Physics doi: 10.3390/physics6030070

Authors: G. Jordan Maclay

The Casimir effect has been exploited in various MEMS (micro-electro-mechanical system) devices, especially to make sensitive force sensors and accelerometers. It has also been used to provide forces for a variety of purposes, for example, for the assembly of considerably small parts. Repulsive forces and torques have been produced using various configurations of media and materials. Just a few electronic devices have been explored that utilize the electrical properties of the Casimir effect. Recently, experimental results were presented that described the operation of an electronic device that employed a Casimir cavity attached to a standard MIM (metal&ndash;insulator&ndash;metal) structure. The DC (direct current) conductance of the novel MIM device was enhanced by the attached cavity and found to be directly proportional to the capacitance of the attached cavity. The phenomenological model proposed assumed that the cavity reduced the vacuum fluctuations, which resulted in a reduced injection of carriers. The analysis presented here indicates that the optical cavity actually enhances vacuum fluctuations, which would predict a current in the opposite direction from that observed. Further, the vacuum fluctuations near the electrode are shown to be approximately independent of the size of the optical cavity, in disagreement with the experimental data which show a dependence on the size. Thus, the proposed mechanism of operation does not appear correct. A more detailed theoretical analysis of these devices is needed, in particular, one that uses real material parameters and computes the vacuum fluctuations for the entire device. Such an analysis would reveal how these devices operate and might suggest design principles for a new genre of electronic devices that make use of vacuum fluctuations.

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Authors: Roberto Grimaudo

This paper presents a two-qubit model derived from an SU(2)-symmetric 4&times;4 Hamiltonian. The resulting model is physically significant and, due to the SU(2) symmetry, is exactly solvable in both time-independent and time-dependent cases. Using the formal, general form of the related time evolution operator, the time dependence of the entanglement level for certain initial conditions is examined within the Rabi and Landau&ndash;Majorana&ndash;St&uuml;ckelberg&ndash;Zener scenarios. The potential for applying this approach to higher-dimensional Hamiltonians to develop more complex exactly solvable models of interacting qubits is also highlighted.

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Authors: Nurzhan Saduyev Maulen Nassurlla Nassurlla Burtebayev Stanislav Sakuta Marzhan Nassurlla Orazaly Kalikulov Romazan Khojayev Avganbek Sabidolda Damir Issayev

The elastic and inelastic scattering of deuterons on 10B nuclei and the 10B(d, t)9B reaction were studied at a deuteron energy of 14.5 MeV. In inelastic scattering, differential cross-sections for transitions to 10B states at excitation energies, Ex, of 0.718 MeV (1+), 2.154 MeV (1+), and 3.59 MeV (2+) were measured. The cross-sections of the (d, t) reaction were measured for the ground (3/2&minus;) and excited states of the 9B nucleus at Ex = 2.361 MeV (5/2&minus;) and 2.79 MeV (5/2+). An analysis of the corresponding angular distributions was carried out using the coupled channel method. As a result of the calculations, the values of the quadrupole deformation parameters (&beta;2 &asymp; 0.7 &plusmn; 0.1) for various transitions in the 10B nucleus in inelastic scattering were extracted. From the analysis of the (d, t) reaction, the values of spectroscopic amplitudes (SA = 0.67 and SA = 0.94) for transitions to the states of the 9B nucleus were extracted. The results obtained here, taking into account possible measurement errors, are in good agreement with the previously obtained data and the theoretical predictions.

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Authors: Feng Yang

Ferroelectric charged domain walls offer a revolutionary path for next-generation ferroelectric devices due to their exceptional conductivity within an otherwise insulating matrix. However, quantitative understanding of this &ldquo;giant conductivity&rdquo; has remained elusive due to the lack of robust models describing carrier behavior within CDWs. The current paper bridges this critical knowledge gap by employing a first-principles approach that incorporates Boltzmann transport theory and the relaxation time approximation. This strategy enables the calculation of carrier concentration, mobility, and conductivity for both head-to-head and tail-to-tail domain wall configurations within a stabilized periodic structure. The comprehensive transport analysis given here reveals that the accumulation of charge carriers, particularly their concentration, is the dominant factor governing domain wall conductance. Interestingly, observed conductance differences between head-to-head and tail-to-tail walls primarily arise from variations in carrier mobility. Additionally, this study demonstrates a significantly reduced domain wall width compared to previous reports. This miniaturization is attributed to the presence of compressive strain, which lowers the energy barrier for electron&ndash;hole pair generation. Furthermore, the findings here suggest that reducing the band gap presents a viable strategy for stabilizing charged domain walls. These results pave the way for the optimization and development of domain wall devices across a spectrum of ferroelectric materials.

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Authors: Galina L. Klimchitskaya Vladimir M. Mostepanenko

In the present introductory to the Special Issue &ldquo;75 Years of the Casimir Effect: Advances and Prospects&rdquo;, we summarize the state of the art in this field of physics, briefly describe the topics of the contributing papers, formulate several unresolved problems, and outline possible pathways towards their resolution. Special attention is given to experiments on measuring the Casimir force, to the known problem of the dissipation of conduction electrons when one compares experiment with theory, and to the Casimir effect in novel materials and non-traditional situations. We conclude that in the future, this multidisciplinary quantum effect will continue to play a crucial role in both fundamental physics and its applications.

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Authors: Valdir Barbosa Bezerra Herondy Francisco Santana Mota Augusto P. C. M. Lima Geová Alencar Celio Rodrigues Muniz

In this paper, we review some recent findings related to the Casimir effect. Initially, the thermal corrections to the vacuum Casimir energy density are calculated, for a quantum scalar field, whose modes propagate in the (3+1)-dimensional Euclidean spacetime, subject to a nontrivial compact boundary condition. Next, we analyze the Casimir effect induced by two parallel plates placed in a weak gravitational field background. Finally, we review the three-dimensional wormhole solutions sourced by the Casimir density and pressures associated with the quantum vacuum fluctuations of the Yang-Mills field.

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Authors: Ivan V. Dudinets Margarita A. Man’ko Vladimir I. Man’ko

We review the formalism of center-of-mass tomograms, which allows us to describe quantum states in terms of probability distribution functions. We introduce the concept of separable and entangled probability distributions for center-of-mass tomography. We obtain the time evolution of center-of-mass tomograms of entangled states of the inverted oscillator.

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Authors: Serge Galam

I am deeply moved and honored by this Special Issue of the journal Physics celebrating my seventieth birthday and forty years of sociophysics [...]

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Authors: André C. R. Martins

Traditional models of opinion dynamics provide a simplified approach to understanding human behavior in basic social scenarios. However, when it comes to issues such as polarization and extremism, a more nuanced understanding of human biases and cognitive tendencies are required. This paper proposes an approach to modeling opinion dynamics by integrating mental models and assumptions of individuals agents using Bayesian-inspired methods. By exploring the relationship between human rationality and Bayesian theory, this paper demonstrates the usefulness of these methods in describing how opinions evolve. The analysis here builds upon the basic idea in the Continuous Opinions and Discrete Actions (CODA) model, by applying Bayesian-inspired rules to account for key human behaviors such as confirmation bias, motivated reasoning, and human reluctance to change opinions. Through this, This paper updates rules that are compatible with known human biases. The current work sheds light on the role of human biases in shaping opinion dynamics. I hope that by making the model more realistic this might lead to more accurate predictions of real-world scenarios.

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Authors: Taras I. Mogilyuk Pavel D. Grigoriev Vladislav D. Kochev Ivan S. Volokhov Ilya Y. Polishchuk

Magnetic quantum oscillations (MQOs) are traditionally applied to investigate the electronic structure of metals. In layered quasi-two-dimensional (Q2D) materials, the MQOs have several qualitative features, offering additional helpful information, provided their theoretical description is developed. Within the framework of the Kubo formula and the self-consistent Born approximation, we reconsider the phase of the beats in the amplitude of the Shubnikov oscillations of the interlayer conductivity in Q2D metals. We show that the phase shift of the beats of the Shubnikov (conductivity) oscillations relative to the de Haas&ndash;van Alphen (magnetization) oscillations is larger than woud be expected and, under certain conditions, can reach the value of &pi;/2, as observed experimentally. We explain the phase inversion of the MQOs during the 3D&ndash;2D crossover and predict the decrease in the relative MQO amplitude of the interlayer magnetoresistance in a strong magnetic field, larger than the beat frequency.

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Authors: Juanita Saroj James Hiromi Fujita Peter J. Carrington Andrew R. J. Marshall Susan Krier Anthony Krier

An approach to derive the below-bandgap absorption in GaSb/GaAs self-assembled quantum dot devices using room-temperature external quantum efficiency measurement results is presented. Devices with five layers of delta-doped quantum dots placed in the intrinsic, n- and p-regions of a GaAs solar cell are studied. The importance of incorporating an extended Urbach tail absorption in analyzing the absorption strength of quantum dots and the transition states is demonstrated. The theoretically integrated absorbance via quantum dot ground states is calculated as 1.04 &times; 1015 cm&minus;1s&minus;1, which is in reasonable agreement with the experimentally derived value 8.1 &times; 1015 cm&minus;1s&minus;1. The wetting layer and quantum dot absorption contributions are separated from the tail absorption and their transition energies are calculated. Using these transition energies and the GaAs energy gap of 1.42 eV, the heavy hole confinement energies for the quantum dots (320 meV) and for the wetting layer (120 meV) are estimated.

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Authors: Ciann-Dong Yang

On 17 October 1947, Niels Bohr was made a knight of the Order of the Elephant by the King of Denmark in view of his outstanding achievements and contributions to science. Bohr designed his own coat of arms that featured a pattern of Yin and Yang (Tai Chi symbol) to symbolize the wave&ndash;particle complementarity. However, Bohr&rsquo;s Yin-Yang diagram (YYD) was neither drawn based on the principles of quantum mechanics, nor did it originate from the traditional Taoist YYD. Scientists still have doubts about the legitimacy of using YYD as the icon of the wave&ndash;particle complementarity, because the YYD belonging to quantum mechanics itself is unknown so far. This paper reports the YYDs existing in quantum mechanics and justifies the role of YYD in the wave&ndash;particle duality by showing that any system, whether classical or quantum, has an ideal YYD as long as it satisfies Bohr&rsquo;s principle of complementarity (BPC). The deviation of a deformed YYD from the ideal YYD indicates the extent to which a real system satisfies BPC. This paper constructs the quantum YYD by the complex quantum trajectory of a particle tunneling via a step barrier, which displays the continuous transition between the wave behavior and the particle behavior. It appears that the YYD designed by Bohr in his coat of arms resembles the YYD generated by tunneling motion, not only in appearance but also in the governing equation.

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Authors: Shi-Dong Liang

Based on the position and momentum of noncommutative relations with a noncanonical map, we study the Dirac equation and analyze its parity and time reversal symmetries in a noncommutative phase space. Noncommutative parameters can be endowed with the Planck length and cosmological constant such that the noncommutative effect can be interpreted as an effective gauge potential or a (0,2)-type curvature associated with the Plank constant and cosmological constant. This provides a natural coupling between dynamics and spacetime geometry. We find that a free Dirac particle carries an intrinsic velocity and force induced by the noncommutative algebra. These properties provide a novel insight into the Zitterbewegung oscillation and the physical scenario of dark energy. Using perturbation theory, we derive the perturbed and nonrelativistic solutions of the Dirac equation. The asymmetric vacuum gaps of particles and antiparticles reveal the particle&ndash;antiparticle symmetry breaking in the noncommutative phase space, which provides a clue to understanding the physical mechanisms of particle&ndash;antiparticle asymmetry and quantum decoherence through quantum spacetime fluctuation.

