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Zeitschrift für Naturforschung A

A Journal of Physical Sciences

Editor-in-Chief: Holthaus, Martin

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    Vol. 72, Iss. 2: Nanoscale Thermal Transfer – An Invitation to Fluctuation Electrodynamics by Carsten Henkel

    Vol. 72, Iss. 2: Multiscale Model for the Dielectric Permittivity by Agustín Pérez-Madrid, Luciano C. Lapas and J. Miguel Rubí

    Vol. 72, Iss. 2: Near-Field Heat Transfer between Multilayer Hyperbolic Metamaterials by Svend-Age Biehs and Philippe Ben-Abdallah

    Vol. 72, Iss. 2: Near Field Heat Transfer between Random Composite Materials: Applications and Limitations by Eva Yazmin Santiago and Raul Esquivel-Sirvent

    Vol. 72, Iss. 2: Thermal Conductance of a Surface Phonon-Polariton Crystal Made up of Polar Nanorods by Jose Ordonez-Miranda, Karl Joulain and Younes Ezzahri

    Vol. 72, Iss. 2: Near-Field Radiative Heat Transfer under Temperature Gradients and Conductive Transfer by Jin Weiliang, Riccardo Messina and Alejandro W. Rodriguez

    Vol. 72, Iss. 2: Thermotronics: Towards Nanocircuits to Manage Radiative Heat Flux by Philippe Ben-Abdallah and Svend-Age Biehs

    Vol. 72, Iss. 2: Quantum Thermal Rectification to Design Thermal Diodes and Transistors by Karl Joulain, Younès Ezzahri and Jose Ordonez-Miranda

    Vol. 72, Iss. 2: Casimir Friction and Near-field Radiative Heat Transfer in Graphene Structures by A.I. Volokitin

    Vol. 72, Iss. 2: Van der Waals Force Assisted Heat Transfer by K. Sasihithlu, J.B. Pendry and R.V. Craster

    Vol. 72, Iss. 2: Effect of Amorphisation on the Thermal Properties of Nanostructured Membranes by Konstantinos Termentzidis, Maxime Verdier and David Lacroix

    Vol. 72, Iss. 1: Quantum-Phase-Field Concept of Matter: Emergent Gravity in the Dynamic Universe by Ingo Steinbach

    Vol. 71, Iss. 11: Multi-Scale Morphological Analysis of Conductance Signals in Vertical Upward Gas-Liquid Two-Phase Flow by Enyang Lian, Yingyu Ren, Yunfeng Han, Weixin Liu, Ningde Jin and Junying Zhao

    Vol. 71, Iss. 10: Entropy Production Within a Pulsed Bose-Einstein Condensate by Christoph Heinisch and Martin Holthaus

    Vol. 71, Iss. 10: Anatomy of a Periodicalle Driven p-Wave Superconductor by Erhai Zhao

    Vol. 71, Iss. 10: Quasi-Periodically Driven Quantum Systems by Albert Verdeny, Joaquim Puig and Florian Mintert

    Vol. 71, Iss. 10: Interband Heating Processes in a Periodically Driven Optical Lattice by Christoph Sträter and André Eckardt

    Vol. 71, Iss. 10: Magnus Expansion Approach to Parametric Oscillator Systems in a Thermal Bath by Beilei Zhu, Tobias Rexin and Ludwig Mathey

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    The "Zeitschrift für Naturforschung" – translated literally: Journal for Research in Natural Sciences – was founded by Alfred Klemm together with Hans Friedrich-Freksa in 1945, providing a badly needed functioning means of professional communication for scientists in postwar Germany.

    When glancing through the journal's initial issues, constituting volume 1 in 1946, one discovers some real jewels: Among others, Max Planck contributed a memorial article on the occasion of the 300th birthday of Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz [ZfN 1, issue 5, page 298]; Pascual Jordan gave an interpretation of cosmic radiation [1, 6, 301]; Otto Hahn, Fritz Strassmann, and Walter Seelmann-Eggebertreported on the isolation of elements produced by the fission of Uranium nuclei [1, 10, 545], and Werner Heisenberg pondered over the mathematical framework of quantum field theory [1, 11-12, 608]. In those early days, the journal's board of trustees consisted of Arnold Sommerfeld, Klaus Clusius, and Alfred Kühn – a physicist, a chemist, and a biologist, who were joined by Werner Heisenberg, Adolf Butenandt, and Otto Renner in 1947.

    Already in 1947, starting with volume 2, the journal was divided into part A comprising Astrophysics, Physics, and Physical Chemistry, and part B dedicated to Chemistry and Biology; much later, in 1973, Biology became part C. From 1950 until 2007, from volume 5 to volume 62, Alfred Klemm signed as being the sole person responsible for the content of Zeitschrift für Naturforschung A (ZNA for short) – a singularly long and tight connection between a journal and its founder!

    The young journal flourished. Flipping through the earlier volumes of ZNA, one finds remarks by Hans A. Bethe on the eigenfunctions of the Hydrogen atom within Dirac's theory [3, 8, 470; as part of the "Festschrift" dedicated to Arnold Sommerfeld on the occasion of his 80th birthday by his former students], a treatise by Kurt Symanizik on Schwinger's functional in field theory [9, 10, 809], a study by Gerhart Lüders concerning localized states in the Bethe-Goldstone equation [14, 1, 1], or an investigation of unimodular matrices homomorphic to Lorentz transformations by A. W. Saenz and E. P. Wigner [22, 9, 1293] – a random selection that necessarily has to remain vastly incomplete. Clearly, the journal was harvesting the intellectual fruits of great minds, who at that time may not always have received the attention they deserved, since the predominant publication language still was German. But that changed gradually, until the "Informations for Contributors" were given in English in the eighties.

