Strongly Interacting Matter at Extreme Conditions—the Role of Symmetry Energy in Nuclear Physics and Astrophysics

A special issue of Symmetry (ISSN 2073-8994). This special issue belongs to the section "Physics".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2024 | Viewed by 94

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Odilon Lourenço
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Departamento de Física, Instituto Tecnológico de Aeronáutica, DCTA, São Jose dos Campos 12228-900, SP, Brazil
Interests: nuclear phenomenology; relativistic and non-relativistic hadron models; efficient QCD models; thermodynamics of phase transitions applied to hadrons and quarks; meson decay
CFisUC, Department of Physics, University of Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal
Interests: neutron stars; equation of state; relativistic mean field models; pasta phases; strong magnetic fields
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Prof. Dr. Mariana Dutra
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Departamento de Física, Instituto Tecnológico de Aeronáutica, DCTA, São Jose dos Campos 12228-900, SP, Brazil
Interests: hadronic and nuclear physics; applications in astrophysics

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Good knowledge of the equations of state (EoS) in nuclear physics is extremely important for understanding the nuclear force and related structures, as well as for astrophysics. In this context, modeling the properties of nuclear matter to find a universal density functional, which is in agreement with the most current observational data, is a major objective. For this purpose, it is known that symmetry energy plays a fundamental role. A better knowledge of this quantity is in order for both scenarios, namely, by using its definition as (i) given by the difference between the energy of pure neutron matter and the energy of symmetric matter or (ii) given by the second derivative of the energy per particle at zero isospin asymmetry. This Special Issue aims to reveal various aspects of EoS provided by relativistic and non-relativistic hadronic models, as well as QCD phenomenological ones applied to describe strongly interacting matter in extreme conditions of temperature and/or density such as neutron stars, hybrid, and quark stars, i.e., systems in which the symmetry energy is a key quantity.

Prof. Dr. Odilon Lourenço
Dr. Helena Sofia Pais
Prof. Dr. Mariana Dutra
Guest Editors

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  • equations of state
  • nuclear matter in extreme conditions
  • neutron stars
  • quark stars
  • hybrid stars
  • high-energy astrophysics
  • computational simulations
  • nuclear structure
  • magnetized stellar matter

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