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Authors: Yichao Jing Vladimir N. Litvinenko Jun Ma Gang Wang

There are numerous instabilities present in charged particle beams that undergo exponential growth and reach saturation. In various applications, such as free-electron lasers or micro-bunching light sources, achieving saturation is desirable. Conversely, there are applications where these instabilities are utilized as linear broad-band amplifiers for signals embedded in the charged beam. In the latter scenario, the saturation of an instability induces non-linear distortions in the imprinted signal, thereby limiting the useful range of such amplifiers. Accurate evaluation of these instabilities necessitates a complete and comprehensive modeling approach that includes shot noise within the beam. Unfortunately, such modeling is not always feasible or practical. In this paper, we introduce a methodology utilizing the frequency and bandwidth of the instability as key parameters. Through this, we derive an estimation for the range of linear instability growth. Our derivation is conducted in a model-independent manner, making it applicable to a broad spectrum of instabilities. To validate our approach, we employ established and thoroughly benchmarked simulations with a free electron laser (FEL) code as well as self-consistent 3-dimensional simulation of plasma-cascade instability using code SPACE.

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Authors: Stephen M. Barnett James D. Cresser Sarah Croke

We investigate the effects of the electromagnetic vacuum field on a harmonically bound electron. We show that in the electric-dipole approximation the model atom couples only to an effective one-dimensional electric field. In a simplified form, in which the problem is reduced to a single spatial dimension, we determine, analytically, the form of the ground state and discuss the significance of this state.

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Authors: Madhav Dhital Umar Mohideen

Here, we review recent advances in precision Casimir force measurements with both non-magnetic and magnetic materials. In addition, the measurement of the geometric dependence of the Casimir force, both lateral and normal, using uniformly corrugated surfaces is briefly presented. Finally, the measurement of the thermal Casimir force in graphene is discussed.

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Authors: Seiso Fukumura Patrick Strasser Mahiro Fushihara Yu Goto Takashi Ino Ryoto Iwai Sohtaro Kanda Shiori Kawamura Masaaki Kitaguchi Shoichiro Nishimura Takayuki Oku Takuya Okudaira Hirohiko M. Shimizu Koichiro Shimomura Hiroki Tada Hiroyuki A. Torii

The mass&nbsp;m&mu;&minus;&nbsp;of the negative muon is one of the parameters of the elementary particle Standard Model and it allows us to verify the CPT (charge&ndash;parity&ndash;time) symmetry theorem by comparing&nbsp;m&mu;&minus;&nbsp;value with the mass&nbsp;m&mu;+&nbsp;of the positive muon. However, the experimental determination precision of&nbsp;m&mu;&minus;&nbsp;is&nbsp;3.1ppm, which is an order of magnitude lower than the determination precision of&nbsp;m&mu;+&nbsp;at&nbsp;120ppb. The authors aim to determine&nbsp;m&mu;&minus;&nbsp;and the magnetic moment&nbsp;&mu;&mu;&minus;&nbsp;with a precision of&nbsp;O(10ppb)&nbsp;through spectroscopy of the hyperfine structure (HFS) of muonic helium-4 atom&nbsp;(4He&mu;&minus;e&minus;)&nbsp;under high magnetic fields.&nbsp;He4&mu;&minus;e&minus;&nbsp;is an exotic atom where one of the two electrons of the&nbsp;He4&nbsp;atom is replaced by a negative muon. To achieve the goal, it is necessary to determine the HFS of&nbsp;He4&mu;&minus;e&minus;&nbsp;with a precision of&nbsp;O(1ppb). This paper describes the determination procedure of the HFS of&nbsp;He4&mu;&minus;e&minus;&nbsp;in weak magnetic fields reported recently, and the work towards achieving the goal of higher precision measurement.

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Authors: Serge Galam

To curb the spread of fake news, I propose an alternative to the current trend of implementing coercive measures. This approach would preserve freedom of speech while neutralizing the social impact of fake news. The proposal relies on creating an environment to naturally sequestrate fake news within quite small networks of people. I illustrate the process using a stylized model of opinion dynamics. In particular, I explore the effect of a simultaneous activation of prejudice tie breaking and contrarian behavior, on the spread of fake news. The results show that indeed most pieces of fake news do not propagate beyond quite small groups of people and thus pose no global threat. However, some peculiar sets of parameters are found to boost fake news so that it &ldquo;naturally&rdquo; invades an entire community with no resistance, even if initially shared by only a handful of agents. These findings identify the modifications of the parameters required to reverse the boosting effect into a sequestration effect by an appropriate reshaping of the social geometry of the opinion dynamics landscape. Then, all fake news items become &ldquo;naturally&rdquo; trapped inside limited networks of people. No prohibition is required. The next significant challenge is implementing this groundbreaking scheme within social media.

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Authors: Enrico Massa

The International System of Units (SI), the current form of the metric system and the world&rsquo;s most used system of units, has been continuously updated and refined since the Metre Convention of 1875 to ensure that it remains up to date with the latest scientific and technological advances. The General Conference on Weights and Measures, at its 26th meeting in 2018, decided to adopt stipulated values of seven physical constants linked to seven measurement units (the second, meter, kilogram, ampere, kelvin, mole, and candela). This paper reviews the technologies developed, in intense and long-standing work, to determine the Avogadro and Planck constants, which are now integral to realising the kilogram.

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Authors: Dhananjay Yadav Mukesh Awasthi Ashwani Kumar Nitesh Dutt

The mutual influences of the electric field, rotation, and heat transmission find applications in controlled drug delivery systems, precise microfluidic manipulation, and advanced materials’ processing techniques due to their ability to tailor fluid behavior and surface morphology with enhanced precision and efficiency. Capillary instability has widespread relevance in various natural and industrial processes, ranging from the breakup of liquid jets and the formation of droplets in inkjet printing to the dynamics of thin liquid films and the behavior of liquid bridges in microgravity environments. This study examines the swirling impact on the instability arising from the capillary effects at the boundary of Rivlin–Ericksen and viscous liquids, influenced by an axial electric field, heat, and mass transmission. Capillary instability arises when the cohesive forces at the interface between two fluids are disrupted by perturbations, leading to the formation of characteristic patterns such as waves or droplets. The influence of gravity and fluid flow velocity is disregarded in the context of capillary instability analyses. The annular region is formed by two cylinders: one containing a viscous fluid and the other a Rivlin–Ericksen viscoelastic fluid. The Rivlin–Ericksen model is pivotal for comprehending the characteristics of viscoelastic fluids, widely utilized in industrial and biological contexts. It precisely characterizes their rheological complexities, encompassing elasticity and viscosity, critical for forecasting flow dynamics in polymer processing, food production, and drug delivery. Moreover, its applications extend to biomedical engineering, offering insights crucial for medical device design and understanding biological phenomena like blood flow. The inside cylinder remains stationary, and the outside cylinder rotates at a steady pace. A numerically analyzed quadratic growth rate is obtained from perturbed equations using potential flow theory and the Rivlin–Ericksen fluid model. The findings demonstrate enhanced stability due to the heat and mass transfer and increased stability from swirling. Notably, the heat transfer stabilizes the interface, while the density ratio and centrifuge number also impact stability. An axial electric field exhibits a dual effect, with certain permittivity and conductivity ratios causing perturbation growth decay or expansion.

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Authors: Giuseppe Procopio Chiara Pezzotti Davide Cocco Massimiliano Giona

Starting from the analysis of the lack of positivity of the Cattaneo heat equation, this work addresses the thermodynamic relevance of the positivity constraint in irreversible thermodynamics, that is at least as significant as the entropic constraints. The fulfillment of this condition in hyperbolic models leads to the parametrization of the concentration fields with respect to internal variables associated with the microscopic dynamics. Using Brownian motion theory as a landmark example for deriving macroscopic transport equations from the equations of motion at the particle/molecular level, we discuss two typical problems involving hydrodynamic interactions at the microscale: surface chemical reactions at a solid interface of a diffusing reactant, and mass-balance equations in a complex viscoelastic fluid, in which the physics of the interaction leads either to overcoming the parabolic diffusion model or to considering the parametrization of the concentration with respect to the degrees of freedom associated with the relaxation dynamics of the solvent fluid.

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Authors: Vlatko Vedral

This paper explains how the so-called Einstein locality is to be understood in the Schr&ouml;dinger picture of quantum mechanics. This notion is fully compatible with the Bell non-locality exhibited by entangled states. Contrary to the belief that quantum mechanics is incomplete, it is, As a matter of fact, its overcompleteness, as exemplified by the different pictures of quantum physics, that points to the same underlying reality.

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Authors: Franyelit Suárez-Carreño Luis Rosales-Romero

This paper presents a novel class of interior solutions for anisotropic stars under the imposition of a self-similar symmetry. This means proposing exact solutions to the Einstein field equations to describe charged matter distribution with radiation flow. The Einstein&ndash;Maxwell system by employing specific choices of mass function is formulated to describe the gravitational collapse of charged, anisotropic, spherically symmetric distributions using the Schwarzschild metric. Two ordinary differential equations governing the dynamics are derived by matching a straightforward solution of the symmetry equations to the charged exterior (Reissner&ndash;Nordstr&ouml;m&ndash;Vaidya). Models with satisfactory physical behavior are constructed by extensively exploring self-similar solutions for a set of parameters and initial conditions. Finally, the paper presents the evolution of physical variables and the collapsing radius, demonstrating the inevitable collapse of the matter distribution.

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Authors: Matthew J. Gorban William D. Julius Patrick M. Brown Jacob A. Matulevich Ramesh Radhakrishnan Gerald B. Cleaver

Here, we consider an asymmetric &delta;&minus;&delta;&prime; mirror undergoing time-dependent interactions with a massless scalar field in 1 + 1 dimensions. Using fluctuation-dissipation theory for a mirror in vacuum, we compute the force on a moving &delta;&minus;&delta;&prime; mirror with time-dependent material properties. We investigate the first-order forces arising from the two distinct fluctuation sources and calculate the linear susceptibility in each case. We then plot the resulting forces. At the second order, we also find the independent contributions to the total force as well as the force that arises from the interference phenomena between the two fluctuation sources.

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Authors: Guillaume Deffuant

The bounded confidence model assumes simple continuous opinion dynamics in which agents ignore opinions which are too far from their own. The two initial variants&mdash;Hegselmann&ndash;Krause (HK) and Deffuant&ndash;Weisbuch (DW)&mdash;of the model have attracted significant attention since the early 2000s. This paper revisits the version of the HK model applied to a probability distribution, earlier studied by Jan Lorenz. It shows that the bifurcation diagram depends on the parity of the size of the discretisation and that adding a small noise to the initial conditions leads to complex transitions involving several phases.

