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Dynamic equations for propagation of light through dust

For smoothly inhomogeneous media light propagation can be modeled by Maxwell's equations with non-constant $\varepsilon$ and $\mu$. This allows to relatively easily model propagation in the medium ...
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Energy Flux due to Diffusion

Per the Fundamental Thermodynamic Relation, I know that the chemical potential of $i$ represents the energy which would added to a system if a particle of $i$ were added with all other system ...
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What is the physical meaning of diffusion coefficient?

In Fick's first law, the diffusion coefficient is velocity, but I do not understand the two-dimensional concept of this velocity. Imagine that solutes are diffusing from one side of a tube to another ...
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Spin drift velocity?

I am currently reading this Phys Rev paper by H C Torrey. In this paper, he derives the Bloch equations with an additional diffusion term. He says that the current density is given by $$\mathbf ...
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Time for a particle undergoing brownian motion to reach a point in a volume

I was wondering how one could calculate the average time a particle needs to reach a random point in a small sphere (filled by water) with a radius of maybe $10 \mu m$. I thought of using the ...
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How does a minority carrier diffuse?

I have gone through a lot of questions but none of them ask how do the minority carriers approach the depletion layer in the first place. When a p-n junction is formed, negative space charge ...
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Can diffusion produce energy?

A friend and I recently got into a silly argument where I stated pure diffusion can't produce energy since diffusion are a part of passive transport. He stated if we If we have tinny ...
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Rate of Temperature Change due to Heat addition

I might be wrong but I will give a little background leading to my question. I am trying to calculate the heat generation in the advection-diffusion equation for heat generation due to friction by ...
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Everyday example of diffusion unobscured by advection, wetting etc

Diffusion is an important concept in elementary science education, especially because it supports (or seems to support) the notion of matter consisting of very small everyday particles (as opposed to ...
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Heat diffusion: evanescent waves?

It has been recently pointed out to me that the solution of the heat equation in a semi-infinite material with an oscillating boundary condition at the surface is not an evanescent wave. The argument ...
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Does water diffuse trough rubber of car tire of when liquid or only as gas

Does Water difuse trough rubber of car tire when its liquid or only when its a gas. Can also be that is diffuses but slower when liqiud. I want to know this for my argumentation that filling car tire ...
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Schrödinger equation derivation and Diffusion equation

I am aware of the debate on whether Schrödinger equation was derived or motivated. However, I have not seen this one that I describe below. Wonder if it could be relevant. If not historically but for ...
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Why is it valid to assume that the liquid-vapour interface is always saturated during evaporation?

For steady state evaporation, I read from two textbooks which simply states that the partial pressure of vapour of interest (say water) at the liquid-vapour interface is equal to the saturation ...
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Is phase defined for species undergoing diffusion?

If we have a gas diffusing through say a solid metal, or gas diffusing into a liquid, what phase is the diffusing molecules considered to be in (or is it even possible to define this)? Is it possible ...
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Conventional flux in centrifuge?

The molecules sediment in centrifuge, which is rotating with angular velocity $\omega$. The chemical potential of molecule (considering potential associated with centrifuge force) is: ...
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Thermal healing of defects in crystals

Thermal treatment can heal point defects due to the diffusion of atoms towards empty points. In a solid crystal structure, atoms do not diffuse at room temperature (correct?) Energy of thermal ...
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Diffusion of particles

If $n(\vec{r},t)$ is the number of particles per unit volume and $V$ the volume, then $N = nV $is the number of particles in volume $V$ For a small volume, it should be $dN = d(nV) = Vdn + ndV$ But ...
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How big are soluted salts in drinking water?

I have just seen the TED talk Michael Pritchard: How to make filthy water drinkable where a device called LifeSaver bottle that filters particles that are bigger than 15nm out of water. I have heard ...
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Understanding the mean square displacement in molecular dynamics

In a Molecular Dynamics (MD) simulation, the mean square displacement $\text{MSD}$ is given by $$\text{MSD}(\delta t) = \left\langle\left|\vec{r}(\delta t)-\vec{r}(0)\right|^2\right\rangle,$$ where ...
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How do I set up the tridiagonal matrix for a heat diffusion with layers of different thermal diffusivity?

I have Scala code that recreates the Crank-Nicolson solutions for the diffusion equations, and matches 'Excel for Scientists and Engineers' (Joe Billo, Wiley). However, I would like to be able to ...
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Temperature dependence for specific thermal diffusivity in the diffusion formula

I recently found this answer about the diffusion equation (nice one actually), but have one doubt about the temperature dependence of this formula. If the "packet" of energy (terminology suggested ...
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Surviving under water in air bubble

An incredible news story today is about a man who survived for two days at the bottom of the sea (~30 m deep) in a capsized boat, in an air bubble that formed in a corner of the boat. He was ...
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Characteristic length for the diffusion equation (temperature)

The background: I'm doing some simulation work involving the diffusion equation in 1D. Specifically I have some temperature profile, constant thermal conductivity and fixed temperature at each end of ...
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Why viscosity is diffusive?

I'm studying fluid mechanics in more depth during my Ph. D. and there is something related with the diffusive term that has been bothering me for a long time. Looking at the convection diffusion ...
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Green's function for moving solidification front

Consider a liquid solid interface $z =\zeta(x,t)$ moving at constant speed $v$, for a two dimensional problem. Due to solidification interface is changing it position. For simplicity heat ...
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Where I can find information about how helium gas diffuses through different polymer materials

I need more experimental information about helium gas diffusion in solid materials such as different plastics, metals, ceramics etc. For example I am scientifically curious about what is the polymer ...
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Diffusion in the standard map

Consider the standard map (also known as Chirikov map): $$ p_{n+1} = p_n + K \sin(\theta_n) \\ \theta_{n+1} = \theta_n + p_{n+1} $$ I know that the diffusion coefficient according to the ...
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Does QED provide a closed form for Coulomb logarithms?

