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What does the first column in the “decay modes” table mean (in Particle Data Group documents)?

As a follow-up to this more general question, what are the values in the first column of each of the "decay tables" in a PDG document describing? What are those things in the first column? Are they ...
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Riemann curvature tensor notation in Wald

This question is entirely on tensorial notation in Wald's General Relativity. When specifying the properties of the Riemann tensor on pg39, he states: $R_{[abc]}^{\quad \ \ \ d} = 0$ and For the ...
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$\exp(i\alpha\hat {\bf n}\cdot{\bf \sigma} )=\cos\alpha I+i(\hat {\bf n}\cdot{\bf \sigma})\sin\alpha$

Could anyone tell me $\hat {\bf n}\cdot{\bf \sigma}$ is defined in such way? In the book they have not defined what is $n_z,n_x,n_y$. It is from Quantum Computing: From Linear Algebra to Physical ...
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What does the notation $\Psi_k/(\Psi_k,\Psi_k)^{1/2} $ mean?

I am currently reading the paper "Gravitation and quantum mechanics for macroscopic objects" by F. Karolyhazy (1966). In his paper, he uses certain notation that I haven't come across before (he also ...
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When can I use $\wedge$ instead of curl?

It seems in some circles the wedge product is used in preference to curl. I have a basic understanding of Green and Stokes' formula, I wish to use the $\wedge$ notation from now on. Can someone tell ...
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Convention in physics for [],{} and operators (QM)

I got a little mixed up with the convention in physics. Usually a hat means an operator. For a given electron-ion Hamiltonian $\hat{H}_{e-n}$, what are the difference between these: 1) ...
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Using bra-ket notation?

Am I using Bra-ket notation correctly? I want to define a superposition of the states, $|0\rangle$ and $|1\rangle$. Is it simply? $|0\rangle + |1\rangle$ I can't find any non-technical information ...
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The states of the adjoint representation correspond to the generators

I understand the definition of the adjoint representation. It uses structure constants as matrix components of generators, but I can't understand meaning of the states $|X_{a}\rangle$. What does ...
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Is there a difference in handwritten nabla $\vec{\nabla}$ with an overset arrow and typeset nabla $\nabla$?

According to some physicist at KIT it is usual to write the following when using pen and paper: whereas in typeset texts you write $\nabla$. Is that true? Are there sources for this convention?
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Dot product of vector and its derivative with respect to time? How does $L \cdot\frac{dL}{dt} = \frac{1}{2}\frac{d(L^2)}{dt}$? [closed]

How does: $$L \cdot\frac{dL}{dt} = \frac{1}{2}\frac{d(L^2)}{dt}$$ where L is a vector (I dunno how to make it bold in the equation). How do they reach to this right hand side equation? And what is ...
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Unknown letter ℑ used in an equation

I need to write by hand the equation from the attached snapshot but I really don't know what letter is that seen in the front of square brackets [ . Can anyone help ...
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Is 'amp' a technically invalid term?

I've been told to use the term ampere in exams and class (I'm in high school), instead of amp as it's not a valid unit, although I've been using the amp for years along with all of my friends who do ...
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Understanding ket notation and the unitary matrix, what does a/the unitary matrix represent?

I am reading over this paper http://www.scottaaronson.com/thesis.pdf, specifically page 24 under "Quantum computing cheat sheet". The author is explaining ket notation and how it relates to ...
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A confusion about notation in Goldstein

On treating systems of particles, Goldstein starts with the consideration that whenever there are $k$ particles on a system, the $i$-th one obeys the relation $$\dfrac{d}{dt}{\bf p}_i = {\bf ...
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What is the meaning of $\%E$ on a graph?

I'm reading the book The New Science of Strong Materials by J.E. Gordon. He writes when we plotted (...) breaking strain, against thickness, we found it did not matter what the whiskers were made ...
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Notation in the book Symmetry by Hermann Weyl

I'm having troubles understanding a notation of the symmetry groups in a book "Symmetry" by Hermann Weyl. On the page 80 of the 1952 Princeton University Press edition of the book, Weyl lists the ...
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Why can't we do some basic algebra in tensor calculus?

I have a very, very stupid question on the basics of tensor calculus. Consider $R_{ij} = 0$. 1)If I expand the ricci tensor $R_{ij}= g^{lm}R_{iljm}=0$. Now, my question is that, why can't we divide ...
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How you call the constant $\alpha$ within the heat equation in general and in terms of electromagnetism?

