The conserved quantity arising from a rotational invariance. Combine with rotational-dynamics for the classical mechanics approach and quantum-mechanics for the QM interpretation

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Klein-Gordon Field Angular Momentum Operator in Terms of Creation and Annihilation Operators

I am computing the angular momentum operator for real Klein-Gordon field (essentially question six of here (though please note this is not a homework question, I am following through Tong's course via ...
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Does a Buckyball spin like an electron or like a baseball?

Does a Buckyball spin like an electron or like a baseball? We are often told that an electron does not really spin like a baseball. Only one (or two, if you count up and down) spin states, for ...
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To what depth can a whirlpool descend?

My question is based around comparing the physics of a tornado against, what I imagine/assume to be the marine equivalent of a tornado, that is a whirlpool located either at sea, in a tidal region or ...
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Commutation between Dirac hamiltonian and angular momentum

In reading about angular momentum and spin, I came across a derivation showing that the Dirac Hamiltonian does not commute with orbital angular momentum, and hence L is not conserved. What is it about ...
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Intuitive interpretation of angular momentum in a macroscopic system

My professor defined the angular momentum operators in quantum mechanics as the infinitesimal rotations in the Hilbert space of quantum states. I'm looking for a qualitative, intuitive explanation of ...
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Sequential Stern-Gerlach devices - realizable experiment or teaching aid?

At least one textbook [1] uses sequential Stern-Gerlach devices to introduce to students that the components of angular momentum are incompatible observables. Viz., the $z$-up beam from a SG device ...
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Eigenspaces of angular momentum operator and its square (Casimir operator)

The casimir operator $\textbf{L}^2$ commutates with the elements $L_i$ of the angular momentum operator $\textbf{L}$: $$ [\textbf{L}^2, L_i] = 0. $$ However, the $L_i$ do not commutate among ...
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Why isn't angular velocity the moment of velocity if angular momentum is moment of momentum? [closed]

Angular momentum can be defined as $L$ = $\textbf{r}$ x $m\textbf{v}$. Why is angular velocity $\omega$ then not $\textbf{r}$ x $\textbf{v}$, but instead $v = \omega \times \textbf{r}$?
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$L_y$ in terms of $L_+$ and $L_-$? [closed]

On the 5th slide of http://web.ift.uib.no/~lipniack/phys201_v08/angularmomentum.pdf, they say that: $$L_y=\frac{i}{2}(L_+-L-)$$ And this is not the only place I have seen this ...
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Stand on a black hole

Is there an theoretical possibility that an black hole rotates so fast that the acceleration pushing you out of the black hole is nearly equal to the gravity?
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Rotating object influence on space time [closed]

We know that an object with a big mass curls the space time, but if an object starts rotating, so the experienced gravity reduces, will this make the space time curl less?
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Time-reversal procedure for spin

What's the physical reason/explanation for the fact when time is reversed then, in addition to momentum of fermion, spin is also reversed?
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Conservation of Energy vs Conservation of Momentum in Rotational Dynamics

It is clear to me why angular momentum is always conserved, and how in some cases energy is not necessarily conserved within the system (in those cases where bodies deform, or friction is involved). ...
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Why is the tilt of Earth in sync with an orbit around the Sun?

Is there any physical reason the changing tilt of Earth (which gives rise to our seasons: Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter) is in sync with an orbit of the Sun (i.e. one year)? It can't just be ...
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Resultant center of rotation due to multiple moments

Say, there are multiple moments (M1, M2, M3) acting on a body (of irregular shape) at points P1, P2, P3 respectively. The body is free to rotate about any point. Now, which resultant center (the ...
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Relativistic rotational squeezing?

I would like to consider a sphere rotating at very high angular speeds, such that the speed in its equator would be relativistic. This is very similar to Ehrenfest paradox situation, except that ...
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Angular momentum of satellite including momentum wheel

I have consulted textbooks, online sources and professionals (including spacecraft experts, dynamics lectures and mechanical engineers) without a consensus to the answer to this question. I am ...
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Find the expression of $j_+$ and $j_-$operators [closed]

I have just started to do exercises about quantum mechanics and I have some difficulties. I have a particle with spin $j=1$ and the Hamiltonian is $H=\gamma(j_xj_y+j_y j_x)$ (where $\gamma$ is a ...
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Advent of our solar system

When the solar system was born why did Sun not consume all the planets by its immense gravity, as the planets were all gases, so it would have been very easy?
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trace of spherical components of an angular momentum multiplet

My basic mathematical question is whether or not there exist selection rules regarding the traces of the spherical tensor components of some operator acting on some subspace of definite total angular ...
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Force needed to deflect a gyro

Although all related articles (and also question/answers here) say that a gyro resists any attempt to change its plane of rotation, I haven't been able to find the formula/ rule that specifies the ...
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Why don't things balance after they stop spinning?

When I spin a penny, I spin it on its "edge" (circumference). So why is it that when the penny inevitably stops spinning, it never comes to rest on its edge, instead falling onto one of its faces? It ...
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How is angular momentum conserved?

A uniform vertical turntable (mass M and radius R center O) is at rest on the xy plane and is mounted on a frictionless axle, which lies along the vertical z axis. I throw a lump of putty mass m with ...
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Can we reduce a hurricane's power using wind turbines?

Below is the abstract of an article in Nature: Taming hurricanes with arrays of offshore wind turbines, describing computer simulations that indicate that wind turbines could disrupt a hurricane ...
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What makes us twist in a somersault?