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Authors: Hamid Haghmoradi Hauke Fischer Alessandro Bertolini Ivica Galić Francesco Intravaia Mario Pitschmann Raphael A. Schimpl René I. P. Sedmik

During the past few decades, abundant evidence for physics beyond the two standard models of particle physics and cosmology was found. Yet, we are tapping in the dark regarding our understanding of the dark sector. For more than a century, open problems related to the nature of the vacuum remained unresolved. As well as the traditional high-energy frontier and cosmology, technological advancement provides complementary access to new physics via high-precision experiments. Among the latter, the Casimir And Non-Newtonian force EXperiment (Cannex) has successfully completed its proof-of-principle phase and is going to commence operation soon. Benefiting from its plane parallel plate geometry, both interfacial and gravity-like forces are maximized, leading to increased sensitivity. A wide range of dark sector forces, Casimir forces in and out of thermal equilibrium, and gravity can be tested. This paper describes the final experimental design, its sensitivity, and expected results.

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Authors: Rupa Chatterjee Pingal Dasgupta

The anisotropic flow of photons produced in relativistic nuclear collisions is known as a promising observable for studying the initial state and the subsequent evolution of the hot and dense medium formed in such collisions. The investigation of photon anisotropic flow coefficients,&nbsp;vn, has attracted high interest over the last decade, involving both theory and experiment. The thermal emission of photons and their anisotropic flow are found to be highly sensitive to the initial state of the fireball, where even slight modifications can lead to significant variations in the final state results. In contrast, the ratio of photon anisotropic flow stands out as a robust observable, exhibiting minimal sensitivity to the initial conditions. Here, we briefly review the studies of the individual elliptic and triangular flow parameters of photons as well as their ratios and how these parameters serve as valuable probes for investigating the intricacies of the initial state and addressing the challenges posed by the direct photon puzzle.

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Authors: Ugo Merlone Arianna Dal Forno

In this paper, we study the influence of a small group of agents (i.e., a lobby) that is trying to spread a rumor in a population by using the known model proposed by Serge Galam. In particular, lobbies are modeled as subgroups of individuals who strategically choose their seating in the social space in order to protect their opinions and influence others. We consider different social gatherings and simulate, using finite Markovian chains, opinion dynamics by comparing situations with a lobby to those without a lobby. Our results show how the lobby can influence opinion dynamics in terms of the prevailing opinion and the mean time to reach unanimity. The approach that we take overcomes some of the problems that behavioral economics and psychology have recently struggled with in terms of replicability. This approach is related to the methodological revolution that is slowly changing the dominant perspective in psychology.

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Authors: Jingyang Wang Nikolaos K. Voulgarakis

The nonlinear dependence of the mean-squared displacement (MSD) on time is a common characteristic of particle transport in complex environments. Frequently, this anomalous behavior only occurs transiently before the particle reaches a terminal Fickian diffusion. This study shows that a system of hierarchically coupled Ornstein&ndash;Uhlenbeck equations is able to describe both transient subdiffusion and transient superdiffusion dynamics, as well as their sequential combinations. To validate the model, five distinct experimental, molecular dynamics simulation, and theoretical studies are successfully described by the model. The comparison includes the transport of particles in random optical fields, supercooled liquids, bedrock, soft colloidal suspensions, and phonons in solids. The model&rsquo;s broad applicability makes it a convenient tool for interpreting the MSD profiles of particles exhibiting transient anomalous diffusion.

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Authors: Nestor Caticha Rafael S. Calsaverini Renato Vicente

Social structure may have changed from hierarchical to egalitarian and back along the evolutionary line of humans. Within the tradition of sociophysics, we construct a mathematical model of a society of agents subject to competing cognitive and social navigation constraints and predict, using statistical mechanics methods, that its degree of hierarchy decreases with encephalization and increases with group size, hence suggesting human societies were driven from hierarchical to egalitarian structures by the encephalization during the last few million years and back to hierarchical due to fast demographic changes during the Neolithic. In addition, applied to a different problem, the theory leads to the following predictions for modern pre-literary humans: (i) an intermediate hierarchy degree in mild climates. In harsher climates, societies will be (ii) more egalitarian if organized in small groups (of less than 100 persons) but (iii) more hierarchical if in larger (of more than 1000 persons) groups. The predicted bifurcation, characteristic of a phase transition, is also seen in the empirical cross-cultural record (248 cultures in the Ethnographic Atlas).

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Authors: Manuel Asorey Claudio Iuliano Fernando Ezquerro

We explore the dependence of vacuum energy on the boundary conditions for massive scalar fields in (2 + 1)-dimensional spacetimes. We consider the simplest geometrical setup given by a two-dimensional space bounded by two homogeneous parallel wires in order to compare it with the non-perturbative behaviour of the Casimir energy for non-Abelian gauge theories in (2 + 1) dimensions. Our results show the existence of two types of boundary conditions which give rise to two different asymptotic exponential decay regimes of the Casimir energy at large distances. The two families are distinguished by the feature that the boundary conditions involve or not interrelations between the behaviour of the fields at the two boundaries. Non-perturbative numerical simulations and analytical arguments show such an exponential decay for Dirichlet boundary conditions of SU(2) gauge theories. The verification that this behaviour is modified for other types of boundary conditions requires further numerical work. Subdominant corrections in the low-temperature regime are very relevant for numerical simulations, and they are also analysed in this paper.

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Authors: Elena Tomei Riccardo Bizzi Vittorio Merlo Francesco Romeo Gaetano Salina Matteo Cirillo

The present investigation explores the spatial distribution of Cooper pair density in graph-shaped arrays of Josephson junctions using a Ginzburg&ndash;Landau approach. We specifically investigate double-comb structures and compare their properties with linear arrays as reference systems. Our findings reveal that the peculiar connectivity of the double-comb structure leads to spatial gradients in the order parameter, which can be readily detected through measurements of Josephson critical currents. We present experimental results which indicate the specific dependence of the order parameter on the branches of the graphs and are evidence of the theoretical predictions.

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Authors: Maito Katayama Satoshi Tanaka Kazuki Kanki

In this study, we investigate the time&ndash;frequency-resolved resonant photon emission from a molecular vibrational oscillator driven by a monochromatic coherent external field. Using the complex spectral analysis of the Liouvillian, which integrates irreversible dissipative phenomena into quantum theory, we elucidate the fundamental processes of photon emission. Indeed, our analytical approach successfully decomposes the emission spectrum into two intrinsic contributions: one from a resonance eigenmode and another from continuous eigenmodes. These components are responsible for incoherent luminescence and coherent scattering photon emission processes, respectively. Our results show that while spontaneous emission dominates in the early stages of the emission process, coherent scattering gradually becomes more pronounced with time. Furthermore, destructive quantum interference between the two components plays a key role in determining the overall shape of the emission spectrum.

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Authors: Carsten Henkel

In a conducting medium held at finite temperature, free carriers perform Brownian motion and generate fluctuating electromagnetic fields. In this paper, an averaged Lorentz force density is computed that turns out to be nonzero in a thin subsurface layer, pointing towards the surface, while it vanishes in the bulk. This is an elementary example of rectified fluctuations, similar to the Casimir force or radiative heat transport. The results obtained also provide an experimental way to distinguish between the Drude and so-called plasma models.

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Authors: Philippe Brax Sylvain Fichet

We investigate the quantum forces occurring between the defects and/or boundaries of a conformal field theory (CFT). We propose to model imperfect defects and boundaries as localized relevant double-trace operators that deform the CFT. Our focus is on pointlike and codimension-one planar defects. In the case of two parallel membranes, we point out that the CFT 2-point function tends to get confined and develops a tower of resonances with a constant decay rate when the operator dimension approaches the free field dimension. Using a functional formalism, we compute the quantum forces induced by the CFT between a variety of configurations of pointlike defects, infinite plates and membranes. Consistency arguments imply that these quantum forces are attractive at any distance. Forces of the Casimir&ndash;Polder type appear in the UV (ultraviolet), while forces of the Casimir type appear in the IR (infrared), in which case the CFT gets repelled from the defects. Most of the forces behave as a non-integer power of the separation, controlled by the dimension of the double-trace deformation. In the Casimir regime of the membrane&ndash;membrane configuration, the quantum pressure behaves universally as 1/&#8467;d; however, information about the double-trace nature of the defects still remains encoded in the strength of the pressure.

]]>Physics doi: 10.3390/physics6020035

Authors: Ilya V. Baimler Alexey S. Baryshev Anastasiya O. Dikovskaya Viktor K. Chevokin Oleg V. Uvarov Maxim E. Astashev Sergey V. Gudkov Aleksander V. Simakin

This paper studies the dynamics of the development of laser breakdown plasma in aqueous colloids of dysprosium nanoparticles by analyzing the time patterns of plasma images obtained using a high-speed streak camera. In addition, the distribution of plasma flashes in space and their luminosity were studied, and the amplitude of acoustic signals and the rate of generation of new chemical products were studied depending on the concentration of dysprosium nanoparticles in the colloid. Laser breakdown was initiated by pulsed radiation from a nanosecond Nd:YAG laser. It is shown that the size of the plasma flash, the speed of motion of the plasma&ndash;liquid interface, and the lifetime of the plasma flash decrease with an increasing concentration of nanoparticles in the colloid. In this case, the time delay between the beginning of the laser pulse and the moment the plasma flash reaches its maximum intensity increases with increasing concentrations of nanoparticles. Varying the laser fluence in the range from 67 J/cm2 to 134 J/cm2 does not lead to noticeable changes in these parameters, due to the transition of the breakdown plasma to the critical regime. For dysprosium nanoparticles during laser breakdown of colloids, a decrease in the yield of hydrogen peroxide and an increase in the rate of formation of hydroxyl radicals per water molecule, characteristic of nanoparticles of rare earth metals, are observed, which may be due to the participation of nanoparticles and hydrogen peroxide in reactions similar to the Fenton and Haber&ndash;Weiss reactions.

]]>Physics doi: 10.3390/physics6020034

Authors: Jaume Llabrés Sara Oliver-Bonafoux Celia Anteneodo Raúl Toral

Changes of mind can become less likely the longer an agent has adopted a given opinion state. This resilience or inertia to change has been called &ldquo;aging&rdquo;. We perform a comparative study of the effects of aging on the critical behavior of two standard opinion models with pairwise interactions. One of them is the voter model, which is a two-state model with a dynamic that proceeds via social contagion; another is the so-called kinetic exchange model, which allows a third (neutral) state, and its formed opinion depends on the previous opinions of both interacting agents. Furthermore, in the noisy version of both models, random opinion changes are also allowed, regardless of the interactions. Due to aging, the probability of changing diminishes with the age, and to take this into account, we consider algebraic and exponential kernels. We investigate the situation where aging acts only on pairwise interactions. Analytical predictions for the critical curves of the order parameters are obtained for the opinion dynamics on a complete graph, in good agreement with agent-based simulations. For both models considered, the consensus is optimized via an intermediate value of the parameter that rules the rate of decrease of the aging factor.

]]>Physics doi: 10.3390/physics6020033

Authors: Valery N. Marachevsky Arseny A. Sidelnikov

We develop a Green&rsquo;s functions scattering method for systems with Chern&ndash;Simons plane boundary layers on dielectric half-spaces. The Casimir pressure is derived by evaluation of the stress tensor in a vacuum slit between two half-spaces. The sign of the Casimir pressure on a Chern&ndash;Simons plane layer separated by a vacuum slit from the Chern&ndash;Simons layer at the boundary of a dielectric half-space is analyzed for intrinsic Si and SiO2 glass substrates.

