Special Issue "Symmetries in Quantum Mechanics and Statistical Physics"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 January 2021.
Interests: supersymmetric quantum mechanics; classical N-vector models; group-theoretical and path-integral methods in physics
Symmetry is a fundamental concept in science and has played a significant role since the early days of quantum physics. For example, the rotational symmetry of Coulomb interactions is key in the group theoretic classification of atomic spectra, and its dynamical SO(4) symmetry accounts for the accidental degeneracy of the H atom spectrum. In physics, symmetry characterises the invariance of a system under certain transformations, being either discrete like mirror symmetry or continuous like rotational symmetry. In mathematics, symmetries are described by group theoretic means.
Symmetry methods are still powerful tools in contemporary problems of quantum mechanics and statistical physics, and they go beyond the classical Lie groups and algebras. Examples are the so-called supersymmetric quantum mechanics and the PT invariance of non-Hermitian Hamiltonians. In this Special Issue of Symmetry, we invite original contributions which utilise symmetry methods to understand and solve problems related to the keywords listed below. However, it is also open to other topics related to quantum mechanics and/or statistical physics where symmetry plays a key role.
Priv.-Doz. Dr. Georg Junker
Manuscript Submission Information
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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Symmetry is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.
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- Schrödinger- and Pauli-Hamiltonians
- relativistic wave equations
- Feynman and Wiener path integrals
- supersymmetric quantum mechanics
- PT symmetry and complex potentials
- group coherent states
- Fokker–Planck and Langevin equation
- Ising models and spin systems
- classical vector models