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Notation of polarization of light

Upon my research of polarization of light I stumbled upon the following formula: What do the three dots mean? I have never seen them before. Edit: Found this notation in the book "Nonlinear fiber ...
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Where does this relativistic relation involving the delta function come from?

\begin{equation} \int\delta(E^2-\mathbf{p}^2-m^2)dE=\frac{1}{2E_\mathbf{p}} \end{equation} Shouldn't integrating the delta function like this just give 1?
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Meaning of these terms for stress fields?

I'm from a math & comp sci background and I'm currently looking at facture theory which deals with stress fields. Can someone explain to me what the following terms represent in the context of a ...
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Technical question about 2-forms

A technical question about the electromagnetic tensor, but before that, it is know if, say, instead of being $$F_{\mu\nu}=\partial_{\mu}A_{\nu} - \partial_{\nu}A_{\mu}$$it were ...
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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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What's the advantage of using bra-ket notation over inner-product notation? [migrated]

Both notations look pretty similar, and appear similar when undergo algebraic operations. Apart from personal taste (aesthetics) concerning commas (<,>) vs. pipes (<|>), what is (are) the ...
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Voltage and volume, same SI symbol, how to discern between the two? [closed]

Both are SI quantities that use the same symbol, namely $V$. It annoys me that I might be working with the wrong unit even though it's easy to see if it's voltage or volume by looking to the whole ...
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Contraction of Kronecker delta = 4 [duplicate]

This suggests, as a shortcut notation, the concept of lowering indices; from any vector we can construct a (0, 1) tensor defined by contraction with the metric: $$A_\nu ≡ g_{\mu\nu}A^\mu$$ so that ...
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Relativity question about 4-velocity

Given a 4-velocity $u^0$, how do you find $u_0$? Do you use $u_{\alpha}u^{\alpha} = -1$?
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Notation of vectors

It's very common to see $\text{F} = 30 \text{ N}$ when the problem is unidimensional. Yet, force is a vector. Shouldn't I write $|\overrightarrow{F}| = 30 \text{ N}$? Because if I write ...
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Reaction coordinate as a function of atomic positions

I'm going over some (molecular dynamics) related literature - specifically the derivation of the Weighted Histogram Analysis Method (WHAM). As a quick backdrop WHAM is a method for stitching ...
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What is the meaning of symbols $\delta f$ and $\delta^2f$?

Professor was using these symbols to derive the continuity equation. He defined the infinitesimal mass as $\delta^2m=\rho \delta V$ and the mass that leaves some closed boundary $\partial V$ as ...
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Proper notation for normalized scalar?

I have not been able to find a resource to tell me the standard notation for a normalized scalar value. Normalized vectors (i.e. unit vectors) are typically denoted by placing a hat over the ...
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Ambiguity with circuit symbols [migrated]

If I wanted to draw say a verical thermistor in a circuit diagram, it can look like any one of these four: Is there a convention for which one to pick, or are all of them valid in any situation ...
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What is nuclide notation referring to? Only the nucleus or the whole atom?

sorry that this is an easy question but I am just a bit confused about nuclide notation. When you say e.g. $^{240}_{94}\text{Pu}$, are you referring to the atom of $\text{Pu}$ or only its nucleus? It ...
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Using mega (=10^6) when writing by hand? [closed]

I just solved a problem which had answer 1.7*10^6 m (m=meters) If I wanted to write this using M=10^6 it would be 1.7 Mm, which if I write it by hand would look like "1.7 mm" which is confusing. Is ...
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What's the correct link between Dirac notation and wave mechanics integrals?