    In 1985 the editorial board was joined by Siegried Großmann, who became sole Editor-in-Chief in 2003. Under his advice and guidance the "Zeitschrift" was carefully modernized, still maintaining the original spirit, but now allowing for electronic submissions, and making use of the upcoming internet. Thus, ZNA was turned into a truly international journal, as always attracting contributions from all branches of physics, now with notable strengths in the fields of nonlinear dynamics and fluid mechanics.

    Effective 2015, the previous "Verlag der Zeitschrift für Naturforschung", until then run by the Klemm family, was taken over by De Gruyter. With that, ZNA became a fully web-based journal, facilitating communication between authors and editors on the one hand and between editors and referees on the other, by employing a web-supported manuscript management system, and allowing for convenient search in the journal's now complete electronic archive – thus making a wealth of hidden treasures easily accessible again.

    At all times, ZNA has published landmark articles. The breadth of topics covered by the journal may be illustrated best by listing some papers which turned out to become particularly influential:

    Theorie der Streung schneller geladener Teilchen I. Einzelstreuung am abgeschirmten Coulomb-Feld (Theory of scattering of fast charged particles I. Single scattering event due to a screened Coulomb field) by Gert Moliere, ZNA 2, 133 (1947).

    Theorie der Streunung schneller geladener Teilchen II. Mehrfachstreung und Vielfachstreunung (Theory of scattering of fast charged particles II. Multiple scattering events) by Gert Moliere, ZNA 3, 78 (1948).

    Experimentelle und theoretische Untersuchung des zwischenmolekularen Übergangs von Elektroenanregungsenergie (Experimental and theoretical investigation of the intermolecular transition of electronic excitation energy) by Theodor Förster, ZNA 4, 321 (1949).

    Über den Ursprung der Magnetfelder auf Sternen und im interstellaren Raum (On the origin of magnetic fields on stars and in interstellar space) by Ludwig Biermann, ZNA 5, 65 (1950).

    Eine neues Massenspektrometer ohne Magnetfeld (A new mass spectrometer without magnetic field) by Wolfgang Paul and Helmut Steinwedel, ZNA 8, 448 (1953).

    Molekulare Theorie der Mikroreibung (Molecular theory of microfriction) by A. Gierer and K. Wirtz, ZNA 8, 523 (1953).

    Invariant distributions and stationary correlation-functions of one-dimensional discrete processes by S. Grossmann and S. Thomae, ZNA 32, 1353 (1977).

    Steric interaction of fluid membranes in multilayer systems by W. Helfrich, ZNA 33, 305 (1978).

    Strange attractors, chaotic behavior, and information-flow by Robert Shaw, ZNA 36, 80 (1981).

    A pulsed molecular-beam microwave Fourier-transform spectrometer with parallel molecular-beam and resonator axes by J.-U. Grabow and W. Stahl, ZNA 45, 1043 (1990).

    In this tradition, ZNA is serving the international scientific community still today as an efficient, up-to-date communication platform which covers all areas of experimental and theoretical physics, combining rigorous publication standards with high visibility.

    A more comprehensive overview (in German) concerning the history of the Zeitschrift für Naturforschung A, enriched with personal reminiscences, was given by S. Großmann on the occasion of the 100th birthday of Alfred Klemm in ZNA 68, 3 (2013).

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    Editorial Information

    Editor in Chief
    Martin Holthaus

    Honorary Editor
    Siegfried Großmann

    Corina Fetecau
    Claus Kiefer (Köln)
    Gerd Roepke (Rostock)
    Willi-Hans Steeb (Auckland Park)

    Advisory Board
    Ulrich Eckern
    Condensed Matter Theory
    Theory of Superconductivity and Superfluid Helium
    Unconventional Superconductors near Interfaces
    Quantum Mechanics

    Thomas Elze (Pisa)
    Quantum-classical Hybrid Systems
    Quantum Decoherence
    QCD Transport Theory
    Quark-gluon Plasma
    Statistical Mechanics

    Jan Honolka (Prag)
    Nano-Magnetism and Magnetism
    Physics of Surfaces and Surface Science
    X-ray Spectroscopy

    Thorsten Klüner (Oldenburg)
    Quantum Chemistry
    Density Functional Theory (DFT)
    Development of Embedding Methods
    Dissipative Quantum Dynamics
    Electronically Excited States
    Photochemistry on Surfaces

    Shijun Liao (Shanghai)
    Nonlinear Mechanics
    Computational Fluid Dynamics
    Ocean Engineering

    Stefan Lochbrunner (Rostock)
    Atomic and Molecular Physics
    Dynamics of Molecular Systems

    Detlef Lohse (Twente)

    Aneta Stefanovska (Lancaster)
    Complex Systems
    Biological, Cardiovascular, Neural Systems
    Time Series Analysis
    Coupled Oscillators, Synchronization

    Weigang Sun (Hangzhou)
    Applied Mathamatics
    Differential Equations
    Nonlinear Systems
    Nonlinear Control

    Martin Zirnbauer (Köln)
    Theoretical Physics (Mathematical Foundations)
    Field Theory of Disordered and Mesoscopic Systems
    Topological Quantum Matter

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