The classical models for the integrand as well as the cut-offs in computing the Coulomb logarithm are pretty rough. Does quantum electrodynamics have definite expressions for the quantity ...
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Validity of a steady state solution of reaction-diffusion equation

I am performing a simulation involving growth of bacteria. This is an agent-based simulation where the solutes (glucose, oxygen etc.) are represented as a concentration field discretised over space, ...
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1D Smoluchowski diffusion equation in a linear potential

I am interested in solving a 1D Smoluchowski diffusion equation in a linear potential $U(x) = cx$ for a constant force $c$. This problem follows chapter 4 of the theoretical biophysics script by ...
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optical diffusion (scattering) versus refraction

When an electromagnetic wave meets an interface a part of it is reflected and part of it is refracted (and from the refractive index I can calculate the angles of propagation and the intensities using ...
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Simple question regarding the Green's function for the diffusion equation

The differential operator for diffusion in three dimensions is given by $\partial_t - k \nabla^2$ where $k$ is a constant. The Green's function is (according to Wikipedia) $$\theta(t)\left( ...
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Convective and Diffusive terms in Navier Stokes Equations

My question has 2 parts: I just followed the derivation of Navier Stokes (for Control Volume CFD analysis) and was able to understand most parts. However, the book I use (by Versteeg) does not ...
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A simple osmosis problem

The following is adapted from a problematic question* asked on the Bio site. I would like to ask it free of those distractions here. If there is anything unduly artificial about the problem please ...
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Counting of brownian particles: Point Process

Imagine a point process defined by the passage time of purely brownian particles through a given point (in 1D), line (2D) or plane (3D). I'm interested in the variance of the counts (number of ...
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Do particle velocities in liquid follow the Maxwell-Boltzmann velocity distribution?

The Maxwell-Boltzmann velocity distribution arises from non-reactive elastic collisions of particles and is usually discussed in the context of the kinetic theory (for gases). There are various ...
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Gillespie's stochastic framework valid for particles in aqueous solution?

Gillespie proposed a stochastic framework for simulating chemical reactions which is predicated on non-reactive elastic collisions serving to 'uniformize' particle position so that the assumption of ...
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Units of the Stokes-Einstein rotational diffusion coefficient

The Stokes-Einstein rotational diffusion relation tells us that we can write down a rotational diffusion coefficient for a sphere as: $$D_r \approx \frac{k_B T}{\zeta_f} \approx \frac{k_B T}{(8 \pi ...
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Physical interpretation of the change of diffusion term in navier stokes equations

In the Navier-Stokes Equations, there is one term accounting for convective flow and one term for diffusive flow. At high flow rates, the diffusive term becomes much smaller compared to convective ...
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Boundary conditions for the heat equation when solving a mass density gradient

I'm working with a mass density gradient with length $L$ and I'm trying to solve the heat equation in 1-D (mass diffusion equation, $\partial_t\rho(t,x)=D\Delta\rho(t,x)$), but I'm not sure which ...
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First passage time of diffusing particle with partially absorbing boundary

Given the solution to the spatiotemporal evolution of a single particle on a 1-D surface $P(x,t)$ a nice result (that I gleaned elsewhere on physics.SE) is that for a boundary at $x=0$ where ...
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Deriving diffusion coefficients from velocity field?

If I know the velocity, $\mathbf{v}(\mathbf{r},t)$, everywhere, is it possible to determine the diffusion coefficient, $D(\mathbf{r},t)$ everywhere as well? Would it be possible from using Fick's ...
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Rate of probability loss from absorbing boundary

The following is the solution to the 1D diffusion equation with diffusion coefficient D, initial particle position $x_0$, and a perfectly absorbing boundary at $x=0$ (s.t. $P(x=0)=0$). $$ ...
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Interpretation of Einstein relation in kinetic theory

I am reviewing my (independent) study notes on diffusion and found the following comment preceding the derivation of the Einstein relation: Now, since the particles that deliver the stochastic ...
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What is the difference between dispersion and diffusion?

What is the difference between dispersion and diffusion? Currently I believe, that diffusion is the mixture of molecules due to Brownian motion. So I read everywhere, that it happens with magnitude of ...
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Textbook on Diffusion and Diffusion NMR Spectroscopy

I am looking for textbooks ( Mathematical / Theoretical Physics ) that cover diffusion in general. Although it is not necessary that your recommendation covers it, I am also particularly interested ...
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Diffussivity of gases, molecular weight and Lewis number

I am trying to understand the following figure of laminar premixed flames: The Lewis number is defined as $Le = \frac{\alpha_{mix}}{D_{fuel}}$ where $\alpha_{mix}$ is the thermal diffusivity of ...
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Can you equate the diffusivity constant in random walks with the one in Brownian motion (Einstein relation)?

In an unbiased random walk in one dimension, the coefficient of diffusion is $D = l^2/2\tau$, where $l$ is the size of the jump and $\tau$ is time taken for that jump. In simple Brownian motion, ...
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Determining The Coefficient of Viscosity and Diffusivity in an Estuary?

I am curious and eager to discuss about the experience of determining viscosity and diffusivity coefficient for our coastal or estuary model. I myself, just start to use the range of: ...
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Diffusion coefficient of a crystal

I've been trying to work this out so I can give a hand waving argument for one of the effects I'm observing on the fly and I find myself going down a rabbit hole that seems way too complicated for ...