Condensed Matter Physics, 2002, vol. 5, No. 1(29), p. 3-4, English

Author(s): Ch. von Ferber (Theoretische Polymerphysik, Universit\"{a}t Freiburg, D-79104 Freiburg, Germany), Yu.Holovatch (Institute for Condensed Matter Physics of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, 1 Svientsitskii Str., 79011 Lviv, Ukraine; Ivan Franko National University of Lviv, 79005 Lviv, Ukraine)

It is our great pleasure to present a collection of papers devoted to theoretical, numerical, and experimental studies in the field of star polymers. Since its introduction in the early 80-ies, this field has attracted increasing interest and has become an important part of contemporary polymer physics. While research papers in this field appear regularly in different physical and chemical journals, the present collection is an attempt to join together the studies of star polymers showing the variety of techniques that have been developed to establish a sound understanding of their properties.

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