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Zeitschrift für Naturforschung A

A Journal of Physical Sciences

Editor-in-Chief: Holthaus, Martin

Editorial Board Member: Fetecau, Corina / Kiefer, Claus / Röpke, Gerd / Steeb, Willi-Hans

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IMPACT FACTOR increased in 2015: 0.886

SCImago Journal Rank (SJR) 2015: 0.295
Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP) 2015: 0.485
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Zeitschrift für Naturforschung A – A Journal of Physical Sciences is proud to announce a new feature, the Editor’s Choice free access article. To download the featured article free of charge, please click the link below.

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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A Journal of Physical Sciences: Zeitschrift für Naturforschung A (ZNA) is an international scientific journal which publishes original research papers from all areas of experimental and theoretical physics. Authors are encouraged to pay particular attention to a clear exposition of their respective subject, addressing a wide readership. In accordance with the name of our journal, which means “Journal for Natural Sciences”, manuscripts submitted to ZNA should have a tangible connection to actual physical phenomena. In particular, we welcome experiment-oriented contributions.

Manuscripts considered for publication in A Journal of Physical Sciences: Zeitschrift für Naturforschung A undergo high-level refereeing. Mere formal correctness of a paper is not sufficient for its acceptance. Moreover, articles reporting a merely marginal extension of already existing knowledge are considered unsatisfactory. Instead, the key quality a publication in A Journal of Physical Sciences: Zeitschrift für Naturforschung A should possess is that it makes a genuine contribution to the advancement of its topic.

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  • Atomic and molecular & chemical physics
  • Dynamical systems & nonlinear physics
  • Elementary particles & quantum fields
  • Gravitation and cosmology
  • Hydrodynamics
  • Quantum theory
  • Optics and information
  • Solid state physics
  • Thermodynamics & statistical physics

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History

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
(Oldenburg)

Honorary Editor
Siegfried Großmann
(Marburg)

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

Advisory Board
Ulrich Eckern
(Augsburg)
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)
Hydrodynamics

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

Weigang Sun (Hangzhou)
Applied Mathematics
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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