]]>Physics doi: 10.3390/physics6020032

Authors: Benedetto Militello Anna Napoli

The Stimulated Raman Adiabatic Passage (STIRAP) on a three-state system interacting with a spin bath is considered, focusing on the efficiency of the population transfer. Our analysis is based on the perturbation treatment of the interaction term evaluated beyond the Rotating Wave Approximation, thus focusing on the limit of weak system&ndash;bath coupling. The analytical expression of the correction to the efficiency and the consequent numerical analysis show that, in most of the cases, the effects of the environment are negligible, confirming the robustness of the population transfer.

]]>Physics doi: 10.3390/physics6020031

Authors: Marcel Ausloos Giulia Rotundo Roy Cerqueti

In this study, we propose how to use objective arguments grounded in statistical mechanics concepts in order to obtain a single number, obtained after aggregation, which would allow for the ranking of &ldquo;agents&rdquo;, &ldquo;opinions&rdquo;, etc., all defined in a very broad sense. We aim toward any process which should a priori demand or lead to some consensus in order to attain the presumably best choice among many possibilities. In order to specify the framework, we discuss previous attempts, recalling trivial means of scores&mdash;weighted or not&mdash;Condorcet paradox, TOPSIS (Technique for Order Preference by Similarity to Ideal Solution), etc. We demonstrate, through geometrical arguments on a toy example and with four criteria, that the pre-selected order of criteria in previous attempts makes a difference in the final result. However, it might be unjustified. Thus, we base our &ldquo;best choice theory&rdquo; on the linear response theory in statistical physics: we indicate that one should be calculating correlations functions between all possible choice evaluations, thereby avoiding an arbitrarily ordered set of criteria. We justify the point through an example with six possible criteria. Applications in many fields are suggested. Furthermore, two toy models, serving as practical examples and illustrative arguments are discussed.

]]>Physics doi: 10.3390/physics6010030

Authors: Mathias Boström Ayda Gholamhosseinian Subhojit Pal Yang Li Iver Brevik

From the late 1960s onwards, the groups of Barry Ninham and Adrian Parsegian, and their many collaborators, made a number of essential contributions to theory and experiment of intermolecular forces. In particular, they explored the semi-classical theory: Maxwell&rsquo;s equations and Planck quantization of light leads to Lifshitz and Casimir interactions. We discuss some selected thought-provoking results from Ninham and his group. Some of the results have been conceived as controversial but, we would say, never uninteresting.

]]>Physics doi: 10.3390/physics6010029

Authors: Anatoly A. Gurchenkov Ivan A. Matveev

Since the middle of the 20th century, an understanding of the diversity of the natural magnetohydrodynamic phenomena surrounding us has begun to emerge. Magnetohydrodynamic nature manifests itself in such seemingly heterogeneous processes as the flow of water in the world&rsquo;s oceans, the movements of Earth&rsquo;s liquid core, the dynamics of the solar magnetosphere and galactic electromagnetic fields. Their close relationship and multifaceted influence on human life are becoming more and more clearly revealed. The study of these phenomena requires the development of theory both fundamental and analytical, unifying a wide range of phenomena, and specialized areas that describe specific processes. The theory of translational fluid motion is well developed, but for most natural phenomena, this condition leads to a rather limited model. The fluid motion in the cavity of a rotating body such that the Coriolis forces are significant has been studied much less. A distinctive feature of the problems under consideration is their significant nonlinearity, (i.e., the absence of a linear approximation that allows one to obtain nontrivial useful results). From this point of view, the studies presented here were selected. This review presents studies on the movements of ideal and viscous fluids without taking into account electromagnetic phenomena (non-conducting, non-magnetic fluid) and while taking them into account (conducting fluid). Much attention is payed to the macroscopic movements of sea water (conducting liquid) located in Earth&rsquo;s magnetic field, which spawns electric currents and, as a result, an induced magnetic field. Exploring the processes of generating magnetic fields in the moving turbulent flows of conducting fluid in the frame of dynamic systems with distributed parameters allows better understanding of the origin of cosmic magnetic fields (those of planets, stars, and galaxies). Various approaches are presented for rotational and librational movements. In particular, an analytical solution of three-dimensional unsteady magnetohydrodynamic equations for problems in a plane-parallel configuration is presented.

]]>Physics doi: 10.3390/physics6010028

Authors: Matthew J. Gorban William D. Julius Patrick M. Brown Jacob A. Matulevich Gerald B. Cleaver

There was an error in the original paper [1], which occurred in the calculation of the DCE spectrum from the time-dependant perturbations on &lambda;(t) [...]

]]>Physics doi: 10.3390/physics6010027

Authors: Iver Brevik Subhojit Pal Yang Li Ayda Gholamhosseinian Mathias Boström

We present a concise review of selected parts of axion electrodynamics and their application to Casimir physics. We present the general formalism including the boundary conditions at a dielectric surface, derive the dispersion relation in the case where the axion parameter has a constant spatial derivative in the direction normal to the conducting plates, and calculate the Casimir energy for the simple case of scalar electrodynamics using dimensional regularization.

]]>Physics doi: 10.3390/physics6010026

Authors: Shunashi Guadalupe Castillo-López Raúl Esquivel-Sirvent Giuseppe Pirruccio Carlos Villarreal

We investigate the influence of the Abrikosov vortex lattice on the Casimir force in a setup constituted by high-temperature superconductors subject to an external magnetic field. The Abrikosov lattice is a property of type II superconductors in which normal and superconducting carriers coexist and the latter define a periodic pattern with square symmetry. We find that the optical properties determined by spatial redistribution of the superconducting order parameter induce Casimir forces with a periodic structure whose minimal strengths coincide with the vortex cores.

]]>Physics doi: 10.3390/physics6010025

Authors: A. Salam

Contributions to the radiation-induced dispersion energy shift between two interacting particles dependent on the electric octupole moment are calculated using a physical picture in which moments induced by applied fluctuating electromagnetic fields are coupled via retarded interaction tensors. The specific potentials evaluated include those found between an electric dipole-polarisable molecule and either a mixed electric dipole&ndash;octupole- or purely octupole-polarisable molecule, and those between two mixed electric dipole&ndash;octupole-polarisable molecules. Interaction energies are obtained for molecular and pair orientationally averaged situations. Terms dependent on the octupole weight-1 moment may be viewed as higher-order corrections to the leading dipole&ndash;dipole interaction energy as also found in energy transfer and dispersion forces. A comprehensive polarisation analysis is carried out for linearly and circularly polarised laser light incident parallel and perpendicular to the inter-particle axis. Contributions to the optical binding energy arising when one of the pair is polar and characterised by either a permanent electric dipole or octupole moment are also evaluated. Neither of these energy shifts survive orientational averaging.

]]>Physics doi: 10.3390/physics6010024

Authors: Pavel M. Krassovitskiy Fedor M. Pen’kov

The interaction of the 238U with a neutron is studied. Correct accounting for the non-spherical shape of the uranium nucleus is in focus. The optical potential is used as a model. It is shown that the spherically symmetric and non-spherical potentials give different scattering patterns, in particular different resonance features of the cross-section. The possibility of using the method as an extension of the particle&ndash;rotor model of the nucleus is illustrated.

]]>Physics doi: 10.3390/physics6010023

Authors: Kanu Sinha Peter W. Milonni

We consider a scalar QED (quantum electrodynamics) model for the frictional force and the momentum fluctuations of a polarizable particle in thermal equilibrium with radiation or in hyperbolic motion in a vacuum. In the former case the loss of particle kinetic energy due to the frictional force is compensated by the increase in kinetic energy associated with the momentum diffusion, resulting in the Planck distribution when it is assumed that the average kinetic energy satisfies the equipartition theorem. For hyperbolic motion in vacuum the frictional force and the momentum diffusion are similarly consistent with an equilibrium with a Planckian distribution at the temperature T=&#8463;a/2&pi;kBc. The quantum fluctuations of the momentum imply that it is only the average acceleration a that is constant when the particle is subject to a constant applied force.

]]>Physics doi: 10.3390/physics6010022

Authors: Shaymaa Mohammed Fayyadh Ali Ben Ahmed

This study deals with the preparation of magnetite nanoparticles (NPs) via a coprecipitation method using several precipitation bases: binary precipitator (NH4OH), mono precipitator (NaOH), and weak precipitator (Ca(OH)2). The prepared magnetite NPs were identified using X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy-dispersive X-ray (EDX) analysis, surface area analysis, magnetic properties, Fourier-transformed infrared spectra (FT-IR), and ultra-violet UV&ndash;visible spectra. As a result, the phases of the produced magnetite NPs were unaffected by the use of various bases, but their crystallite sizes were affected. It was found that the binary base provided the smallest crystallite size, the mono base provided an average size, and the weak base provided the largest crystallite size. The UV&ndash;visible absorption spectroscopy investigation revealed that the absorption and the energy gap rose with a reduction in nanoparticle size. The prepared magnetite NPs were used to manufacture polymeric-based nanocomposites employed as protective shields from low-energy X-rays that are light in weight. These samples were identified using XRD, atomic force microscopy (AFM), and FT-IR spectroscopy. The crystallite size was slightly larger than it was in the case of magnetite NPs. This is consistent with the results of AFM. The interference between the two phases was observed in the results of the FT-IR spectra. The effects of the size of the magnetite NPs on the attenuation tests, linear attenuation coefficient, mass attenuation coefficient, half-value layer, and mean free path were investigated. The results showed that the efficiency of using manufactured shields increases with the decrease in the NPs size of the magnetite used as a reinforcement phase for a range of low operating voltages.

]]>Physics doi: 10.3390/physics6010021

Authors: Pietro Paolo Corso Dario Cricchio Emilio Fiordilino

At energy lower than 2 eV, the dispersion law of the electrons in a graphene sheet presents a linear dependence of the energy on the kinetic momentum, which is typical of photons and permits the description of the electrons as massless particles by means of the Dirac equation and the study of massless particles acted upon by forces. We analytically solve the Dirac equation of an electron in a graphene disk with radius of 10,000 atomic units pierced by a magnetic field and find the eigenenergies and eigenstates of the particles for spin up and down. The magnetic field ranges within three orders of magnitude and is found to confine the electron in the disk. States with a relatively large total angular momentum exist and can be considered in a vorticose condition; these states are seen to peak at different distances from the disk centre and can be used to store few bit of information.

]]>Physics doi: 10.3390/physics6010020

Authors: César D. Fosco Fernando C. Lombardo Francisco D. Mazzitelli

We review the derivative expansion (DE) method in Casimir physics, an approach which extends the proximity force approximation (PFA). After introducing and motivating the DE in contexts other than the Casimir effect, we present different examples which correspond to that realm. We focus on different particular geometries, boundary conditions, types of fields, and quantum and thermal fluctuations. Besides providing various examples where the method can be applied, we discuss a concrete example for which the DE cannot be applied; namely, the case of perfect Neumann conditions in 2+1 dimensions. By the same example, we show how a more realistic type of boundary condition circumvents the problem. We also comment on the application of the DE to the Casimir&ndash;Polder interaction which provides a broader perspective on particle&ndash;surface interactions.

