The conditions on the edges of a domain when solving ordinary or partial differential equations.

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Is the principle of least action a boundary value or initial condition problem?

Here is a question that's been bothering me since I was a sophomore in university, and should have probably asked before graduating: In analytic (Lagrangian) mechanics, the derivation of the ...
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Phase shift of 180 degrees on reflection from optically denser medium

Can anyone please provide an intuitive explanation of why phase shift of 180 degrees occurs in the Electric Field of a EM wave,when reflected from an optically denser medium? I tried searching for it ...
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Asymptotic symmetry algebra

So after a lot of research, and tons and tons of papers that I've went through, I finally have some idea how to solve the equations that will give me candidates for the asymptotic symmetry group for ...
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When “unphysical” solutions are not actually unphysical

When solving problems in physics, one often finds, and ignores, "unphysical" solutions. For example, when solving for the velocity and time taken to fall a distance h (from rest) under earth gravity: ...
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Effect of boundary conditions on partition functions

While computing partition functions in statistical mechanics models (say) on a 2d lattice one usually makes use of "circular boundary conditions" which thus gives the lattice topology of a torus. It ...
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Quantum Field Theory: why fields are equal to zero on the boundary?

One of the first assumptions, when introducing the Lagrangian and Hamiltonian in an undergraduate course on QFT is $$ \phi(x)=0\,\text{on the boundary} $$ and this is widely used in many situations ...
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Physical interpretation of different boundary conditions for heat equation

When solving the heat equation, $$ \partial_t u -\Delta u = f \text{ on } \Omega $$ what physical situations are represented by the following boundary conditions (on $\partial \Omega$)? $u=g$ ...
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Einstein's equations as a Dirichlet boundary problem

Can Einstein's equations in vacuum $R_{ab} - \frac{1}{2}Rg_{ab} + \Lambda g_{ab}= 0$ be treated as a Dirichlet problem? I am thinking of something along those lines: Consider a compact manifold $M$ ...
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Diffeomorphisms and boundary conditions

I am trying to find out how did the authors in this paper (arXiv:0809.4266) found out the general form of the diffeomorphism which preserve the boundary conditions in the same paper. I found this ...
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Do spacelike junctions in the Thin-Shell Formalism imply energy nonconservation and counterintuitive wormholes?

The Thin Shell Formalism (MTW 1973 p.551ff) is used to properly paste together different vacuum solutions to the Einstein equations. At the junction of the two solutions is a hypersurface of matter – ...
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Curvature and edge state

If the boundary of quantum hall fluid has non-constant curvature, how will it affect the edge state which is usually described in chiral Luttinger fluid?
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What do we know of superconductivity in thin layers?

motivated by another question, i wonder if there are special properties of superconductivity when restricted on 2D or very thin layers related to the effective permittivity in function of the ...
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Help with the understanding of boundary conditions on $AdS_3$

So I am trying to reproduce results in this article, precisely the 3rd chapter 'Virasoro algebra for AdS$_3$'. I have the metric in this form: ...
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Boundary conditions for fields in Kerr/CFT

I am reading a paper by Guica et al. on Kerr/CFT correspondence (arXiv:0809.4266) and I'm not sure if I got this. They choose the boundary conditions, like a deviation of the full metric from the ...
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Comparison of 1D and 3D wave functions

When discussing the Schroedinger equation in spherical coordinates, it is standard practice in QM handbooks to point out that the radial part of the 3-dimensional wave equation bears a strong analogy ...
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Solving the differential equation of a beam under moving load using green functions

i started working on this paper and i didnt understand one part of it , the problem is : Solve this equation using green functions : $$ EI {\partial^4 y(x,t)\over\partial x^4}+\mu ...
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Maxwell equation boundary conditions on a conducting sheet

I'm having difficulties solving boundary conditions for an infinitely thin conducting layer in a presence of an alternating field. I use the Maxwell equations: $\nabla \cdot \mathbf B = 0$ $\nabla ...
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Boundary conditions on current carrying wire

