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Algebraic properties of fundamental physical constants

A few weeks ago I started wondering if there's any reason for a given fundamental physical constant, like Boltzmann's one, to enjoy some algebraic properties, for example being rational/irrational or ...
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Why $c$ is $3$ x $10^8$ times faster than a $1$ $m/sec$ car? [duplicate]

The value of of a dimensional constant like $c$ is often regarded as unimportant since it can be arbitrarily changed to any desired value by changing our units. For example, $c$=$3$x$10^8$ in $m/sec$, ...
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What happens as you approach/cross the Planck temperature?

According to IFLScience, above the Planck Temperature (absolute hot) conventional physics break down. My question is what happens as you approach this temperature, and, if it is possible, what ...
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If you have two Planck lengths extended from one point forming a right angle, whats the length of the hypotenuse? [duplicate]

Can we do measurements at this scale seeing that the length of the hypotenuse would have a value at a length that cant exist (1.4 Planck lengths)? Or is my interpretation of the Planck length ...
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Explain why quantum behavior is not observed in daily life

People always ask: How come we don't see any "Wave" attached to a classical object such as a car? You always see the object in the same place without any uncertainty. I am sure there are answers, ...
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What is the significance of Planck charge?

It seems for me that Planck units are somehow connected to limits where our current knowledge breaks down because of (quantum) gravitational effects. Please correct me if I'm wrong. For example ...
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Is the Planck length the smallest length that exists in the universe or is it the smallest length that can be observed?

I have heard both that Planck length is the smallest length that there is in the universe (whatever this means) and that it is the smallest thing that can be observed because if we wanted to observe ...
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Planck length paradox [closed]

This is a paradox I thought of a few days ago, and I wanted to ask whether it makes any sense and where the mistake is. We know that the nothing but light can move faster than light itself. So in a ...
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Experimentally finding units of physical quantity?

Say you had a new physical quantity you wanted to determine the units for. How do you go about this? For the strength of an electromagnet for example, you could carry out a simple experiment like the ...
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What areas of research question the existence of the Planck length?

As a follow up to What are the structures that exist at roughly the scale of the Planck length?, what areas of research question the idea of a Planck length (or Planck scale)? Or if there are no areas ...
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Are the fundamental constants of nature independent?

Background: I am a layman and I just watched the video "Infinite Worlds: A Journey through Parallel Universes" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OO4uzgiRHkE) featuring a discussion with Andrei Linde, ...
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How did scientists even count the mole? It is an enormous number [duplicate]

Or did they estimate the number? After all, it is impossible to locate and contain precisely that much atoms. Or was it arbitrary?
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How to measure the mass of Earth?

I was wondering how you can measure the mass of Earth. From what I find on the internet, people are using Newton's Laws. But how can you do that ? Newton's Laws are assumed to work because you know a ...
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Is every aspect (fundamental forces, periodic table) of an antimatter universe exactly the same, except the fact that it's all antimatter?

Are all the constants (Boltzmann's, gravitational, $c$) the same? Would elements react differently? Would it look the same?
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Is there a list of (the solid state version of) electron affinities?

I'm doing some energy band diagram analysis for a few scenarios, and I need the Electron affinity as defined in solid state physics for a few materials. Note that this is different than the one taught ...
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Mass dimensions and weak interaction

The Fermi constant has a mass dimension of $-2$ and a value of $10^{-5}GeV^{-2}$. How can I infer from this information that the mass scale of the weak interaction is about $10^2 GeV$?
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Value of Planck scale

I read several times that the Planck scale is the energy scale at which the effects of gravity are comparable to the effects of the other fundamental forces. How can I show that this actually happens ...
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Experimental determination of $\Lambda_{QCD}$

I have a question about $\Lambda_{QCD}$, the energy scale at which there is a transition from the regime of perturbative QCD to quark confinement. How it is measured experimentally?
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Free parameters in the Standard Model

From my understanding of the standard model, I understand that there are 19 or 20 free parameters that we need to put in by hand as, and I'm guessing here, there is as yet no theoretical basis for ...
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Are physical constants determined by their observation?

In common interpretations of quantum mechanics, it can only be said that objects exist once I observe them - it is not legitimate to ask where an object was before I observed it. Does this point of ...
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Is Boltzmann constant $k_B$ constant?

I heard in a lecture that Boltzmann constant $k_B$ is not constant in some special cases. Do you know the title of the article which contains this one? Do you think this idea is true?
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Setting constants equal to 1 conditions

I have the following expression for the entropy of an ideal gas in a microcanonical ensemble, $$S=Nk_B\ln \left[ \frac{Ve}{N}\left(\frac{4\pi m e E}{3Nh_0^2}\right)\right] $$ Ideally I would like to ...
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Are length contractions limited by Planck length?

While we are getting closer to speed of light our length in the direction of the movement is according to Lorentz transformation getting shorter. But we can not (even theoretically) consider length ...
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Deriving (dimensionless) physical constants from theory

The Wikipedia entry on Physical Constants says: With the development of quantum chemistry in the 20th century, however, a vast number of previously inexplicable dimensionless physical constants ...
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What Planck units are limits?

Some Planck units, like time, length, or temperature, describe a physical maximum or minimum, at least approximately: you can't get hotter than the Planck temperature, measure anything smaller than ...
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How the experimental charge $e=1.60217657 × 10^{-19} C$ has precisely this value?

