Annalen der Physik

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May 2008

Volume 17, Issue 5

Pages 269–351

  1. Contents

    1. Top of page
    2. Contents
    3. Recent and forthcoming publication in Annalen der Physik
    4. Historical Reviews
    5. Original Papers
    6. Book Review
    1. Contents: Ann. Phys. 5/2008 (pages 269–271)

      Article first published online: 18 APR 2008 | DOI: 10.1002/andp.200817006

  2. Recent and forthcoming publication in Annalen der Physik

    1. Top of page
    2. Contents
    3. Recent and forthcoming publication in Annalen der Physik
    4. Historical Reviews
    5. Original Papers
    6. Book Review
    1. Ann. Phys. 6/2008: Electrodynamics of spin currents in superconductors (page 272)

      Jorge E. Hirsch

      Article first published online: 18 APR 2008 | DOI: 10.1002/andp.200817007

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      In recent work we formulated a new set of electrodynamic equations for superconductors as an alternative to the conventional London equations, compatible with the prediction of the theory of hole superconductivity that superconductors expel negative charge from the interior towards the surface. In this paper we extend the electrodynamic equations to describe also the space and time dependence of the spin density and spin current.

  3. Historical Reviews

    1. Top of page
    2. Contents
    3. Recent and forthcoming publication in Annalen der Physik
    4. Historical Reviews
    5. Original Papers
    6. Book Review
    1. “... you can't say to anyone to their face: your paper is rubbish.” Max Planck as Editor of the Annalen der Physik (pages 273–301)

      D. Hoffmann

      Article first published online: 18 APR 2008 | DOI: 10.1002/andp.200810294

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      Max Planck's place in the history of the Annalen der Physik, which spans some two hundred years, can be characterized as unique. Planck not only published the majority of his own scientific papers in this periodical but was also connected to it personally in various editorial positions. Thus for over half a century, from 1894 until 1947, he contributed decisively toward its promotion as a leading international professional journal of modern physics. This paper documents Planck's diverse relationships with the Annalen der Physik and analyzes his editorship against the backdrop of the evolving physics in the first quarter of the 20th century.

    2. Ettore Majorana and his heritage seventy years later (pages 302–318)

      S. Esposito

      Article first published online: 18 APR 2008 | DOI: 10.1002/andp.200810296

      The physicists working in several areas of research know quite well the name of Ettore Majorana, since it is currently associated to fundamental concepts like Majorana neutrinos in particle physics and cosmology or Majorana fermions in condensed matter physics. But, probably, very few is known about other substantial contributions of that ingenious scholar, and even less about his personal background. For non specialists, instead, the name of Ettore Majorana is usually intimately related to the fact that he disappeared rather mysteriously on March 26, 1938, just seventy years ago, and was never seen again.

      The life and the work of this Italian scientist is the object of the present review, which will also offer a summary of the main results achieved in recent times by the historical and scientific researches on his work.

  4. Original Papers

    1. Top of page
    2. Contents
    3. Recent and forthcoming publication in Annalen der Physik
    4. Historical Reviews
    5. Original Papers
    6. Book Review
    1. Superluminal propagation of evanescent modes as a quantum effect (pages 319–325)

      Z.-Y. Wang, C.-D. Xion and B. He

      Article first published online: 18 APR 2008 | DOI: 10.1002/andp.200710288

      Contrary to mechanical waves, the two-slit interference experiment of single photons shows that the behavior of classical electromagnetic waves corresponds to the quantum mechanical one of single photons, which is also different from the quantum-field-theory behavior such as the creations and annihilations of photons, the vacuum fluctuations, etc. Owing to a purely quantum effect, quantum tunneling particles including tunneling photons (evanescent modes) can propagate over a spacelike interval. With this picture we conclude that the superluminality of evanescent modes is a quantum mechanical rather than a classical phenomenon.

    2. On the construction of Fermi-Walker transported frames (pages 326–335)

      J.W. Maluf and F.F. Faria

      Article first published online: 18 APR 2008 | DOI: 10.1002/andp.200810289

      We consider tetrad fields as reference frames adapted to observers that move along arbitrary timelike trajectories in spacetime. By means of a local Lorentz transformation we can transform these frames into Fermi-Walker transported frames, which define a standard of non-rotation for accelerated observers. Here we present a simple prescription for the construction of Fermi-Walker transported frames out of an arbitrary set of tetrad fields.

    3. Effect of pure phase decoherence on entanglement teleportation (pages 336–342)

      M. Ge, L.-F. Zhu and Liang Qiu

      Article first published online: 18 APR 2008 | DOI: 10.1002/andp.200710290

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      We study entanglement teleportation in the two-qubit XX Heisenberg model with pure phase decoherence taken into account. For some initial entangled states, pure phase decoherence has no effect on the teleported entanglement, while for others pure phase decoherence has a pronounced effect. In addition, entanglement sudden death happens in the latter case.

    4. Pressure driven transport of glassy solid helium in cylindrical nanopores at very low temperature regime (pages 343–349)

      Z. Kwang-Hua Chu

      Article first published online: 18 APR 2008 | DOI: 10.1002/andp.200710292

      By using the glassy helium model and boundary perturbation method, we can obtain the velocity fields (as well as the flow rate up to the second order) at very low temperature regime inside the wavy-rough cylindrical nanopores. Our results show that the velocities of solid helium reported before by many groups could be reproduced by carefully selecting relevant physical parameters.

  5. Book Review

    1. Top of page
    2. Contents
    3. Recent and forthcoming publication in Annalen der Physik
    4. Historical Reviews
    5. Original Papers
    6. Book Review

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