In wave mechanics when we compute the expectation value of energy we write the following $$\left<\hat{H}\right>=\int_{-\infty}^\infty\mathrm{d}x\ ...
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Notation of angular momentum operators vs numbers

I'm reading about finding the mass of quarks in mesons. In the lecture notes, it says We need to find $\langle\boldsymbol{s}_q\cdot\boldsymbol{s}_\bar{q}\rangle$. Since $L=0$, then ...
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Electric current notation

Depending on the source, I sometimes read $\frac{\delta q}{dt}$ , $\frac{dq}{dt}$ or even $\frac{\delta q}{\delta t}$ (rare) Wich one is the correct notation ? In theory we are to know if a ...
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Understanding basic quantum mechanics notation

I was talking with a guy about energy levels of an atom in a magnetic field. He said that energy levels are shifted and that, if you want know how much, you have to analyze this: for 1s state: ...
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What does a left-right arrow in a tensor formula mean?

I need help with some some notation I've not seen before. Is using the left-right arrow in this formula $$[P^μ,M^{ρσ}]=i\hbar(g^{\mu\sigma}P^\rho-(\rho\leftrightarrow\sigma))$$ equivalent to writing ...
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Atomic nearest neighbor notation

I recently got a correction to a paper that I am writing. The correction references a section in which I talk about nearest neighbors. The comment says: Do you mean NN, NNN, etc., or NN, 2NN, 3NN? ...
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Electric flux of a closed surface, $\Psi = Q $ or $\Phi =\int\vec{E}\cdot d\vec{A}$

I have problem with the equation of electric flux. I use one book of fundamental physics and another book of electromagnetic engineering; the two of them give different equations for electric flux. ...
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Questions about the formalism of Quantum Mechanics

I have to do a presentation on this. I'm not expected to do something really detailed, but I'm not understanding the mathematical formalism. I would like to receive general answers to these questions: ...
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Understanding notation regarding particles states and wavefunctions

In the development in my notes of second quantisation I have a problem in understanding notation. We start by considering a basis $\psi_i(\mathbf{r})$ for the Hilbert space of single particle ...
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Spinor notation in general relativity

I have a somewhat broad/big question, and I know that there are many references for it available out there. However, so far I couldn't find anything that I can really understand, that's why here is my ...
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QCD color factors from quark gluon vertices

The color factors in QCD tell us the relative strength of the coupling of a quark emitting a gluon, a gluon emitting a quark-antiquark pair or a gluon emitting two gluons. To calculate let them we ...
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Atomic physics, determining levels and terms

In atomic physics I understand there a configurations, terms and levels. I think levels for instance appear because of spin-orbit interactions, so that terms are split. But I'm confused about the ...
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Quantum Mechanics Notation

Generally we have that $$|\psi\rangle=\int_{all space} \psi(\mathbf x)|\mathbf x\rangle d^3\mathbf x$$ and therefore $\psi(\mathbf x)=\langle\mathbf x|\psi\rangle$. When discussing the mutual ...
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Two-component formalism and four-component formalism [closed]

When deriving the Dirac equation for spin-1/2 particles, we realize that the wave function must be four-component. In some works, people use two-component wave function for calculation. So, my ...
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Index notation for a Lagrangian with second derivatives

I'm finding the field equations for a hypothetical Lagrangian with dependence on the second derivative of a scalar field, $L\left(\phi,\phi_{,\mu},\phi_{,\mu\nu}\right)$, and in the analogue to the ...
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What does $\bar{x}_{\textrm{el}}$ represent?

In the context of centroids and moments, what do $\bar{x}_{\textrm{el}}$ and $\bar{y}_{\textrm{el}}$ represent? For example: $$\bar{x}L = \int \bar{x}_{\textrm{el}}dL$$ Some references that use ...
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Notation - d.o.f.'s for Grassmann delta functions in a SUSY field theory amplitude

I was reading the following paper http://arxiv.org/pdf/1306.2962v1.pdf as I stumbled upon an issue concerning counting and assigning the Grassmann degrees of freedom that appear in grassmann delta ...
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What does 400kW(e) mean?

I am trying to read a document and it says a power grid is 400kW(e) what does this mean?
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Correct tetrad index notation

There seems to be some different conventions on the indexes of the tetrad. I am wondering which is the standard, which is correct, and which is an abuse of notation. In Sean Carroll's notes and in ...
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Apply Hamiltonian to position eigenstates

Let $\hat{H}$ be the free Hamilton operator, is it then true that $$\langle {\bf r}| \hat{H} ~=~ - \frac{\hbar^2}{2m} \Delta \langle {\bf r}|~?$$ Where $\Delta\equiv \nabla^2$. I currently don't see ...
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How do I represent $A$ transpose $A$ in indicial notation?