The heat equation or diffusion equation does contain a constant $\alpha$. $$\frac{\partial u}{\partial t} - \alpha \nabla^2 u=0$$ How is it called? I'm interested in a general name which can be ...
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Why aren't units with powers, like cm³, surrounded by parentheses?

Since $\renewcommand{\unit}[1]{\,\mathrm{#1}} 1\unit{dm} = 10^{-1}\unit{m}$, it follows that $1\unit{dm^3} = 10^{-1} \times 10^{-1} \times 10^{-1} \unit{m^3} = 10^{-3} \unit{m^3}$. However, in ...
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Ricci curvature tensor, definition of symbols

So I know that $$R_{μν}:=R^λ_{μλν}$$ is the Ricci curvature tensor (where $R^λ_{μλν}$ is the Riemann Tensor). This is in Einstein's field equations: $$R_{μν}-\frac{1}{2}g_{μν}R=\frac{8πG}{c^4}Τ_{μν}$$ ...
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Tricks at manipulating creation/annihilation operators

Manipulation of terms in algebras different from the standard one (e.g. boolean algebra) can be a bit unnatural but there are always shortcuts that can help you. I was wondering if there is a list ...
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What decides the signs and coefficients of terms in superfield?

I'm working on a problem in 3d field theory and I'm confused about how to write the superfields. Specifically, I'm not sure if the signs and coefficients of terms are purely a matter of convention or ...
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Problem regarding quantum mechanical notation of photons

I have recently been reading about spontaneous parametric down conversion(SPDC). I do clearly understand the process. What has been intriguing lately is the notation. For those of you who are ...
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Why isn't invariant notation common?

In principle, one can write quantities in a manifestly invariant - rather than covariant - fashion in e.g. special relativity. For example, rather than writing just $x^\mu$, we could write the basis ...
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Minkowski metric and definition of coordinate differentials?

This is probably a really silly confusion I have about the definition of “coordinate differentials”, which I thought were things like $dx,dy,dz$ etc. The Minkowski line element ...
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Conventions regarding partial derivatives

Look at this expression: $$\frac{\partial}{\partial t} (V-\mathbf{v}\cdot\mathbf{A}).$$ This expression occurs in Griffiths EM book (4th ed, p.444). $V=V(\mathbf{r},t)$is the scalar potential, ...
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ket vector with two “entries”

This is a very simple question. I am learning about angular momentum. In my lecture notes, the symbol $|\lambda,m_l \rangle$ was defined as a eigenfunction of a central potential. Two assumptions are ...
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Tensor algebra doubt

Is it possible to take a tensor to the other side of the equation, and the tensor becomes its inverse(i.e contravariant becomes covariant and vice versa)? It is a stupid question, but It confuses me. ...
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Naming vectors in free body diagrams

Is there a convention for naming the vectors? Suppose there is a box on a table. I'm going to draw the forces acting on the box. So I focus on the box and ignore forces acting on the table, the ...
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What is the symbol Å?

I saw this symbol like: $$\lambda=3000\overset{\circ}{\text{A}}$$ and I don't know what this means. Is it a frequency? (since $\lambda$ is usually used for frequency)
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What does this sort of notation mean?

I'm revising for my exams at the moment and am seeing this notation everywhere Can anyone tell me what these mean?
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Index Notation Double Curl

My question is about Einstein notation. It does not matter the specifics of this example (the del operator could be another random vector), I just want to know if my assumption about notation is ...
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What does $\int_C V \,d\mathbf{l}$ mean?

What does $$\int_C V \,d\mathbf{l}$$ mean? I initially thought it was simply a line integral around $C$, that is, if $\mathbf{r}: [0,1] \longrightarrow \mathbb{R}^3$ is a paremetrization of $C$, then ...
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What is the difference between $\nabla _{\sigma} $ and $ \nabla^{\sigma}$?