]]>Physics doi: 10.3390/physics6010019

Authors: Daria Prokhorova Evgeny Andronov

In this study, we develop the colour string model of particle production, based on the multi-pomeron exchange scenario, to address the controversial origin of the flow signal measured in proton&ndash;proton inelastic interactions. Our approach takes into account the string&ndash;string interactions but does not include a hydrodynamic phase. We consider a comprehensive three-dimensional dynamics of strings that leads to the formation of strongly heterogeneous string density in an event. The latter serves as a source of particle creation. The string fusion mechanism, which is a major feature of the model, modifies the particle production and creates azimuthal anisotropy. Model parameters are fixed by comparing the model distributions with the ATLAS experiment proton&ndash;proton data at the centre-of-mass energy s=13 TeV. The results obtained for the two-particle angular correlation function, C(&Delta;&eta;,&Delta;&#981;), with &Delta;&eta; and &Delta;&#981; differences in, respectively, pseudorapidities and azimuthal angles between two particles, reveal the resonance contributions and the near-side ridge. Model calculations of the two-particle cumulants, c2{2}, and second order flow harmonic, v2{2}, also performed using the two-subevent method, are in qualitative agreement with the data. The observed absence of the away-side ridge in the model results is interpreted as an imperfection in the definition of the time for the transverse evolution of the string system.

]]>Physics doi: 10.3390/physics6010018

Authors: Dmitry Chernyshov Vladimir Dogiel Igor Dremin

We suggest a new alternative model of positron origin in the Galaxy. It is shown in our model that interactions of the electromagnetic fields of colliding ions (ultraperipheral ion collisions) can contribute to the total production of Galactic positrons. The corresponding cross-section is estimated by using the Born approximation and the equivalent photon method. This process of ion collisions dominates in the range of subrelativistic energies and produces positrons with energies of several MeV. Despite its low efficiency, as it requires more than 0.1 erg to produce a single positron, this process may be an effective source of positrons in the Galactic medium.

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Authors: Michael Bordag Irina G. Pirozhenko

The anomalous magnetic moment of the electron, first calculated by Schwinger, lowers the ground state energy of the electron in a weak magnetic field. It is a function of the field and changes signs for large fields, ensuring the stability of the ground state. This has been shown in the past 50 years in numerous papers. The corresponding corrections to the mass of the electron have also been investigated in strong fields using semiclassical methods. We critically review these developments and point out that the calculation for low-lying excited states raises questions. Also, we calculate the contribution from the tadpole diagram, the relevance of which was observed only quite recently.

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Authors: Paola Marziani Alberto Floris Alice Deconto-Machado Swayamtrupta Panda Marzena Sniegowska Karla Garnica Deborah Dultzin Mauro D’Onofrio Ascensión Del Olmo Edi Bon Nataša Bon

The 4D (four-dimensional) eigenvector 1 (E1) sequence has proven to be a highly effective tool for organizing observational and physical properties of type-1 active galactic nuclei (AGNs). In this paper, we present multiple measurements of metallicity for the broad line region gas, from new and previously-published data. We demonstrate a consistent trend along the optical plane of the E1 (also known as the quasar main sequence), defined by the line width of Balmer hydrogen H&beta; profile and by a parameter measuring the prominence of singly-ionized iron emission. The trend involves an increase from sub-solar metallicity in correspondence with extreme Population B (weak Feii emission, large H&beta; FWHM (full width at half maximum)) to metallicity several tens the solar value in correspondence with extreme Population A (strongest Feii optical emission, narrower H&beta; profiles). The data establish the metallicity as a correlate of the 4DE1/main sequence. If the considerably high metallicity (Z&#8819;10Z&#8857;, solar metallicity) gas is expelled from the sphere of influence of the central black hole, as indicated by the widespread evidence of nuclear outflows and disk wind in the case of sources radiating at a high Eddington ratio, then it is possible that the outflows from quasars played a role in chemically enriching the host galaxy.

]]>Physics doi: 10.3390/physics6010015

Authors: Ben Ohayon Andreas Abeln Silvia Bara Thomas Elias Cocolios Ofir Eizenberg Andreas Fleischmann Loredana Gastaldo César Godinho Michael Heines Daniel Hengstler Guillaume Hupin Paul Indelicato Klaus Kirch Andreas Knecht Daniel Kreuzberger Jorge Machado Petr Navratil Nancy Paul Randolf Pohl Daniel Unger Stergiani Marina Vogiatzi Katharina von Schoeler Frederik Wauters

We, the QUARTET Collaboration, propose an experiment to measure the nuclear charge radii of light elements with up to 20 times higher accuracy. These are essential both for understanding nuclear physics at low energies, and for experimental and theoretical applications in simple atomic systems. Such comparisons advance the understanding of bound-state quantum electrodynamics and are useful for searching for new physics beyond the Standard Model. The energy levels of muonic atoms are highly susceptible to nuclear structure, especially to the mean square charge radius. The radii of the lightest nuclei (with the atomic number, Z=1,2) have been determined with high accuracy using laser spectroscopy in muonic atoms, while those of medium mass and above were determined using X-ray spectroscopy with semiconductor detectors. In this communication, we present a new experiment, aiming to obtain precision measurements of the radii of light nuclei 3&le;Z&le;10 using single-photon energy measurements with cryogenic microcalorimeters; a quantum-sensing technology capable of high efficiency with outstanding resolution for low-energy X-rays.

]]>Physics doi: 10.3390/physics6010014

Authors: Giuseppe Bimonte Thorsten Emig

Fluctuation-induced forces are a hallmark of the interplay between fluctuations and geometry. We recently proved the existence of a multi-parametric family of exact representations of Casimir and Casimir&ndash;Polder interactions between bodies of arbitrary shape and material composition, admitting a multiple scattering expansion (MSE) as a sequence of inter-body and intra-body multiple wave scatterings. The approach requires no knowledge of the scattering amplitude (T-matrix) of the bodies. In this paper, we investigate the convergence properties of the MSE for the Casimir&ndash;Polder interaction of a polarizable particle with a macroscopic body. We consider representative materials from different classes, such as insulators, conductors, and semiconductors. Using a sphere and a cylinder as benchmarks, we demonstrate that the MSE can be used to efficiently and accurately compute the Casimir&ndash;Polder interaction for bodies with smooth surfaces.

]]>Physics doi: 10.3390/physics6010013

Authors: Denimara Dias dos Santos Swayamtrupta Panda Alberto Rodríguez-Ardila Murilo Marinello

Constraining the physical conditions of the ionized media in the vicinity of an active supermassive black hole (SMBH) is crucial to understanding how these complex systems operate. Metal emission lines such as iron (Fe) are useful probes to trace the gaseous media&rsquo;s abundance, activity, and evolution in these accreting systems. Among these, the Feii emission has been the focus of many prior studies to investigate the energetics, kinematics, and composition of the broad-emission line region (BELR) from where these emission lines are produced. In this paper, we present the first simultaneous Feii modeling in the optical and near-infrared (NIR) regions. We use cloudy photoionization code to simulate both spectral regions in the wavelength interval 4000&ndash;12,000 &Aring;. We compare our model predictions with the observed line flux ratios for I Zw (Zwicky) 1&mdash;a prototypical strong Feii-emitting active galactic nuclei (AGNs). This allows setting constraints on the BLR cloud density and metal content that is optimal for the production of the Feii emission, which can be extended to I Zw 1-like sources by examining a broad parameter space. We demonstrate the salient and distinct features of the Feii pseudo-continuum in the optical and NIR, giving special attention to the effect of micro-turbulence on the intensity of the Feii emission.

]]>Physics doi: 10.3390/physics6010012

Authors: Marwa Selmi

Microwave ablation (MWA) represents one of the most powerful tools in cancer treatment. This therapeutic modality process is governed by the temperature and absorbed dose of radiation of the cell tissue. This study was performed to control the temperature effect using simulation during the MWA thermal damage of lung tumor. For this reason, a two-dimensional (2D) computational modeling generated for adaptive lung tissue was designed and analyzed using the finite element method (FEM). Different approaches, such as first-order Arrhenius rate equations, Maxwell equations, and the bioheat equation, have been used to simulate necrosis in cells. To control the heat, a proportional&ndash;integral&ndash;derivative (PID) controller was used to moderate the input microwave power source and to maintain the temperature of the target tip at a lower level of the initial temperature data. Furthermore, full cancer tissue necrosis was also evaluated by processing time and thermal damage fraction. The obtained data proved that the target tip temperature was affected by the temperature distribution and specific absorption rate (SAR). However, a specific treatment period of tumor ablation is required to control and decrease the damage of surrounding healthy tissue to ensure a safe operation without any risk.

]]>Physics doi: 10.3390/physics6010011

Authors: Nail Khusnutdinov Natalia Emelianova

We consider the two planes at zero temperature with isotropic conductivity that are in relative lateral motion with velocity v and interplane distance a. Two models of conductivity are taken into account&mdash;the constant and frequency-dependent Drude models. The normal (perpendicular to planes) Casimir force is analyzed in detail for two systems&mdash;(i) two planes with identical conductivity and (ii) one plane that is a perfect metal. The velocity correction to the Casimir energy, &Delta;vE&prop;v2, for small enough velocities is used for all considered cases. In the case of constant conductivity, &eta;, the energy correction is &Delta;vE&prop;&eta;/a3v/&eta;2 for v&#8810;&eta;&#8810;1.

]]>Physics doi: 10.3390/physics6010010

Authors: Miron Kaufman Sanda Kaufman Hung T. Diep

This study belongs to an emerging area of research seeking ways to depolarize societies in the short run (around events such as elections) as well as in a sustainable fashion. We approach the depolarization process with a model of three homophilic groups (US Democrats, Republicans, and Independents interacting in the context of upcoming federal elections). We expand a previous polarization model, which assumed that each individual interacts with all other individuals in its group with mean-field interactions. We add a depolarization field, which is analogous to the Blume&ndash;Capel model&rsquo;s crystal field. There are currently numerous depolarization efforts around the world, some of which act in ways similar to this depolarization field. We find that for low values of the depolarization field, the system continues to be polarized. When the depolarization field is increased, the polarization decreases.

]]>Physics doi: 10.3390/physics6010009

Authors: Shintaro Mori Shogo Nakamura Kazuaki Nakayama Masato Hisakado

Ant colony optimization (ACO) is a stochastic optimization algorithm inspired by the foraging behavior of ants. We investigate a simplified computational model of ACO, wherein ants sequentially engage in binary decision-making tasks, leaving pheromone trails contingent upon their choices. The quantity of pheromone left is the number of correct answers. We scrutinize the impact of a salient parameter in the ACO algorithm, specifically, the exponent &alpha;, which governs the pheromone levels in the stochastic choice function. In the absence of pheromone evaporation, the system is accurately modeled as a multivariate nonlinear P&oacute;lya urn, undergoing phase transition as &alpha; varies. The probability of selecting the correct answer for each question asymptotically approaches the stable fixed point of the nonlinear P&oacute;lya urn. The system exhibits dual stable fixed points for &alpha;&ge;&alpha;c and a singular stable fixed point for &alpha;&lt;&alpha;c where &alpha;c is the critical value. When pheromone evaporates over a time scale &tau;, the phase transition does not occur and leads to a bimodal stationary distribution of probabilities for &alpha;&ge;&alpha;c and a monomodal distribution for &alpha;&lt;&alpha;c.

