Special Issue "Non-Standard Lagrangians and Hamiltonians in Theoretical Physics and Applied Mathematics"

A special issue of Symmetry (ISSN 2073-8994).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2020.

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Prof. Dr. Rami Ahmad El-Nabulsi
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Athens Institute for Education and Research, Mathematics and Physics Divisions, 10671, Athens, Greece
Interests: Geometrical Dynamics; Quantum Mechanics; Nonlinearity; Fractal Dynamics; Geometrical Physics; General Relativity and Gravitation; Operators Theory; Quantum Field Theory; Plasma MHD and Planetary Dynamics; Chaos and Bifurcations; Reactor Physics and Nuclear Sciences; Solid State Physics and Magnetism; Quantum Electronics and nanostructures
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Dear Colleagues,

“Non-standard Lagrangians” (NSLs), which involve neither the ordinary kinetic term nor the classical potential function, form an interesting field in theoretical physics and applied mathematics despite their anomalous or irregular physical forms. They were introduced in 1978 by Arnold in his classic book “Mathematical Methods of Classical Mechanics”. Nevertheless, their real implications for theoretical physics date back to 1984 when Alekseev and Arbuzov used them to describe large distances interactions in the region of applicability of classical theory, a problem which is related to the color confinement issue. Regardless of their strange properties, NSLs play a significant role in the theory of nonlinear differential equations, dissipative dynamical systems, earthquake physics, plasma physics, astrophysics, quantum mechanics, and quantum field theory, among others. They are an emerging phenomenon. The main aim of this Special Issue is to discuss new implications of NSLs in different fields of theoretical physics and applied mathematics, in particular classical and quantum mechanics, quantum hydrodynamics, kinetic theory, solid state physics, classical and quantum electrodynamics, nuclear physics, astrophysics, and cosmology.

Prof. Rami Ahmad El-Nabulsi
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Keywords

  • non-standard Lagrangians and Hamiltonians
  • non-standard fractional Lagrangians
  • dynamical systems and nonlinear differential equations
  • Noether's symmetries and dissipative systems
  • calculus of variations and the inverse problem
  • non-standard Lagrangians on time-scales
  • non-standard Lagrangians in theoretical physics and applied mathematics
  • applications (astrophysics, solid state physics, nuclear physics, quantum mechanics, quantum field theory, astrophysics).

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Variational Principles for Two Kinds of Coupled Nonlinear Equations in Shallow Water
Symmetry 2020, 12(5), 850; https://doi.org/10.3390/sym12050850 - 22 May 2020
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It is a very important but difficult task to seek explicit variational formulations for nonlinear and complex models because variational principles are theoretical bases for many methods to solve or analyze the nonlinear problem. By designing skillfully the trial-Lagrange functional, different groups of [...] Read more.
It is a very important but difficult task to seek explicit variational formulations for nonlinear and complex models because variational principles are theoretical bases for many methods to solve or analyze the nonlinear problem. By designing skillfully the trial-Lagrange functional, different groups of variational principles are successfully constructed for two kinds of coupled nonlinear equations in shallow water, i.e., the Broer-Kaup equations and the (2+1)-dimensional dispersive long-wave equations, respectively. Both of them contain many kinds of soliton solutions, which are always symmetric or anti-symmetric in space. Subsequently, the obtained variational principles are proved to be correct by minimizing the functionals with the calculus of variations. The established variational principles are firstly discovered, which can help to study the symmetries and find conserved quantities for the equations considered, and might find lots of applications in numerical simulation. Full article
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Oscillatory Behavior of Fourth-Order Differential Equations with Neutral Delay
Symmetry 2020, 12(3), 371; https://doi.org/10.3390/sym12030371 - 02 Mar 2020
Cited by 5
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In this paper, new sufficient conditions for oscillation of fourth-order neutral differential equations are established. One objective of our paper is to further improve and complement some well-known results which were published recently in the literature. Symmetry ideas are often invisible in these [...] Read more.
In this paper, new sufficient conditions for oscillation of fourth-order neutral differential equations are established. One objective of our paper is to further improve and complement some well-known results which were published recently in the literature. Symmetry ideas are often invisible in these studies, but they help us decide the right way to study them, and to show us the correct direction for future developments. An example is given to illustrate the importance of our results. Full article
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A Note on Ricci Solitons
Symmetry 2020, 12(2), 289; https://doi.org/10.3390/sym12020289 - 17 Feb 2020
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In this paper, we characterize trivial Ricci solitons. We observe the important role of the energy function f of a Ricci soliton (half the squared length of the potential vector field) in the charectrization of trivial Ricci solitons. We find three characterizations of [...] Read more.
In this paper, we characterize trivial Ricci solitons. We observe the important role of the energy function f of a Ricci soliton (half the squared length of the potential vector field) in the charectrization of trivial Ricci solitons. We find three characterizations of connected trivial Ricci solitons by imposing different restrictions on the energy function. We also use Hessian of the potential function to characterize compact trivial Ricci solitons. Finally, we show that a solution of a Poisson equation is the energy function f of a compact Ricci soliton if and only if the Ricci soliton is trivial. Full article
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New Results for Oscillatory Behavior of Fourth-Order Differential Equations
Symmetry 2020, 12(1), 136; https://doi.org/10.3390/sym12010136 - 09 Jan 2020
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Our aim in the present paper is to employ the Riccatti transformation which differs from those reported in some literature and comparison principles with the second-order differential equations, to establish some new conditions for the oscillation of all solutions of fourth-order differential equations. [...] Read more.
Our aim in the present paper is to employ the Riccatti transformation which differs from those reported in some literature and comparison principles with the second-order differential equations, to establish some new conditions for the oscillation of all solutions of fourth-order differential equations. Moreover, we establish some new criterion for oscillation by using an integral averages condition of Philos-type, also Hille and Nehari-type. Some examples are provided to illustrate the main results. Full article
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Quantum Correction for Newton’s Law of Motion
Symmetry 2020, 12(1), 63; https://doi.org/10.3390/sym12010063 - 27 Dec 2019
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A description of the motion in noninertial reference frames by means of the inclusion of high time derivatives is studied. Incompleteness of the description of physical reality is a problem of any theory, both in quantum mechanics and classical physics. The “stability principle” [...] Read more.
A description of the motion in noninertial reference frames by means of the inclusion of high time derivatives is studied. Incompleteness of the description of physical reality is a problem of any theory, both in quantum mechanics and classical physics. The “stability principle” is put forward. We also provide macroscopic examples of noninertial mechanics and verify the use of high-order derivatives as nonlocal hidden variables on the basis of the equivalence principle when acceleration is equal to the gravitational field. Acceleration in this case is a function of high derivatives with respect to time. The definition of dark metrics for matter and energy is presented to replace the standard notions of dark matter and dark energy. In the Conclusion section, problem symmetry is noted for noninertial mechanics. Full article
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