What is the difference between: $\nabla _{\sigma} $ and $ \nabla^{\sigma}$? I've been told that the first is the covariant derivative, however I'm just starting a course on spacetime geometry and ...
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Index Notation with Del Operators

I'm having trouble with some concepts of Index Notation. (Einstein notation) If I take the divergence of curl of a vector, $\nabla \cdot (\nabla \times \vec V)$ first I do the parenthesis: ...
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Kronecker delta in inertial tensor

I feel confused in (11.9) how does the book prove the following identity: $$\sum\limits_{i} w_{i}x_{\alpha,i} \sum\limits_{j} w_{j}x_{\alpha,j} = ...
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Ordering of differential operators

If we write something like: $\partial_a X_{\mu} \partial^a X^{\mu}$ Does that mean the first derivative is only applied to the first X? ($\partial_a X_{\mu})( \partial^a X^{\mu}$) Or is the ...
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How are electric flux calculations not double integrals?

A disk of radius 0.10 m is oriented with its normal unit vector $\hat{n}$ at 30$^{\circ}$ to a uniform electric field $\vec{E}$ of magnitude 2000 N/C. What is the electric flux through the disk? ...
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Lowering and Raising Kronecker Delta

When an index of the Kronecker-delta tensor $\delta_a^b$ is lowered or raised with the metric tensor $g_{ab}$, i.e. $g_{ab}\delta^b_c$ or $g^{ab}\delta_b^c$, is the result another Kronecker-delta ...
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Question on index notation and metric tensor

I found this expression in my SR notes: $$ (\Lambda^{-1})^{\lambda}_{\ \ \ \sigma} = g^{\lambda\mu}~\Lambda^{\rho}_{\ \ \ \mu} ~g_{\rho\sigma} = \Lambda_\sigma^{\ \ \ \lambda}$$ I know where it ...
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Uncertainty Definition QM

On my introductory course in Quantum Mechanics, the uncertainty of an operator $A$ in the state $\psi$ is defined by $$(\Delta A)^2_{\psi}=\langle(A-\langle A \rangle_{\psi})^2\rangle _{\psi}$$ I'm ...
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Is it foolish to distinguish between covariant and contravariant vectors?

A vector space is a set whose elements satisfy certain axioms. Now there are physical entities that satisfy these properties, which may not be arrows. A co-ordinate transformation is linear map from a ...
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Theoretical Physics Notation (Hamilton-Jacobi in the Relativistic Domain)

I am having trouble understanding how to solve some theoretical physics problems I have come across. Specifically how to convert the Hamilton-Jacobi equation: $$(\partial_\mu S+e A_\mu)^2=m^2$$ From ...
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Writing an arbitrary operator in bra-ket notation

An annoying fact about my physics textbook (Griffiths' Introduction to Quantum Mechanics) is that it introduces bra-ket notation without telling us how to use it. So I have a two-part question for SE: ...
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Why in the relativistic quantum mechanics $ \gamma_4$ name is not used instead of $ \gamma_5$?

I have seen in the in the Dirac equation $$\gamma_0,\gamma_1,\gamma_2,\gamma_3.$$ Then I have seen the definition of a new matrix $$\gamma_5=i\gamma_0\gamma_1\gamma_2\gamma_3.$$ Now my question is why ...
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The exact definition of conjugate momentum density

After checking various websites, I've seen the conjugate momentum density defined as either: \begin{align*} P_r ~=~ \frac{\partial \mathcal{L}}{\partial \dot{A}_r} \end{align*} or \begin{align*} P_r ...
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What does the $\Delta$ notation mean? E.g. for potential energy: $\Delta U$ vs just $U$? What is the difference?

I've seen in this article that potential energy is defined like this: $U=-\int _{\text{ref}}^r\overset{\rightharpoonup }{F}\cdot d\overset{\rightharpoonup }{r}$. However I've seen in other text books ...
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A simple question about matrix product with spinor indices

I have a big problem with dotted and undotted spinor indices. For example, suppose we have two convolutions: $$ \sigma^{\dot {a} a}F_{ab}, \quad \sigma^{\dot {a} a}F_{\dot {a} \dot {b}}, \quad F_{ab} ...
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Why the speed of light is represented by $c$? [closed]

In almost every textbook, I've found that the speed of light is $c \approx 3 \times 10^8\: \mathrm{m/s}$. I wonder why it's just $c$ ?
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Are derivative indices summed in indicial notation?

A paper I'm reading uses indicial notation and the convention that $u_{j,k}$ means the derivative with respect to $x_k$. Which one of these interpretations are correct? $$A_{ijk}u_{j,k} = ...