]]>Physics doi: 10.3390/physics6010008

Authors: Michelle Siemens Benjamin Emde Marion Henkel Ralf Methling Steffen Franke Diego Gonzalez Jörg Hermsdorf

This paper deals with double-pulse laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) underwater, which is a promising analytical method for elemental analysis in the deep sea up to a water depth of 6000 m. A double-pulse laser with a wavelength of 1064 nm is used, which provides a pulse energy of up to 266 mJ for each laser pulse (in single pulse mode), a pulse width of 5&ndash;7 ns and a pulse delay in the range of 0.5 to 20 &micro;s. In the double-pulse LIBS method, the first laser pulse creates a cavity on the material surface, and then the second laser pulse forms the plasma in this cavity. It is expected that the plasma is affected by the cavity&rsquo;s size and lifetime. For this reason, the influence of focus position, pulse energy and pulse delay on the cavity and plasma formation at shallow water depth has been investigated.

]]>Physics doi: 10.3390/physics6010007

Authors: Christophe Hugon Vladimir Kulikovskiy

We give a vacuum description with zero-point density for virtual fluctuations. One of the goals is to explain the origin of the vacuum permittivity and permeability and to calculate their values. In particular, we improve on existing calculations by avoiding assumptions on the volume occupied by virtual fluctuations. We propose testing of the models that assume a finite lifetime of virtual fluctuation. If during its propagation, the photon is stochastically trapped and released by virtual pairs, the propagation velocity may fluctuate. The propagation time fluctuation is estimated for several existing models. The obtained values are measurable with available technologies involving ultra-short laser pulses, and some of the models are already in conflict with the existing astronomical observations. The phase velocity is not affected significantly, which is consistent with the interferometric measurements.

]]>Physics doi: 10.3390/physics6010006

Authors: F. Mendoza-Villa Juan A. Ramos-Guivar R. M. Espinoza-Bernardo

The solution of a quantum periodic potential in solid state physics is relevant because one can understand how electrons behave in a corresponding crystal. In this paper, the analytical solution of the energy formulation for a one-dimensional periodic potential that meets certain boundary conditions is developed in a didactic and detailed way. In turn, the group speed and effective mass are also calculated from the transcendental energy equation of a potential V=V(x). From this, a comparison is made with periodic potentials with known analytical solutions, such as the Dirac delta, as well as rectangular and triangular potentials. Finally, some limits are proposed in which these periodic potentials of the form V=V(x) approach the periodic Dirac delta potential of positive intensity. Therefore, the calculations described in this paper can be used as the basis for more-complex one-dimensional potentials and related simulations.

]]>Physics doi: 10.3390/physics6010005

Authors: Maria Allegrini Ennio Arimondo

Specific properties of quantum field theory are described by considering the combination of the system under investigation and the cloud of virtual or real particles associated with the field. Such a structure is called a &ldquo;dressed system&rdquo;, in contrast with the bare one in the absence of the interaction with the field. The description of the properties of such clouds in various physical situations is, today, an active research area. Here, we present the main features associated with virtual and real dressings, focusing on photon dressing. In analogy to virtual photon clouds dressing electrons in vacuum, virtual phonon clouds appear in solid-state physics. The interaction between real photons and the schematized two-level structure of an atom paves the way to flexible quantum control. Here, a unifying Floquet engineering approach is applied to describe single- and multiple-dressed atom configurations. Connections with the past and present atomic physics experiments are presented.

]]>Physics doi: 10.3390/physics6010004

Authors: Asim Ghosh Bikas K. Chakrabarti

The index of success of the researchers is now mostly measured using the Hirsch index (h). Our recent precise demonstration, that statistically h&sim;Nc&sim;Np, where Np and Nc denote, respectively, the total number of publications and total citations for the researcher, suggests that average number of citations per paper (Nc/Np), and hence h, are statistical numbers (Dunbar numbers) depending on the community or network to which the researcher belongs. We show here, extending our earlier observations, that the indications of success are not reflected by the total citations Nc, rather by the inequalities among citations from publications to publications. Specifically, we show that for highly successful authors, the yearly variations in the Gini index (g, giving the average inequality of citations for the publications) and the Kolkata index (k, giving the fraction of total citations received by the top (1&minus;k) fraction of publications; k=0.80 corresponds to Pareto&rsquo;s 80/20 law) approach each other to g=k&#8771;0.82, signaling a precursor for the arrival of (or departure from) the self-organized critical (SOC) state of his/her publication statistics. Analyzing the citation statistics (from Google Scholar) of thirty successful scientists throughout their recorded publication history, we find that the g and k for the highly successful among them (mostly Nobel laureates, highest rank Stanford cite-scorers, and a few others) reach and hover just above (and then) below that g=k&#8771;0.82 mark, while for others they remain below that mark. We also find that all the lower (than the SOC mark 0.82) values of k and g fit a linear relationship, k=1/2+cg, with c=0.39, as suggested by an approximate Landau-type expansion of the Lorenz function, and this also indicates k=g&#8771;0.82 for the (extrapolated) SOC precursor mark.

]]>Physics doi: 10.3390/physics6010003

Authors: Dragana Ilić Luka Č. Popović Alexander Burenkov Elena Shablovinskaya Eugene Malygin Roman Uklein Alexei V. Moiseev Dmitry Oparin Víctor M. Patiño Álvarez Vahram Chavushyan Paola Marziani Mauro D’Onofrio Alberto Floris Andjelka B. Kovačević Jovana Jovičić Djordje Miković Nemanja Rakić Saša Simić Sladjana Marčeta Mandić Stefano Ciroi Amelia Vietri Luca Crepaldi Ascensión del Olmo

Properties of the broad line region (BLR) in active galactic nuclei (AGNs) are commonly used to estimate the mass of the supermassive black hole (SMBH) that powers an AGN. However, the understanding of the physics behind the BLR remains incomplete. The AGNs exhibit strong optical variability, observed in the change of the profiles and fluxes of broad emission lines. Utilizing this variability provides an opportunity to constrain the physics of the BLR, and understand the interplay of the BLR with SMBH and surrounding regions. Here, we present the long-term monitoring campaign of a sample of the known broad-line AGNs (identified as LoTerm AGN). The aim of this study is to show the importance of sustained and dedicated campaigns that continually collect spectroscopic data of the known AGNs over extended timescales, providing unique insight into the origin and structure of the BLR. LoTerm AGN is a collaborative network of seven moderate-size telescopes equipped for spectroscopy. We focus on the recent spectral data of the known changing-look AGN, NGC 3516. Specifically, we examine the broad hydrogen Balmer H&alpha; line observed in the period 2020&ndash;2023, demonstrating that this AGN remains active with the BLR signatures observed in the spectra. No significant change in the broad line profile of H&alpha; line is observed during this recent period.

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Authors: George V. Dedkov

The Casimir&ndash;Lifshitz force of friction between neutral bodies in relative motion, along with the drag effect, causes their heating. This paper considers this frictional heating in a system of two metal plates within the framework of fluctuation electromagnetic theory. Analytical expressions for the friction force in the limiting cases of low (zero) temperature and low and high speeds, as well as general expressions describing the kinetics of heating, have been obtained. It is shown that the combination of low temperatures (T &lt; 10 K) and velocities of 10&ndash;103 m/s provides the most favorable conditions when measuring the Casimir&ndash;Lifshitz friction force from heat measurements. In particular, the friction force of two coaxial disks of gold 10 cm in diameter and 500 nm in thickness, one of which rotates at a frequency of 10&ndash;103 rps (revolutions per second), can be measured using the heating effect of 1&ndash;2 K in less than 1 min. A possible experimental layout is discussed.

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Authors: Joshua Mann James Rosenzweig

Strong laser field emission from metals is a growing area of study, owing to its applications in high-brightness cathodes and potentially as a high harmonic generation source. Nanopatterned plasmonic cathodes localize and enhance incident laser fields, reducing the spot size and increasing the current density. Experiments have demonstrated that the nanoblade structure outperforms nanotips in the peak fields achieved before damage is inflicted. With more intense surface fields come brighter emissions, and thus investigating the thermomechanical properties of these structures is crucial in their characterization. We study, using the finite element method, the electron and lattice temperatures for varying geometries, as well as the opening angles, peak surface fields, and apex radii of curvature. While we underestimate the energy deposited into the lattice here, a comparison of the geometries is still helpful for understanding why one structure performs better than the other. We find that the opening angle&mdash;not the structure dimensionality&mdash;is what primarily determines the thermal performance of these structures.

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Authors: Yuri V. Grats Pavel Spirin

The paper provides an extended overview of recent results obtained by the authors in the process of studying the vacuum interaction of topological cosmic strings at short distances, taking into account their transverse size a and the mass m of the quantized field. We consider the case of a massive real-valued scalar field with minimal coupling. It is shown that at the interstring distances significantly larger than the Compton length, lc=1/m, the Casimir effect is damped exponentially. On the other hand, at distances smaller than lc but much larger than the typical string width, the field-mass influence becomes insignificant. In this case, the partial contribution of a massive field to the Casimir energy is of the same order as the contribution of a massless one. At these distances, the string&rsquo;s transverse size is insignificant also. However, at the interstring distances of the same order as a string radius, the energy of the vacuum interaction of thick strings may significantly surpass the one for two infinitely thin strings with the same mass per unit length.

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Authors: Aram Saharian

The paper investigates the vacuum expectation value of the surface energy&ndash;momentum tensor (SEMT) for a scalar field with general curvature coupling in the geometry of two branes orthogonal to the boundary of anti-de Sitter (AdS) spacetime. For Robin boundary conditions on the branes, the SEMT is decomposed into the contributions corresponding to the self-energies of the branes and the parts induced by the presence of the second brane. The renormalization is required for the first parts only, and for the corresponding regularization the generalized zeta function method is employed. The induced SEMT is finite and is free from renormalization ambiguities. For an observer living on the brane, the corresponding equation of state is of the cosmological constant type. Depending on the boundary conditions and on the separation between the branes, the surface energy densities can be either positive or negative. The energy density induced on the brane vanishes in special cases of Dirichlet and Neumann boundary conditions on that brane. The effect of gravity on the induced SEMT is essential at separations between the branes of the order or larger than the curvature radius for AdS spacetime. In the considerably large separation limit, the decay of the SEMT, as a function of the proper separation, follows a power law for both massless and massive fields. For parallel plates in Minkowski bulk and for massive fields the fall-off of the corresponding expectation value is exponential.

