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## The two-dimensional 4-state Potts model in a magnetic field

The contribution of electron–phonon scattering to conductivity of a quantum cylinder in a lon-gitudinal magnetic field has been studied. It has been shown that the conductivity of the nanotube undergoes Aharonov–Bohm oscillations with variations in the magnetic flux through the nanotube cross section. The formulas describing the temperature dependence of the resistance of the nanostructure both in the case of an isotropic phonon spectrum and with allowance for the effects of phonon confinement have been obtained in the analytical form.

In quiet low-latitude Earth's ionosphere, a rather developed current system that is responsible for the S_{q} magnetic-field variations is formed in quiet sunny days under the action of tidal streams. The density of the corresponding currents is maximal at the equatorial latitudes in the midday hours, where the so-called equatorial current jet is formed. In this work, we discuss the nature of the equatorial current jet. The original part of this paper is dedicated to the study of the value of its response to external effects. First of all, it is related to estimating the possibility of using the equatorial current jet for generating the low-frequency electromagnetic signals during periodic heating of the ionosphere by the heating-facility radiation. The equatorial current jet can also produce electrodynamic response to the natural atmospheric processes, e.g., an acoustic-gravitational wave.

A review of the current status of the theory of massive neutrino radiative decay is presented. We develop our previous studies and perform the detailed analysis of the process of radiative decay of a massive Dirac neutrino in an intense external magnetic field in the presence of medium. The probability of the mentioned above process is calculated. It is found out that the presence of a dense medium essentially increases the rate of decay as compared to the rate of decay in magnetic field. Possible astrophysical applications of the obtained results are considered.

A method based on the spectral analysis of thermowave oscillations formed under the effect of radiation of lasers operated in a periodic pulsed mode is developed for investigating the state of the interface of multilayered systems. The method is based on high sensitivity of the shape of the oscillating component of the pyrometric signal to adhesion characteristics of the phase interface. The shape of the signal is quantitatively estimated using the correlation coefficient (for a film–interface system) and the transfer function (for multilayered specimens).

Let k be a field of characteristic zero, let G be a connected reductive algebraic group over k and let g be its Lie algebra. Let k(G), respectively, k(g), be the field of k- rational functions on G, respectively, g. The conjugation action of G on itself induces the adjoint action of G on g. We investigate the question whether or not the field extensions k(G)/k(G)^G and k(g)/k(g)^G are purely transcendental. We show that the answer is the same for k(G)/k(G)^G and k(g)/k(g)^G, and reduce the problem to the case where G is simple. For simple groups we show that the answer is positive if G is split of type A_n or C_n, and negative for groups of other types, except possibly G_2. A key ingredient in the proof of the negative result is a recent formula for the unramified Brauer group of a homogeneous space with connected stabilizers. As a byproduct of our investigation we give an affirmative answer to a question of Grothendieck about the existence of a rational section of the categorical quotient morphism for the conjugating action of G on itself.

Let G be a connected semisimple algebraic group over an algebraically closed field k. In 1965 Steinberg proved that if G is simply connected, then in G there exists a closed irreducible cross-section of the set of closures of regular conjugacy classes. We prove that in arbitrary G such a cross-section exists if and only if the universal covering isogeny Ĝ → G is bijective; this answers Grothendieck's question cited in the epigraph. In particular, for char k = 0, the converse to Steinberg's theorem holds. The existence of a cross-section in G implies, at least for char k = 0, that the algebra k[G]G of class functions on G is generated by rk G elements. We describe, for arbitrary G, a minimal generating set of k[G]G and that of the representation ring of G and answer two Grothendieck's questions on constructing generating sets of k[G]G. We prove the existence of a rational (i.e., local) section of the quotient morphism for arbitrary G and the existence of a rational cross-section in G (for char k = 0, this has been proved earlier); this answers the other question cited in the epigraph. We also prove that the existence of a rational section is equivalent to the existence of a rational W-equivariant map T- - - >G/T where T is a maximal torus of G and W the Weyl group.