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Experimental Tests of Quantum Gravity and Exotic Quantum Field Theory Effects

Call for Papers

One of the hurdles to advancing our understanding of fundamental physics has been the supposition that fundamental physics is governed by the Planck scale which is extraordinarily small (10-33 cm) and extraordinarily energetic (1019 GeV) when compared to distance and energy scales that are probed with current technology (10-17 cm and 103 GeV, resp.). However, some recent theories have proposed that the Planck scale may not be fundamental but may be an effective scale and that the true length/energy scale may be much lower—low enough to give rise to interesting observable signatures in current or near-future experiments. On the other hand, there have been recent experimental proposals for testing fundamental physics using clever, indirect means. For example, the study of heavy ion collisions and certain super fluid systems have been proposed as giving analog systems which would allow one to effectively study Hawking/Unruh radiation and black hole thermodynamics.

We invite investigators to contribute original research articles as well as review articles that will stimulate research in this particular area of fundamental physics. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Novel, exotic theories (e.g., large extra dimensions) with observable effects
  • Testing Hawking/Unruh radiation via analog systems
  • Cosmological observations as a window on fundamental physics
  • Casimir and dynamical Casimir effect
  • Gravitational and other variants of the standard Aharonov-Bohm effect
  • Novel methods for detecting gravitational waves
  • Novel computational methods and computational results in quantum gravity
  • Using atomic and BEC interference to probe fundamental physics

Before submission authors should carefully read over the journal’s Author Guidelines, which are located at Prospective authors should submit an electronic copy of their complete manuscript through the journal Manuscript Tracking System at according to the following timetable:

Manuscript DueFriday, 8 November 2013
First Round of ReviewsFriday, 31 January 2014
Publication DateFriday, 28 March 2014

Lead Guest Editor

  • Douglas Singleton, Department of Physics, California State University, Fresno, Fresno, CA 93740, USA

Guest Editors

  • Emil Akhmedov, Institute of Theoretical and Experimental Physics, Moscow, Russia
  • Stephen Minter, Center for Quantum Science and Technology, Faculty of Physics, University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria
  • Piero Nicolini, Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies and Institut für Theoretische Physik, Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt am Main, Germany