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Authors: Alexey Danilkovich Dmitry Tikhonov

The theory of fluids is used to modify the integral equations of the reference interaction site model (RISM) approximation. Its applicability to the study of biomolecules solvation is evaluated. Unlike traditional RISM applications, the new integral equation contains an intramolecular correlation matrix that only needs to be calculated once. This allows us to bypass the effort of repeatedly solving RISM equations and the time-consuming averaging of values obtained for each time point of a molecular trajectory. The new approach allows for the assessment of the conformational transience of dissolved molecules while taking into account the effects of solvation. The free energy of oxytocin, which is a peptide hormone, as well as self-assembled ionic peptide complexes calculated using both the traditional RISM and the new RISM with average matrix (RISM-AM) approach are estimated. The free energy of oxytocin calculated using RISM-AM shows that the statistical error does not exceed the error obtained by standard averaging of solutions in the RISM equation. Despite the somewhat ambiguous results obtained for ionic peptide self-assembly using RISM-AM with Lennard&ndash;Jones repulsion correction, this method can still be considered applicable for fast molecular dynamics analysis. Since the required computational power can be reduced by at least two orders of magnitude, the medium-matrix RISM is indeed a highly applicable tool for studying macromolecular conformations as well as corresponding solvation effects.

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Authors: Koen Thas

In this paper, we discuss quantum formalisms that do not use the axiom of choice. We also consider the fundamental problem that addresses the (in)correctness of having the complex numbers as the base field for Hilbert spaces in the K&oslash;benhavn interpretation of quantum theory, and propose a new approach to this problem (based on the Lefschetz principle). Rather than a theorem&ndash;proof paper, this paper describes two new research programs on the foundational level, and focuses on basic open questions that arise in these programs.

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Authors: Sining Li Ahad N. Zehmakan

We study a graph-based generalization of the Galam opinion formation model. Consider a simple connected graph which represents a social network. Each node in the graph is colored either blue or white, which indicates a positive or negative opinion on a new product or a topic. In each discrete-time round, all nodes are assigned randomly to groups of different sizes, where the node(s) in each group form a clique in the underlying graph. All the nodes simultaneously update their color to the majority color in their group. If there is a tie, each node in the group chooses one of the two colors uniformly at random. Investigating the convergence time of the model, our experiments show that the convergence time is a logarithm function of the number of nodes for a complete graph and a quadratic function for a cycle graph. We also study the various strategies for selecting a set of seed nodes to maximize the final cascade of one of the two colors, motivated by viral marketing. We consider the algorithms where the seed nodes are selected based on the graph structure (nodes&rsquo; centrality measures such as degree, betweenness, and closeness) and the individual&rsquo;s characteristics (activeness and stubbornness). We provide a comparison of such strategies by conducting experiments on different real-world and synthetic networks.

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Authors: Fatemeh Tajik George Palasantzas

Here, we investigate the actuation dynamics of a micro device with different intervening liquids between the actuating components under the influence of Casimir and dissipative hydrodynamic forces. This is enabled via phase space portraits, which demonstrate that by increasing the dielectric response of the intervening layer the autonomous device may not come into stiction due to the decreasing in magnitude Casmir force. Unlike the micro devices that are placed in vacuum with an intervening liquid, the phase portraits show only a spiral trajectory which eventually stops at a rest position due to the strong energy dissipation by the position dependent hydrodynamic drag forces, even when considering sufficiently strong restoring forces. Moreover, it is feasible to expand the area of motion using intervening liquids with lower dynamic viscosity or increasing the slip length of the intervening fluid. Finally, under the influence of an external driven force, which is the realistic case for possible applications, the system can reach stable oscillation at larger separations with an amplitude higher for the liquid that led to lower Casimir and hydrodynamic forces. Hence, the results presented in this study are essential for studying the dynamical behavior of MEMS and their design in liquid environments.

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Authors: Benedetta Dalla Barba Marco Berton Luigi Foschini Giovanni La Mura Amelia Vietri Stefano Ciroi

We present first results of the analysis of optical spectra of two complementary samples of Seyfert galaxies (Seyferts). The first sample was extracted from a selection of the 4th Fermi Gamma-ray Large Area Telescope (4FGL) catalog and consists of 11 &gamma;-ray-emitting jetted Seyfert galaxies. The second one was extracted from the Swift-BAT AGN Spectroscopic Survey (BASS) and is composed of 38 hard-X-ray-selected active galactic nuclei (AGN). These two samples are complementary, with the former being expected to have smaller viewing angles, while the latter may include objects with larger viewing angles. We measured emission-line ratios to investigate whether the behavior of these Seyferts can be explained in terms of obscuration, as suggested by the Unified Model (UM) of AGN, or if there are intrinsic differences due to the presence of jets or outflows, or due to evolution. We found no indications of intrinsic differences. The UM remains the most plausible interpretation for these classes of objects, even if some results can be challenging for this model.

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Authors: Boris Z. Kopeliovich Irina K. Potashnikova Iván Schmidt

Absorptive corrections, which are known to suppress proton-neutron transitions with a large fractional momentum z&rarr;1 in pp collisions, become dramatically strong on a nuclear target, and they push the partial cross sections of leading neutron production to the very periphery of the nucleus. The mechanism of the pion &pi; and axial vector meson a1 interference, which successfully explains the observed single-spin asymmetry in a polarized pp&rarr;nX, is extended to the collisions of polarized protons with nuclei. When corrected for nuclear effects, it explains the observed single-spin azimuthal asymmetry of neutrons that is produced in inelastic events, which is where the nucleus violently breaks up. This single-spin asymmetry is found to be negative and nearly atomic mass number A-independent.

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Authors: Krzysztof Malarz Tomasz Masłyk

The study of opinion formation and dynamics is one of the core topics in sociophysics. In this paper, the results of computer simulation of opinion dynamics based on social impact theory are presented. The simulations are based on Latan&eacute; theory in its computerised version proposed by Nowak, Szamrej and Latan&eacute;. The active parameters of the model describe the volatility of the actors (social temperature T) and the effective range of interaction (governed by an exponent &alpha; in a scaling function of distance between actors). Initially, every actor i has his/her own opinion. Our results indicate that ultimately at least 90% of the initial opinions available are removed from the society. For a low social temperature and a long range of interaction, only one opinion survives. Also, a rough sketch of the system phase diagram is presented. It indicates a set of (&alpha;,T) leading either to (1) the dominance of the unanimity of the opinions or (2) mixtures of unanimity and polarisation, or (3) taking random opinions by actors, or (4) a mixture of the final fates of the systems. The drastic reduction of finally observed opinions vs. their initial variety may be generic for many sociophysical models of opinions formation but masked by assuming an initially small pool of available opinions (in the worst case, in models with only binary opinions).

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Authors: Galina L. Klimchitskaya Vladimir M. Mostepanenko

We consider the Casimir pressure between two graphene sheets and contributions to it determined by evanescent and propagating waves with different polarizations. For this purpose, the derivation of the 2-dimensional (2D) Fresnel reflection coefficients on a graphene sheet is presented in terms of the transverse and longitudinal dielectric permittivities of graphene with due account of the spatial dispersion. The explicit expressions for both dielectric permittivities as the functions of the 2D wave vector, frequency, and temperature are written along the real frequency axis in the regions of propagating and evanescent waves and at the pure imaginary Matsubara frequencies using the polarization tensor of graphene. It is shown that in the application region of the Dirac model nearly the total value of the Casimir pressure between two graphene sheets is determined by the electromagnetic field with transverse magnetic (TM) polarization. By using the Lifshitz formula written along the real frequency axis, the contributions of the TM-polarized propagating and evanescent waves into the total pressure are determined. By confronting these results with the analogous results found for plates made of real metals, the way for bringing the Lifshitz theory using the realistic response functions in agreement with measurements of the Casimir force between metallic test bodies is pointed out.

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Authors: Noah Graham

Using the formulation of the electromagnetic Green&rsquo;s function of a perfectly conducting cone in terms of analytically continued angular momentum, we compute the Casimir&ndash;Polder interaction energy of a cone with a polarizable particle. We introduce this formalism by first reviewing the analogous approach for a perfectly conducting wedge, and then demonstrate the calculation through numerical evaluation of the resulting integrals.

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Authors: Fady Tarek Farouk Abdel Nasser Tawfik Fawzy Salah Tarabia Muhammad Maher

The minimal length conjecture is merged with a generalized quantum uncertainty formula, where we identify the minimal uncertainty in a particle&rsquo;s position as the minimal measurable length scale. Thus, we obtain a quantum-induced deformation parameter that directly depends on the chosen minimal length scale. This quantum-induced deformation is conjectured to require the generalization of Riemannian spacetime geometry underlying the classical theory of general relativity to an eight-dimensional spacetime fiber bundle, which dictates the deformation of the line element, metric tensor, Levi-Civita connection, Riemann curvature tensor, etc. We calculate the deformation thus produced in the Levi-Civita connection and find it to explicitly and exclusively depend on the product of the minimum measurable length and the particle&rsquo;s spacelike four-acceleration vector, L2x&uml;2. We find that the deformed Levi-Civita connection preserves all properties of its undeformed counterpart, such as torsion freedom and metric compatibility. Accordingly, we have constructed a deformed version of the Riemann curvature tensor whose expression can be factorized in all its terms with different functions of L2x&uml;2. We also show that the classical four-manifold status of being Riemannian is preserved when the quantum-induced deformation is negligible. We study the dependence of a parallel-transported tangent vector on the spacelike four-acceleration. We illustrate the impact of the minimal-length-induced quantum deformation on the classical geometrical objects of the general theory of relativity using the unit radius two-sphere example. We conclude that the minimal length deformation implies a correction to the spacetime curvature and its contractions, which is manifest in the additional curvature terms of the corrected Riemann tensor. Accordingly, quantum-induced effects endow an additional spacetime curvature and geometrical structure.

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Authors: Roberto Balbinot Alessandro Fabbri

We analyze the correlations functions across the horizon in Hawking black hole radiation to reveal the correlations between Hawking particles and their partners. The effects of the underlying space&ndash;time on this are shown in various examples ranging from acoustic black holes to regular black holes.

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Authors: Galina L. Klimchitskaya Vladimir M. Mostepanenko

We consider the Casimir pressure between two metallic plates and calculate the four contributions to it determined by the propagating and evanescent waves and by the transverse magnetic and transverse electric polarizations of the electromagnetic field. The range of interplate separations is considered where nearly the whole pressure has its origin in the electromagnetic response of conduction electrons. In the Casimir physics, this response is described either by the dissipative Drude model resulting in contradictions with the measurement data or by the experimentally consistent but dissipationless plasma model. It is shown that the total transverse magnetic contribution to the Casimir pressure due to both the propagating and evanescent waves and the transverse electric contribution due to only the propagating waves, computed by means of the Drude model, correlate well with the corresponding results obtained using the plasma model. We conclude that the disagreement between the theoretical predictions obtained using the Drude model and precision measurements of the Casimir force is not caused by the account of dissipation in itself, but arises from an incorrect description of the response of metals to the low-frequency transverse electric evanescent waves by this model. It is demonstrated that the Drude model has no supporting experimental evidence in the range of transverse electric evanescent waves, so that the above conclusion is consistent with all available information. The alternative test of the Drude model for the transverse electric evanescent waves suggested in the framework of classical electrodynamics is discussed.