I'm trying to simulate by finite elements method Maxwell equations for a current carrying wire. My 3d geometry consists of a cylinder and a box containing it. I will use a mixed formulation and ...
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Infinite Wells and Delta Functions

In considering a delta potential barrier in an infinite well, I can just enforce continuity at the potential barrier-it doesn't have to go to zero. Why then does it need to go to zero at the walls of ...
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Boundary conditions on wave equation

I am having trouble understanding the boundary conditions. From the solutions, the first is that $D_1(0, t) = D_2(0, t)$ because the rope can't break at the junction. The second is that ...
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The appearance of volume $V$ in the Fourier series representation of a periodic cubic system

In the textbook Understanding Molecular Simulation by Frenkel and Smit (Second Edition), the authors represent a function $f(\textbf{r})$ (which depends on the coordinates of a periodic system) as a ...
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Is the momentum operator well-defined in the basis of standing waves?

Suppose I want to describe an arbitrary state of a quantum particle in a box of side $L$. The relevant eigenmodes are those of standing waves, namely $$ \left<x|n\right>=\sqrt{\frac{2}{L}}\cdot ...
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How does Bloch's theorem generalize to a finite sized crystal?

I would be fine with a one dimensional lattice for the purpose of answering this question. I am trying to figure out what more general theorem (if any) gives Bloch's theorem as the number of unit ...
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What's the difference between “boundary value problems” and “initial value problems”?

Mathematically speaking, is there any essential difference between initial value problems and boundary value problems? The specification of the values of a function $f$ and the "velocities" ...
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Neumann boundary condition and the open string

In string theory, If an open string obeys the Neumann boundary condition, then in the static gauge, one can show that the end points move at the speed of light. The derivation is straightforward, but ...
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Boundary conditions for crystals

As students on solid state physics, we are all taught to use the periodic boundary condition, taking 1D as an example: $\psi(x)=\psi(x+L)$ where $L$ is the length of the 1D crystal. My question is: ...
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Why are holomorphic boundary CFT2 primary operators massless in the AdS3 bulk?

I saw a claim in this paper that holomorphic boundary CFT$_2$ primary operators correspond to massless states in the AdS$_3$ bulk. Specifically, As always, we simplify the situation by assuming ...
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Is the system of equations of electrostatics underdetermined or overdetermined? [duplicate]

The following equations are equations of electrostatics: $$\nabla \times \vec E=0$$ $$\nabla\cdot\vec E=\dfrac{\rho}{\epsilon_0}.$$ These are 4 independent equations, while $\vec E$ has only 3 ...
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Quantization and natural boundary conditions

The Euler-Lagrange equations follow from minimizing the action. Usually this is done with fixed (e.g. vanishing) boundary conditions such that we do not have to worry about any boundary terms. ...
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Dirichlet and Neumann Boundary condition: physical example

Can anybody tell me some practical/physical example where we use Dirichlet and Neumann Boundary condition. Is it possible to use both conditions together at the same region? If we have a cylindrical ...
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How many kinds of topological degeneracy are there?

Here I want to summarize the various kinds of topological ground-state degeneracy in condensed matter physics and want to know whether there exists any other kind of topological degeneracy. For ...
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Greens function in EM with boundary conditions confusion

So I thought I was understanding Green's functions, but now I am unsure. I'll start by explaining (briefly) what I think I know then ask the question. Background Greens are a way of solving ...
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What restrictions on time boundary conditions does it have to use Fourier transform to solve wave equation?

The wave equation can be solved using Fourier transform, by assuming a solution of the form of $$\mathbf{E}(x,y,z,t)~=~\mathbf{E}(x,y,z)e^{j\omega t}$$ and then reducing the equation to the Helmholtz ...
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periodic boundary conditions for vortex in a square lattice

I am trying to follow this paper and track the dynamics of vortex motion on a discrete (square) lattice. The idea is to simulate the time evolution of the Gross-Pitaevskii (GP) equation, which reads ...
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Can we impose a boundary condition on the derivative of the wavefunction through the physical assumptions?

