Special Issue "Condensed-Matter-Principia Based Information & Statistical Measures: From Classical to Quantum"

A special issue of Entropy (ISSN 1099-4300).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 December 2019.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Adam Gadomski
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UTP University of Science and Technology, Bydgoszcz, Poland
Interests: statistical mechanics; soft condensed matter; (bio)materials nanophysics
Prof. Sylwia Zielińska-Raczyńska
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UTP University of Science and Technology, Bydgoszcz, Poland
Interests: quantum optics; quantum information; photonics

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Information, a relevant concern of this Special Issue, can be qualitatively defined as a noise-affected portion of an expected physical quantity transmitted from a sender to its receiving counterpart through a sender–receiver interface, also named an intermedium.

There is a substantiated knowledge accumulated about the routes of information transmission called, mostly, information channels. The intermedium can then be viewed as an ensemble of the channels: They can either be noisy or fairly noiseless.

The tercet, comprising the sender–receiver couple, and the intermedium, can be presented both classically and quantum-mechanically. A classic example is crystal growth from solution/melt, viewed as a sender, whereas the crystal surface zone mimics the receiver, and the entire crystal’s interface can be identified with the intermedium.

A quantum-mechanical example can be presented in terms of electrons transported along (carbon) nanotubes of different length and tortuosity, incorporated in a (bio)material’s sample, if operating out of Landauer’s ballistic-transport principia, thus experiencing tunneling conductivity conditions. Transport of quantum particles such as excitons is another valuable example.

The proposed Special Issue calls for papers dealing with physicochemical, condensed-matter systems, or their interdisciplinary analogs, for which really precise and well-defined classical vs. quantum information measures can be inferred, based preferably on the entropy concept.

It is envisaged that certain criteria such as those based on maximum entropy principle or entropy production for open thermodynamical systems will be applied using methods of statistical mechanics and quantum physics. Nonlinear (optoelectronic) complex systems’ peculiarities, different noise sources, and similar perturbative factors, such as distribution of defects and/or barriers to transport, as well as sources of chemical reactions spoiling a system’s directional behavior, are welcome to their incorporation in the Special Issue. 

This Special Issue is devoted in part to recognizing the outstanding contribution to statistical thermodynamics and condensed matter physics by Professor Gerard Czajkowski, former institute director and vice rector for research at the UTP University of Science and Technology, Bydgoszcz, Poland.

The recognition is planned as Colloquium at UTP University of Science & Technology (Bydgoszcz, Poland), sponsored by the Marshal of Kujawsko-Pomorskie Voivodship in Toruń, Poland.

Prof. Adam Gadomski
Prof. Sylwia Zielińska-Raczyńska
Guest Editors

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Fractal Plasmons on Cantor Set Thin Film
Entropy 2019, 21(12), 1176; https://doi.org/10.3390/e21121176 - 29 Nov 2019
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The propagation of surface plasmon–polaritons is investigated in a metallic, fractal-like structure based on Cantor set. The dynamic of plasmonic modes generating on the Cantor structure is discussed in the context of the setup geometry. The numerically obtained reflection spectra are analyzed with [...] Read more.
The propagation of surface plasmon–polaritons is investigated in a metallic, fractal-like structure based on Cantor set. The dynamic of plasmonic modes generating on the Cantor structure is discussed in the context of the setup geometry. The numerically obtained reflection spectra are analyzed with the box-counting method to obtain their dimension, which is shown to be dependent on the geometry of the plasmonic structure. The entropy of the structure is also calculated and shown to be proportional to the dimension. Presented analysis allows for extracting information about fractal plasmonic structure from the reflectance spectrum. Predictions regarding the experimental observation of discussed effects are presented. Full article
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Entropy and Information Theory: Uses and Misuses
Entropy 2019, 21(12), 1170; https://doi.org/10.3390/e21121170 - 29 Nov 2019
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This article is about the profound misuses, misunderstanding, misinterpretations and misapplications of entropy, the Second Law of Thermodynamics and Information Theory. It is the story of the “Greatest Blunder Ever in the History of Science”. It is not about a single blunder admitted [...] Read more.
This article is about the profound misuses, misunderstanding, misinterpretations and misapplications of entropy, the Second Law of Thermodynamics and Information Theory. It is the story of the “Greatest Blunder Ever in the History of Science”. It is not about a single blunder admitted by a single person (e.g., Albert Einstein allegedly said in connection with the cosmological constant, that this was his greatest blunder), but rather a blunder of gargantuan proportions whose claws have permeated all branches of science; from thermodynamics, cosmology, biology, psychology, sociology and much more. Full article

Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

1. Tentative title: Entropy and Information Theory; Uses and Misuses
Leading author: Prof. Arieh Ben-Naim
Affiliation: Department of Physical Chemistry, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Jerusalem, 91904, Israel

2. Tentative title: Quantum Teleportation
Leading author: Prof. Jerzy Łuczka
Affiliation: Department of Theoretical Physics,  Institute of Physics, University of Silesia, 75 Pulku Piechoty 1A, Chorzow, 41-500, Poland

3. Tentative title: Applications of information theory methods for evolutionary optimization of chemical computers
Leading author: Prof. Jerzy Górecki
Affiliation: Institute of Physical Chemistry, Polish Academy of Sciences, Kasprzaka 44/52, Warsaw, 01-224, Poland
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