Special Issue "The Fundamental Role of Precision Atomic–Physics Measurements in Modern Science"

A special issue of Atoms (ISSN 2218-2004).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Ulrich D. Jentschura
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Guest Editor
Department of Physics, Missouri University of Science and Technology, Rolla, MO 65409, USA
Interests: quantum field theory and atomic systems; relativistic quantum dynamic processes in high-power laser fields; novel states of the light field (twisted photons); computational physics and related algorithms; renormalization group and critical phenomena; general relativity and relativistic quantum mechanics
Dr. Alexander Kramida
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Guest Editor
Atomic Spectroscopy Group, Physical Measurement Laboratory, Quantum Measurement Division, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, 20899-8422, USA
Interests: atomic spectroscopy—critical evaluation of experimental and theoretical data on energy structure and radiative transitions in atoms and atomic ions; atomic spectroscopy databases
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Atomic physics is presently the most precise science available to humankind. We all know that the time standard is presently defined by an atomic transition, which became possible as a result of high-precision measurements. Further improvement of experimental precision, which is now entangled with high-precision theory, may lead to breakthroughs in our understanding of fundamental principles of nature, e.g., answer the question of whether fundamental constants are really constant in time, provide insights into existence of hitherto undiscovered new forces, tackle the properties of dark matter, and shed light on the evolution of our Universe. Precise measurements may also open new avenues in technology and applied sciences, e.g., atomic clocks can be used in geodesy and improve precision of GPS, while precise measurements of some atomic systems may help to develop quantum computers.

This Special Issue will include original and review papers on high-precision atomic measurements and related theory with a focus on inter-science connections, prospects of new applications, and description of the most important problems in the way of improvement of precision. Aspects of nuclear, molecular and optical physics directly related to atomic physics may also be discussed in the submitted articles but should not be the main topic, which should be atomic physics.

Prof. Dr. Ulrich D. Jentschura
Dr. Alexander Kramida
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Atoms is an international peer-reviewed open access quarterly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1400 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • atomic structure
  • frequency measurement
  • atomic clocks
  • nuclear clocks
  • transition rates
  • variation of fundamental constants
  • new forces of nature

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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