Consider the Schrödinger equation for a particle in one dimension, where we have at least one boundary in the system (say the boundary is at $x=0$ and we are solving for $x>0$). Sometimes we want ...
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Do Neveu-Schwarz conditions make sense?

When putting fermions on the string, we have to choose boundary conditions for our spinor fields - Ramond or Neveu-Schwarz. NS conditions on the closed string have antiperiodic conditions such as ...
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How to deal with conflicting “no-slip” Navier-Stokes boundary value constraints?

The no-slip boundary value constraint for Navier-Stokes solutions was explained in my fluid dynamics class as a requirement to match velocities at the interfaces. Now that my class is done, I've been ...
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Solving the 1-d time-independent Schroedinger's equation with an infinite boundary

In my introductory modern physics class we have examined time-independent solutions to the Schrödinger equation in 1 dimension. We looked at a few cases without finite boundary, e.g., free particles ...
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Getting diffeomorphisms from boundary conditions in $AdS_3$

As usual I'm asking a question about boundary conditions for AdS${}_3$, based on the thesis by Porfyriadis. He is solving equations $\mathcal{L}_\xi g_{\mu\nu}$ for AdS${}_3$ metric, with a given ...
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Finding superpotentials and central charges in $AdS_3$

In text "Covariant theory of asymptotic symmetries, conservation laws and central charges" is given an example of finding central charges and superpotential (among other things). I am interested in ...
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Behavior of the electric field on boundary surfaces

Consider this picture. Integrating over this infinitesimal box gives the following equivalencies: $$\int_{\Delta V} d^3r~{\rm div} \vec{E}(\vec{r}) = \int_{S(\Delta V)} d\vec{f} \cdot ...
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Boundary conditions for Laplace's equation

Given a grounded conducting sphere, $V=0$ and $radius = R$, centered at the origin with a pure electric dipole (dipole moment $\vec p$) situated at the origin and pointing along the positive $z$ axis, ...
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Transparent boundary condition [closed]

I am interested in the finite-difference beam propagation method and its applications. I try to solve the Helmholtz equation. At first, i would like to solve numerically it for the easiest case, ...
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An Electric Potential Glued to a Cubic Insulator to Replicate a Point Charge: Charge Distribution

I have been going back over this problem with a friend for the better part of a day: A potential is glued to a cube insulator so that outside of the insulator the field is the same as a point ...
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Does a four-divergence extra term in a Lagrangian density matter to the field equations?

Greiner in his book "Field Quantization" page 173, eq.(7.11) did this calculation: ${\mathcal L}^\prime=-\frac{1}{2}\partial_\mu A_\nu\partial^\mu A^\nu+\frac{1}{2}\partial_\mu A_\nu\partial^\nu ...
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Boundary Condition for Perfect Conductor in Uniform Magnetic Field

When I was studying the perfect conductor scattering (Section 10.1) in Jackson's book, I was confused by the calculation for magnetic dipole induced by the incident wave. He simply said like "set the ...
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Interface condition for heat exchange

I would like to compute the heat distribution of a piece of metal with some surrounding material. The heat is assumed to propagate by diffusion, so inside the metal piece and also on the outside, the ...
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How do I simulate a constant velocity flow in porous media

I am modelling gas combustion in porous media. Most contemporary models assume that the pressure drop from the porous media is small enough to disregard, but I want to include that in my ...
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Can someone explain probability flux in the tunneling boundary condition of Vilenkin?

This is what's leading to the notion of a quantum universe tunneling from nothing into existence, right? The idea is that probability flux flows out of superspace (configuration space) at ...
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Complex Versus Real Wave Velocities in Quantum Mechanics

There's a fantastic quote in Schrodinger's second 1926 paper1 that apparently provides some motivation for the discrete energy levels (I think) that I'm having trouble interpreting: I would not ...