The coupling constant that we measured in "arbitrarily" low energy is $e=1.60217657 × 10^{-19} C$. How this is presented in Renormalization Group flow in charge coupling space? Why the action of the ...
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Can someone explain Planck's constant simply? [closed]

Can someone explain Planck's constant simply? I know the math, however I don't understand the relevance. To explain what I'm asking, what is the significance of it when doing quantum mechanical ...
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What is the significance of Planck's constant in De Broglie–Bohm theory or Pilot-wave theory?

In standard QM, Planck's constant seems to be a constant that describes the smallest quanta of energy in some way. Does De Broglie–Bohm theory have an alternate interpretation of that constant and ...
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Is there a Planck uncertainty?

There are theories which place lower limits on length, time and temperature. Is there a corresponding one for the lower limit for uncertainty? Is there a probability so small it cannot exist in this ...
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Why is $\mu_0$ missing in EM formulas in Peskin and Schroeder?

In this post, $\hbar=c=1$ units are used throughout. It is well known that the action of classical electromagnetism is given by $$\mathcal S_{\text{Maxwell}} = \int ...
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Why is the speed of light in vacuum constant? [duplicate]

Are there any proof of the speed of light in vacuum being constant? All I hear is that light in vacuum travels at a constant speed because that's an observation and that it fits in a coherent theory ...
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Fine structure constant definition

The fine structure constant is usually defined using $e$, $h$ ,$c$ ... However, from QED, we know it cannot be derived but only experimentally measured. Does that mean the usual definition we use in ...
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How confident can we be that the speed of light in a medium is constant?

I have recently found this article http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/1999/02.18/light.html it tells that physicists have been able to slow the speed of light. Is this hokum? If not how is it possible to ...
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Why is the Luminiferous aether theory wrong? [closed]

I saw on this page about the constant speed of light that there are two ways of interpreting this constant speed: General relativity The Luminiferous aether theory I understand why the theory of ...
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The fine structure constant - can it genuinely be a random variable?

The question Does it make sense, and are there physical reasons to think about the fine structure constant as a (very concentrated) probability distribution rather than a single real number? ...
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Can gravitational constant be changed?

In my book(Principles of Physics by Resnick,Halliday,Walker) , the authors write: If $G$ - by some miracle - were suddenly increased by a factor of 10, you would be crushed to the floor by Earth's ...
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What is the point of the reduced Planck's constant $\hbar$ (h-bar)? - Why don't we just have Planck's Constant $h$?

I know that $ħ$ is $h / 2π$ - and that $h$ is the Planck Constant ($6.62606957 × 10^{-34}$ $Js$). But why don't we just use $h$ - is it that $ħ$ is used in Angular Momentum Calculations?
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Why is the gravitational force $10^{38}$ times smaller than the strong nuclear force?

Also, why is the weak interaction force $10^7$ times smaller than the strong nuclear force?
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How can gravity truly be infinite?

From my knowledge, gravity is infinite and extends throughout all of space. It diminishes as distance increases but is still present everywhere. So given enough time, no matter where something is in ...
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Emission and absorption of photons by electrons [closed]

Two questions occur at a critical review of the two famous experiments devised by Millikan in 1914, respectively Duane, Hunt and others in 1917-1920, which confirmed the action constant calculated by ...
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From which dimensionful constants does proton mass arise?

It is well known that the most of the proton (or any other hadron with light quarks) mass is not made up from quark masses, but it is dynamically generated by QCD mess inside. I've also heard that, ...
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Are laws of nature changing?

I am reviewing articles that address whether fundamental laws of nature (physics) are changing. The following letter sums up my research literature and conclusions. "Book Review: The Constants of ...
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Light speed after the Big Bang

We know that immediately after the Big Bang space was opaque to light. As space expanded, light could travel. However I would think that as space expanded at some de sites the light would be much ...
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Variable parameters in cosmology

Mainstream theories in cosmology assume that parameters like the speed of light $c$, and the gravitational constant $G$ are time-independent. Is there any evidence suggesting that this assumption is ...
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Ultimate Planck Frequency [closed]

Is there an upper limit to the Planck Frequency? Does it simply depend upon the inverse of the Planck Time unit?
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Why is the Fermi coupling constant always expressed in units of $(\hbar c)^3$?

Everywhere I've looked so far (such as NIST) the Fermi coupling constant $G_F$ is always expressed as $$\frac{G_F}{(\hbar c)^3} = 1.166 364(5) \times 10^{-5} \textrm{ GeV}^{-2}$$ never as just ...
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How is the most accurate value of $G$ measured?

How do modern scientists update the measurement of $G$, the gravitational constant? Is CODATA the authority on this measurement and the experiment?
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Reference for the value of the axial vector coupling constant, $g_A$

This paper (I don't know if it is available for free or not) defines the axial-vector coupling constant (a constant important in calculations involving the weak interaction) as $g=1.26$. My advisor ...
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Where is the fine-structure constant in this list?

so John Baez has this nice list of what he enumerates as the 26 Fundamental Universal Physical Constants and they're dimensionless, as they should be to be meaningfully fundamental. one if his grad ...
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The time interval of fundamental interactions?

I extract the below text snippet from our text book: Strong interaction is charge independent.The time interval of such a strong interaction is about $10^{-23} sec$ and it's range is approximately ...