In a backwards straight somersault you can decide whether you twist early or late. Twisting early means, that you induce the twisting movement before you rotatation hits 180° and twisting late means, ...
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What stops giant cruise ships toppling over in rough seas?

A week ago, 2 of the most gigantic cruise ships in the world docked near my city. If you have seen one, or been on one, you will know how large they are. They look extremely unsafe to me, although ...
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Why does earth spin counter-clockwise?

If we observe the earth from the north pole, we can see that the earth is rotating counter clock wise direction. The earth spins due to angular momentum, but why only in counter clock wise. Why ...
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Total orbital and spin angular momentum for a closed shell

I read one Phys.SE question similar to mine, in Total angular momentum in a full shell but the question was so confusing and vague. The answer, though, was helpful for me to understand a part of my ...
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How can an infinitesimally small object rotate?

How is it possible for an object like a black hole or electron to spin since they are made up of no other components? If my understanding is correct, an electron is an elementary particle which means ...
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What variable is the conjugate momentum for angular momentum?

From the definition of conjugate momentum for a generalized coordinate we get that the conjugate for angular momentum should be proportonal to its integral with respect to time. According to my ...
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How easily can the Earth flip?

The recent media attention to sunspot activity (however warranted) reminds me of a question I had long ago. Given the angular momentum and the slight 'wobble' of the earth, and remembering the ...
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What will be the affect of Global Warming if Polar Ice melts? [duplicate]

Due to global warming, all the polar ice melts & sea level increases, with increase in humidity. Angular momentum of ice at pole is, very low. Due to shift of water, from pole to equator, it's ...
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Why does angular momentum change only its direction and not its value (module) in the case of a spinning top?

I have a doubt, I hope you can help me. In the case of a spinning top precessing around the $y$-axis, there's a torque $\vec \tau$ which comes from the weight of the toy. This torque is perpendicular ...
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Angular Momentum Operators - Commutation Relations

I was going over past PGRE exam questions, and came across this one. The components for the angular momentum operator $\mathbf{L}=(L_x,L_y,L_z)$ satisfy the following commutation relations. ...
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If 1% of total water in earth evaporates to the atmosphere due to Global Warming, what will happen? [closed]

My views Atmospheric volume increases. Mesosphere's temperature will increase. Resulting no rainfall. Some H2O molecules will escape to the space. Rotation of Earth will slow down, resulting the ...
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Negative sign in rotation operator again

In Wikipedia's page on the rotation operator, section "In relation to the orbital angular momentum", they write $$ R(z,t) = exp((-i/h) \varphi L_z) $$ where $\varphi$ is the angle being rotated ...
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Free rotation of a rigid body

So I am currently reading Fowles and Cassidy and there is something I'm confused about in the section about geometric description of free rotation of a rigid body. I will present the stuff first that ...
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Drag in low earth orbit

So I'm looking at the following problem; Arrow type configuration in orbit. Each end of the arrow has a mass and a cross sectional area (we can assume the head and tail are connected by a ...
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Generalization of torque and angular momentum

Question: in the simple equations $\tau = r \times f$ and $L = r \times p$, what is the origin of the vector $r$? In many textbook discussions on rotation of a rigid body about a fixed axis, $r$ is ...
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Larmor Precession - What does precession actually means?

Larmor Precession - What does precession actually means? Is it change in the orientation of the axis with which electron revolves around the orbit or what. But, shouldn't the radius of the orbit ...
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Why is only one quantity of angular momentum i.e. $L_z$ quantized & not $L_x$ & $L_y$?

This is quoted from Arthur Beiser's Concepts of Modern Physics: Why is only one quantity of $\mathbf{L}$ quantized? The answer is related to the fact that $\mathbf{L}$ can never point in any ...
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Why can't the angular momentum vector be parallel or anti-parallel to the applied magnetic field?

This is the excerpt from my book, Arthur Beiser's Concepts of Modern Physics: An atom with a certain value of $\displaystyle{m_l}$ will assume the corresponding orientation of its angular ...
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Using rotation matrix for spin to write x oriented spin in z-spin basis

$\newcommand{\ket}[1]{\left| #1 \right>}$The problem is to write the ket vector for a particle with spin +1/2 along the x axis, in terms of the standard basis vectors $\ket{+1/2}$ and $\ket{-1/2}$ ...
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How is angular momentum conserved in this proton+water scenario?

Consider a universe consisting of only one water molecule and one proton. ...
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If I start spinning a raw egg slowly why does its angular velocity increase spontaneously?

If I start spinning a raw egg very slowly in place, why does its angular velocity increase spontaneously? This is something I noticed the other day while cooking. It doesn't do the same thing with a ...
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Schaum explication of eigenvectors of Lz

In Schaum's Quantum Mechanics, in Chapter 6 Angular Momentum, they say "the eigenvectors of $L^2$ and $L_z$ are functions that depend on the angles $\theta$ and $\phi$ only; hence, we can represent ...
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Combining moments of Inertia in gear chain

I've got two objects connected by a rod along it's axis of rotation (e.g. a sphere on top of a flat cylinder rotating around it's symmetric axis). Assuming the effects of the rod are negligible, is ...
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Operator in Hilbert space of a spin

I'm studying quantum mechanics with Shankar's "Principles of Quantum Mechanics" 2nd edition. I'm afraid that it might be a boring question but I can't understand the following statement (389p): We ...
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What is this nested bracket notation?

The following is an excerpt from K. Varga's paper, Precise solution of few-body problems with stochastic variational method on correlated Gaussian basis: ...The function $θ_{LM_L}(\mathbf{x})$ in ...