I know this question sounds lame, but the book I am following doesn't use the answer I expect and it has been using a similar notations everywhere else which has confused me. I think Q[Any tensor] ...
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Justifying the notation $\langle x\ |\ \psi\rangle$ [duplicate]

I came across this expression: $$\langle x\ |\ \psi\rangle=\psi(x)$$ How can it be justified? I understand the LHS as an inner product, and the RHS just as a function of the parameter $x$.
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Interaction Hamiltonian in the interaction picutre

The Schrodinger and Heisenberg pictures make sense to me. But the interaction picture which is a hybrid of the two does not. Author of this text first splits the Hamiltonian up as ...
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What does $|x⟩|0⟩$ actually mean in bra-ket notation?

Consider the following quote from Wikipedia's page on Shor's algorithm: Initialize the registers to $Q^{-1/2} \sum_{x=0}^{Q-1} \left|x\right\rangle \left|0\right\rangle$ where $x$ runs ...
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Meaning the symbol, $W$ and $dW$

What's the difference between $W$ and $dW$? They are both work done and have similar formulae (same dimension). But I don't know the difference between them. $dW$ here ISN'T power.
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Suppose $\phi(x)$ is a field, how should I interpret $\partial^\mu\phi$ and $\partial_\mu\phi$?

I am really confused by the sub and upperscript notation sometimes. It might be really trivial but I have a difficult time interpreting the following things in for example this Lagrangian ...
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Tensor product in quantum mechanics

In Cohen-Tannoudji's Quantum Mechanics book the tensor product of two two Hilbert spaces $(\mathcal H = \mathcal H_1 \otimes \mathcal H_2)$ was introduced in (2.312) by saying that to every pair of ...
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Permutation operator and second quantization

I just read that a permutation operator $P_{i,j}$ acts on a product state $|a_1,...,a_n \rangle \in H^n$ by $$P_{i,j} |a_1,...,a_i,a_j,...a_n\rangle = |a_1,...,a_j,a_i,...a_n \rangle .$$ Now my ...
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What are $\mu$ and $\nu$ in $g_{\mu\nu}$ metric?

What are $\mu$ and $\nu$ in $g_{\mu\nu}$ metric? Consider the metric $g_{\mu\nu} = \begin{pmatrix} 1 & 0 &0 \\ 0 & r^2 & 0\\ 0 & 0 & r^2\sin^2\theta \end{pmatrix}$
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What does Peter Parkers formula represent?

Okay, so the trailer for the new Spider Man movie is out and appearently our friendly physicist from the neightborhood came up with something. However I can't find out what this is. Transcription: ...
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What does a colon mean in hydrodynamics equations?

In some hydrodynamics book I saw a notation like $e:e$ where $e$ is a matrix (shear stress tensor). This double dot product is in a scalar equation, so the result of this operation must be scalar. I ...
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Indexed Gradient operator on trigonometric functions

$$\nabla_{i}\nabla_{j}\Big(\frac{\sin(kR)}{R}\Big)$$ Where $R$ is the distance between particle $i,j$. And $k$ is a constant I took $\nabla_{i}=\frac{\partial}{\partial R_{i}}$ and ...
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Tensor product notation in quantum mechanics

I'm a bit confused about the use of Tensor products in Quantum mechanics. For instance if two electrons are in the state $\frac{1}{\sqrt{2}}(a(r_1)b(r_2)-b(r_1)a(r_2))\otimes \lvert \downarrow ...
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Computation of $T^{\mu\nu}$ from Lagrangian density $\mathscr{L} $

I am trying to understand how upper and lower indices are connected when computing the energy-momentum tensor. In particular, I found the simple problem where the Lagrangian density is given as ...