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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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How to interpret vector operators in quantum mechanics?

To the point: How should I think about the equation $$\hat{\mathbf{x}}\mid\mathbf{x'}\rangle = \mathbf{x'}\mid\mathbf{x'}\rangle~?$$ Is it a triple of equations $\hat{x}\mid x'\rangle = x'\mid ...
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When is Einstein summation implied by Lorentz indices?

I would like to ask if it is possible to find out whether Einstein summation is used in an equation. For example, $$A^{\mu \nu} = 1$$ can either mean $\sum_{\mu\nu} A^{\mu \nu}=1$ or $A^{\mu \nu}=1$ ...
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Notation in crystallography

I'm trying to comprehend the proof that for a crystal with translational symmetry only 1,2,3,4 or 6 rotational axes exist. The proof I'm trying to follow however uses a weird notation I haven't seen ...
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Variations vs partial derivative [duplicate]

I was just introduced to Lagrangian mechanics today in a theoretical physics course. I am completely new to calculus and especially calculus of variations. The problem is, I have a difficulty ...
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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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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 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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Clarifying some notation, the square of a vector derivative

I'm reading a text which asserts that, if $\vec{F}(\vec{x})=-\nabla V(\vec{x})$ then we define $$E = \frac{m}{2} \left( \frac{d\vec{x}}{dt}\right)^2-V(\vec{x}) \, .$$ However, I don't understand how ...
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Acceleration derivative

I am reading Morris Kline's "Calculus" and I fail to understand this notation: We have acceleration to which an object $r$ feet from the center of the earth (and above the earth) is subject. If we ...
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Dirac notation and column representation

$\renewcommand{ket}[1]{|#1\rangle}$ I am facing difficulty in understanding how the right hand side is coming in equation A below In $H$ of dimention 4, the vector $$ \sqrt{\frac{2}{3}} ...
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Symbols of derivatives

What is the exact use of the symbols $\partial$, $\delta$ and $\mathrm{d}$ in derivatives in physics? How are they different and when are they used? It would be nice to get that settled once and for ...
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How is $\delta s$ different than $ds$? [duplicate]

Specifically I'm reading Dirac's General Relativity and he says essentially: $$ \delta Q = \frac{\partial Q}{\partial x^\mu} \delta x^\mu $$ But what's the difference between this and: $$ dQ = ...
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Nabla or semicolon notation for covariant derivative? [closed]

$$A_{\,;\alpha}^{\mu}=\nabla_{\alpha}A^{\mu}$$ Are there any pros and cons regarding these two notations for denoting the covariant derivative?
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What is Si-delta doping? [closed]

I want to know what the delta means in this case. I know the Si means the element used, by some way to doping. I guess the delta means that using some elements to create holes in semiconductor made ...
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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 ...
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Difference between $\partial$ and $\nabla$ in general relativity

I read a lot in Road to Reality, so I think I might use some general relativity terms where I should only special ones. In our lectures we just had $\partial_\mu$ which would have the plain partial ...
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Order of index in Lorentz transform

I am reading Schwartz's "QFT and the standard model". On pg 13 he gives the Lorentz transform of a rotation around the x-axis: $ \left( \begin{array}{cccc} 1 & 0 & 0 & 0 \\ 0 & 1 ...
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Summation notation for Kronecker delta

I'm having some problems on notation for indices: I've found in Goldstein, 3rd edition, that the Kronecker delta satisfies the following property: $$\delta_{ij}\delta_{ik}=\delta_{jk}$$ But ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 $x$.