Annalen der Physik

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August 2010

Volume 522, Issue 8

Pages 533–610

  1. Cover Picture

    1. Top of page
    2. Cover Picture
    3. Contents
    4. Original Papers
    5. Historical Article
    6. Book Review
    1. Cover Picture: Ann. Phys. 8/2010

      Article first published online: 9 JUL 2010 | DOI: 10.1002/andp.201090006

  2. Contents

    1. Top of page
    2. Cover Picture
    3. Contents
    4. Original Papers
    5. Historical Article
    6. Book Review
    1. Contents: Ann. Phys. 8/2010 (pages 533–535)

      Article first published online: 9 JUL 2010 | DOI: 10.1002/andp.201052208

  3. Original Papers

    1. Top of page
    2. Cover Picture
    3. Contents
    4. Original Papers
    5. Historical Article
    6. Book Review
    1. Twenty Hirsch index variants and other indicators giving more or less preference to highly cited papers (pages 536–554)

      M. Schreiber

      Article first published online: 14 JUN 2010 | DOI: 10.1002/andp.201000046

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      The Hirsch index or h-index is widely used to quantify the impact of an individual's scientific research output, determining the highest number h of a scientist's papers that received at least h citations. Several variants of the index have been proposed in order to give more or less preference to highly cited papers. The author analyses the citation records of 26 physicists discussing various suggestions, in particular A, e, f, g, h(2), hw, hT, ħ, m, π, R, s, t, w, and maxprod. The total number of all and of all cited publications as well as the highest and the average number of citations are also compared. Advantages and disadvantages of these indices and indicators are discussed. Correlation coefficients are determined quantifying which indices and indicators yield similar and which yield more deviating rankings of the 26 datasets. For 6 datasets the determination of the indices and indicators is visualized.

    2. Breakdown of Casimir invariance in curved space-time (pages 555–573)

      D. Singh and N. Mobed

      Article first published online: 11 JUN 2010 | DOI: 10.1002/andp.201010456

      It is shown that the commonly accepted definition for the Casimir scalar operators of the Poincaré group does not satisfy the properties of Casimir invariance when applied to the non-inertial motion of particles while in the presence of external gravitational and electromagnetic fields, where general curvilinear co-ordinates are used to describe the momentum generators within a Fermi normal co-ordinate framework. Specific expressions of the Casimir scalar properties are presented. While the Casimir scalar for linear momentum remains Lorentz invariant in the absence of external fields, this is no longer true for the spin Casimir scalar. Potential implications are considered for the propagation of photons, gravitons, and gravitinos as described by the spin-3/2 Rarita-Schwinger vector-spinor field. In particular, it is shown that non-inertial motion introduces a frame-based effective mass to the spin interaction, with interesting physical consequences that are explored in detail.

    3. The studies on the motion of the sine-Gordon kink on a curved surface (pages 574–583)

      T. Dobrowolski

      Article first published online: 22 JUN 2010 | DOI: 10.1002/andp.201000048

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      The numerical studies of the kink motion on a curved manifold were performed. Examples of the curved surfaces are considered in detail. Enlarging the kink width in curved regions of the surface and reduction of its speed is confirmed. Reflection of the kink front from the large curvature areas is observed. The influence of the curvature on the speed of the Vachaspati waves is also observed.

    4. Quasi-particle peak due to magnetic order in strongly correlated electron systems (pages 584–593)

      T.A. Zaleski and T.K. Kopeć

      Article first published online: 15 JUN 2010 | DOI: 10.1002/andp.201000030

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      The authors study the electron spectral function of the antiferromagnetically ordered phase of the three dimensional Hubbard model, using recently formulated low-energy theory based on the 2D half-filled Hubbard model which describes both collective spin and charge fluctuations for arbitrary value of the Coulomb repulsion U. The model then is solved by a saddle-point approximation within the CP1 representation for the Neel field. …

    5. Electronic structure of BaFe2As2 as obtained from DFT/ASW first-principles calculations (pages 594–600)

      U. Schwingenschlögl and C. Di Paola

      Article first published online: 2 JUL 2010 | DOI: 10.1002/andp.201000070

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      Ab-initio calculations based on the augmented spherical wave method within density functional theory are used to study the magnetic ordering and Fermi surface of BaFe2As2, the parent compound of the hole-doped iron pnictide superconductors (K,Ba)Fe2As2, for the tetragonal I4/mmm as well as the orthorhombic Fmmm structure. In comparison to full potential linear augmented plane wave calculations, significantly smaller magnetic energies are obtained. …

  4. Historical Article

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    2. Cover Picture
    3. Contents
    4. Original Papers
    5. Historical Article
    6. Book Review
    1. The eastward displacement of a freely falling body on the rotating Earth: Newton and Hooke's debate of 1679 (pages 601–607)

      W. Dittrich

      Article first published online: 2 JUL 2010 | DOI: 10.1002/andp.201010457

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      In this article the author tells the story of the beginning of modern theoretical physics, freed from all kinds of questionable anecdotes which have entered the scientific literature over the centuries. It all began in the seventeenth century when the mathematical theory of astronomy began to take shape. A major step in the history of modern science was taken when a few members of The Royal Society in London realized that the laws ruling the motions of heavenly bodies as manifested in Kepler's three laws are also effective in the dynamics of Earth-bound particle motion. Everything started, not with I. Newton, but with R. Hooke. Not Newton's falling apple (Voltaire's invention), but a far-reaching response by R. Hooke to a letter by I. Newton, dated November 28, 1679, ignited Newton's interest in gravity. That letter contained the famous spiral which a falling body would follow when released from a certain height above the surface of the Earth. …

  5. Book Review

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    5. Historical Article
    6. Book Review

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