometric descriptions of physical phenomena; second, entropic aspects of such geometrizations.
These investigations are usually undertaken by several types of scientists, including applied mathematicians, quantum physicists, and statistical physicists. The mathematical and physical tools needed to investigate such problems are quite diverse and include, in particular, inference methods, information theory, probability theory, quantum physics, Riemannian geometry, and statistical physics. More importantly, the role that the concept of entropy plays in such geometric formulations of natural phenomena is becoming increasingly important.
It is our great pleasure to welcome your contributions to this Special Issue with the aim of advancing our geometric and entropic understanding of challenging problems appearing in condensed matter physics, general relativity, network science, quantum computing, and thermodynamics, to include a few research fields. At the same time, we hope to highlight the entropic aspects uncovered by means of the geometric modeling of natural phenomena, including special scenarios covered by either classical or quantum modern theoretical physics.
Dr. Carlo Cafaro
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- Inference methods
- Information theory
- Phase transitions
- Probability theory
- Quantum algorithms
- Quantum physics
- Riemannian geometry
- Statistical physics