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Authors: Andrea Ellero Giovanni Fasano Daniela Favaretto

The focus of this paper is on analyzing the role and the choice of parameters in sociophysics diffusion models by leveraging the potentialities of sociophysics from a mathematical programming perspective. We first present a generalised version of Galam&rsquo;s opinion diffusion model. For a given selection of the coefficients in our model, this proposal yields the original Galam&rsquo;s model. The generalised model suggests guidelines for possible alternative selection of its parameters that allow it to foster diffusion. Examples of the parameters selection process as steered by numerical optimisation, taking into account various objectives, are provided.

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Authors: Norio Inui

Graphene exhibits diamagnetism, enabling it to be lifted by the repulsive force produced in an inhomogeneous magnetic field. However, the stable levitation of a graphene flake perpendicular to the magnetic field is impeded by its strong anisotropic of magnetic susceptibility that induces rotation. A method to suppress this rotation by applying the Casimir force to the graphene flake is presented in this paper. As a result, the graphene flake can archive stable levitation on a silicon plate when the gravitational force is small.

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Authors: André L. Oestereich Marcelo A. Pires Silvio M. Duarte Queirós Nuno Crokidakis

We study the Galam&rsquo;s majority-rule model in the presence of an independent behavior that can be driven intrinsically or can be mediated by information regarding the collective opinion of the whole population. We first apply the mean-field approach where we obtained an explicit time-dependent solution for the order parameter of the model. We complement our results with Monte Carlo simulations where our findings indicate that independent opinion leads to order&ndash;disorder continuous nonequilibrium phase transitions. Finite-size scaling analysis show that the model belongs to the mean-field Ising model universality class. Moreover, results from an approach with the Kramers&ndash;Moyal coefficients provide insights about the social volatility.

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Authors: Alexander Podgorny Igor Podgorny Alexei Borisenko

Solar cosmic rays (SCRs) are generated during the primordial energy release in solar flares. This explosive process takes place in the solar corona above the active region. It represents the fast release of the magnetic field energy of the current sheet, which is formed near a singular magnetic field line. Solar cosmic rays appear as a result of the acceleration of charged particles, mainly protons, by an inductive electric field in the current sheet equal to the field E = V &times; B/c (with V the speed of plasma and B the magnetic field near the current sheet, and c the speed of light). To study the mechanism of solar flares and obtain conditions for studying SCR acceleration, it is necessary to carry out magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) simulations of flare situations in the solar corona above a real active region. Methods of stabilization were developed which made it possible to partially solve the problem of numerical instabilities. MHD simulations shows complicated configurations near the singular line. Comparison of the results of the MHD simulations with observations showed the general agreement of the positions of the current sheets with regions of intense flare radiation. However, there are some problems with the details of such coincidences. The results obtained in this paper show the possibility of improving the methods of MHD simulation in order to solve the problems that arise during solving of MHD equations.

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Authors: G. Jordan Maclay

The Lamb shift, one of the most fundamental interactions in atomic physics, arises from the interaction of H atoms with the electromagnetic fluctuations of the quantum vacuum. The energy shift has been computed in a variety of ways. The energy shift, as Feynman, Power, and Milonni demonstrated, equals the change in the vacuum energy in the volume containing the H atoms due to the change in the index of refraction arising from the presence of the H atoms. Using this result and a group theoretical calculation of the contribution to the Lamb shift from each frequency of the vacuum fluctuations, in this paper we obtain an expression for the region of the vacuum energy for each frequency &omega; around the H atom due to the Lamb shift. This same field plays an essential role in the van der Waals force. We show the ground state atom is surrounded by a region of positive vacuum energy that extends well beyond the atom for low frequencies. This region can be described as a steady state cloud of vacuum fluctuations. For energies E=&#8463;&omega; less than 1 eV, where &#8463; is the reduced Planck constant and &omega; is frequency, the radius of the positive energy region is shown to be approximately 14.4/E &Aring;. For a vacuum fluctuation of wavelength, &lambda;, the radius is (&alpha;/2&pi;)&lambda;, where &alpha; is the fine-structure constant. Thus, for long wavelengths, the region has macroscopic dimensions. The energy&ndash;time uncertainty relation predicts a maximum possible radius that is larger than the radius based on the radiative shift calculations by a factor of 1/4&alpha;.

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Authors: Edmundo Alves Filho Francisco Welington Lima Tayroni Francisco Alencar Alves Gladstone de Alencar Alves Joao Antonio Plascak

The critical properties of a discrete version of opinion dynamics systems, based on the Biswas&ndash;Chatterjee&ndash;Sen model defined on Solomon networks with both nearest and random neighbors, are investigated through extensive computer simulations. By employing Monte Carlo algorithms on SNs of different sizes, the magnetic-like variables of the model are computed as a function of the noise parameter. Using the finite-size scaling hypothesis, it is observed that the model undergoes a second-order phase transition. The critical transition noise and the respective ratios of the usual critical exponents are computed in the limit of infinite-size networks. The results strongly indicate that the discrete Biswas&ndash;Chatterjee&ndash;Sen model is in a different universality class from the other lattices and networks, but in the same universality class as the Ising and majority-vote models on the same Solomon networks.

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Authors: Iwo Bialynicki-Birula Zofia Bialynicka-Birula

In this paper we extend the Zeldovich formula, which was originally derived for the free electromagnetic field and was interpreted as the number of photons. We show that our extended formula gives a universal dimensionless measure of the overall strength of electromagnetic fields: free fields and fields produced by various sources, in both the classical and the quantum theory. In particular, we find that this number&mdash;called here the Zeldovich number&mdash;for macroscopic systems is very large, of the order of 1020. For the hydrogen atom in the ground state, the Zeldovich number is equal to 0.025 and for the xenon atom it is around 50.

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Authors: Sunjing Zheng Nan Jiang Xiaomeng Li Mingzhong Xiao Qinghua Chen

Social physics (or sociophysics) offers new research perspectives for addressing social issues in various domains. In this study, we explore the decision-making process of doctoral graduates during their transition from graduation to employment, drawing on the ideas of sociophysics. We divide the process into two decision steps and propose a generative model based on appropriate assumptions. This model effectively reproduces empirical data, allowing us to derive essential parameters that influence the decision-making process from empirical observations. Through a comparison of the best-fit parameters, we discover that doctoral graduates in business disciplines tend to exhibit more concentrated employment choices, while those in computer science and history disciplines demonstrate a greater diversity of options. Furthermore, we observe that universities consider factors beyond rankings when selecting doctoral graduates.

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Authors: Andres Mauricio Kowalski Angelo Plastino Gaspar Gonzalez

We analyze the (dynamical) classic limit of a special semiclassical system. We describe the interaction of a quantum system with a classical one. This limit has been well studied before as a function of a constant of motion linked to the Heisenberg principle. In this paper, we investigate the existence of the mentioned limit, but with reference to the total energy of the system. Additionally, we find an attractive result regarding the border of the transition.

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Authors: Aida Galoyan Alberto Ribon Vladimir Uzhinsky

A new method for studying two-particle transverse momentum (PT) correlations in soft hadronic interactions is proposed. It is shown that Monte Carlo models: PYTHIA 6 and Geant4 FTF (FRITIOF), give different predictions for the correlations in proton&ndash;proton interactions. The correlations are connected with Schwinger&rsquo;s mechanism of particle creation. These correlations can be studied in current and future experiments in high energy physics, in particular, at the Nuclotron-based Ion Collider fAcility (NICA).

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Authors: Vitaly B. Svetovoy

The Casimir forces between metals or good conductors have been checked experimentally. Semiconductors and especially dielectrics have not been investigated because of the surface charges, which generate strong electrostatic forces. Here, it is proposed to study the Casimir interaction of a dielectric and metal using a thin dielectric layer deposited on an optically thick metallic substrate. If the thickness of the layer is a few tens of nanometers, the electrostatic force due to charging can be compensated for by applying an extra voltage between the metallic plates. On the other hand, the contribution of the dielectric layer to the Casimir force is sufficiently large to extract information about the interaction between the bulk dielectric and metal.

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Authors: Evgenii Ievlev Michael R. R. Good

Classical radiation from a single relativistically accelerating electron is investigated where the temperature characterizing the system highlights the dependence on acceleration. In the context of the dynamic Casimir effect with Planck-distributed photons and thermal black hole evaporation, we demonstrate analytic consistency between the ideas of constant acceleration and equilibrium thermal radiation. For ultra-relativistic speeds, we demonstrate a long-lasting constant peel acceleration and constant power emission, which is consistent with the idea of balanced equilibrium of Planck-distributed particle radiation.

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Authors: Marta Reina Chams Gharib Ali Barura Philippe Ben-Abdallah Riccardo Messina

In the classical approach to dealing with near-field radiative heat exchange between two closely spaced bodies, no coupling between the different heat carriers inside the materials and thermal photons is usually considered. Here, we provide an overview of the current state of research on this coupling between solids of different sizes while paying specific attention to the impact of the conduction regime inside the solids on the conduction&ndash;radiation coupling. We describe how the shape of the solids affects this coupling, and show that it can be located at the origin of a drastic change in the temperature profiles inside each body and the heat flux exchanged between them. These results could have important implications in the fields of nanoscale thermal management, near-field solid-state cooling, and nanoscale energy conversion.

]]>Physics doi: 10.3390/physics5030048

Authors: Yutao Chen Chih-Hsun Lin Minghui Liu Alexander S. Sakharov Jürgen Ulbricht Jiawei Zhao

The experimental data from VENUS, TOPAS, OPAL, DELPHI, ALEPH and L3 Collaborations collected from 1989 to 2003 are applied to study the quantum electrodynamics (QED) framework through the direct contact interaction term approach, using the annihilation reaction e+e&minus;&rarr;&gamma;&gamma;(&gamma;). The analysis involves performing a &chi;2-test to detect the presence of an excited electron e*, and and evidence of non-point like behavior in the e+e&minus; annihilation zone. The analysis yields compelling results, showing a significant signal at a confidence level of approximately 5 standard deviations. These findings suggest the existence of an excited electron with a mass of 308 &plusmn; 14 GeV and indicate the presence of a contact interaction characterized by a cutoff scale of 1253.53 &plusmn; 226 GeV. Furthermore, the interpretation of the cutoff scale result in terms of a radius of (1.57 &plusmn; 0.07) &times; 10&minus;17 cm raises an intriguing possibility regarding the electron&rsquo;s non-pointness.

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Authors: Vyacheslav I. Yukalov

This paper is devoted to nonequilibrium systems in the physics approach to social systems. Equilibrium systems have been considered in the recenly published first part of the review. The style of the paper combines the features of a tutorial and a review, which, from one side, makes it simpler to read for nonspecialists aiming at grasping the basics of social physics, and from the other side, describes several rather recent original models containing new ideas that could be of interest to experienced researchers in the field.

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Authors: Anna Dergacheva Denis Chernov Angelina Chvirova Gleb Erofeev Daria Fedorova Sergei Fedotov Marat Khabibullin Alexei Khotjantsev Yury Kudenko Alexander Mefodiev Oleg Mineev Nikolai Yershov

This paper is devoted to the current status of the novel fully active 3D (three-dimensional) fine-grained scintillator detector SuperFGD as a main part of the near off-axis detector upgrade program for the T2K experiment. The following important components related to the SuperFGD such as SuperFGD electronics and mechanics, wavelength shifting (WLS) fibers, and light emitting diode (LED) calibration system are also discussed here as well as the detector&rsquo;s near future.

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