The union of special (SR) and general (GR) relativity. Use this tag if both SR and GR apply.

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Can deformations of time-space continuum violates law of momentum conservation?

Based on Einstein’s theory of relativity a mass as property of physical objects creates deformation of time-space continuum. Therefore the light path bends in gravitational fields of massive objects. ...
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Orbital Velocity & LLR

As I understand it, light that is emitted from a source is not imparted with the motion of the source and so always follows a "straight line". If this is correct, I am having a difficult time ...
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If a 1kg mass was accelerated close to the speed of light would it turn into a black hole?

I'm a big fan of the podcast Astronomy Cast and a while back I was listening to a Q&A episode they did. A listener sent in a question that I found fascinating and have been wondering about ever ...
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Is the rate of light emissions actually the frequency of the light?

I am confusing with the concept of frequency in the context of Doppler effect studying SR. The Schutz says, if the source emits pulses more frequently, then the observer would see the lights not only ...
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What the live streaming of a time traveler will look like?

Consider a hypothetical situation: In which a time traveler travels in a spaceplane at close to speed of light circling the earth and I get a live telecast of inside of that plane to my television. ...
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relativistic temperatures energy assumptions

why is the assumption $k_bT>>mc^2$ made for relativistic temperatures, where did the kT come from and how is it related to mc^2?
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Pair production in different reference frames

I understand that energy of photons is defined by their wavelength/frequency. This frequency (and so energy) will be different for different observers: observer moving towards the photon will see ...
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The elevator and the bolt [closed]

I had this question, I don't seem to get what I am doing wrong so here it goes:An elevator car whose floor to ceiling distance is equal to $2.7 m $ starts ascending with a constant acceleration of $1....
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Electron in a Magnetic Field: Force parallel to velocity?

According to the four-force given in this question, Force is parallel to velocity. But the Lorentz Force is perpendicular to velocity in a constant magnetic field. Is this a contradiction? [a ...
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What is time dilation really?

Please will someone explain what time dilation really is and how it occurs. There are lots of questions and answers going into how to calculate time dilation, but none that give an intuitive feel for ...
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Time Dilation for a photon [duplicate]

Does a photon experience any time. Since a photon is massless and hence travels at (c) then it should suffer infinite time dilation, and hence shouldn't experience no time?
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Relative velocity of light beams

Assume two light beams moving in the same direction i want to use the relativistic velocity transformation equation to find the relative velocity with each other, Note : i let $C$=1 $V_{ab}$=$\frac{...
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Is absorption probality modulated by interferance instanteneous or retarded effect?

Let say the absorption probability at some atom 1 location is modulated by photo ionized electron wave (ionized from 1) that scatters by neighboring atom 2 and returns to the 1. (Around the absorption ...
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Do Einstein's postulates of relativity emerge from the Minkowski spacetime metric?

Does the constancy of the speed of light for all observers naturally emerge from the Minkowski spacetime metric? Do Einstein's two postulates of relativity emerge from the Minkowski spacetime metric? ...
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Why the angular distribution of the X-rays from Roentgen tube is not along the decelaration of electrons? [duplicate]

As I understand the X-ray generation from Roentgen tube, is a result from the bremsstralung (and also characteristic lines): from decelerating electrons in the presence of the potential of heavy atoms....
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Can $E=mc^2$ be derived from the Minkowski spacetime metric? $s^2=x^2+y^2+z^2-(ct)^2$?

Can $E=mc^2$ be derived from the Minkowski spacetime metric? $s^2=x^2+y^2+z^2-(ct)^2$? If so, how? Can the equivalence of mass and energy be derived from the Minkowski spacetime metric? Has someone ...
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Why is the speed of light being invariant and finite in all inertial reference frames?

I understand the basics of Lorentz transformation and Riemann Geometry but I still cannot understand why the speed of light is the same in all inertial references. Has anyone ever researched about ...
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How is specific output chosen in circular synchrotrons to radiate X-rays?

Accelerating charged particles are supposed to emit radiation. In sychrotrons does the particles emit always during the circular motion or only at specific location (undulator) ?
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Precedence and quantum entanglement: The Alain Aspect experiment in spacetime

Recall that the spin components of a spin-entangled pair do not exist until one of the pair undergoes quantum observation, at which time both of the pair immediately obtain quantum random opposing ...
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Thought experiment on special relativity

If we were travelling in a spaceship, accelerating (arbitrary value) from a velocity 0, and we assumed that times and distances outside of the spaceship remained the same as that of ours, would we be ...
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“Einstein showed that everything is relative.”? [closed]

Is this statement accurate? I've been sitting on this for a bit and cannot come to terms with my thoughts, so I need insight on this statement, from both a Physics and/or Philosophical perspective.
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Introduction to relativity books [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Getting started general relativity I am an engineer who loves to read science fiction books especially when there's more science than fiction but usually I see that I lack ...
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Where do I begin in order to study relativity? [duplicate]

I am in high school now and I want to get the basic idea of what relativity. Can anyone suggest me a book or website for it? I am also curious about the mathematics behind it. Is it possible for me to ...
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What is wrong with this derivation of the lorentz factor

in attempting to derive the lorentz contraction, I assumed that light speed is measured the same from all inertial reference frames. The situation set up is object A is standing still, whilst object B ...
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Femtosecond photography

My question regards comments made around the 9:23 minute mark in Ramesh Raskar's TED talk, "Imaging at a trillion frames per second". At this point in the talk, an image shows "light ripples" that ...
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Is it possible to travel near light speed and not notice relativity?

Suppose I have no idea about relativity and find an ancient spaceship that takes me to Proxima Centauri in just 1 year more than it takes light to make the trip (so some observer might say it took ...
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Is there a universal rest frame of reference?

I am still struggling with C being a constant and what that implies. So can an experiment be done to find the resting state for the universe? Take a device with an observer and a light source and two ...
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Relativistic Electrodynamics [closed]

What are the applications of relativistic electrodynamics I've been learning about it in a theoretical physics module however I don't understand what implications or uses it has in real life and haven'...
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What is the proper way to explain the twin paradox?

The paradox in the twin paradox is that the situation appears symmetrical so each twin should think the other has aged less, which is of course impossible. There are a thousand explanations out there ...
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3 points in space, relative motion, and the speed of light

I'm new to thinking about relativity, as well as phenomena related to the speed of light, time dilation, length contraction, simultaneity, etc. I am pondering a paradox. Assumptions: Motion is ...
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Relativistic mass increment [duplicate]

Is the mass increment with an increase absolute velocity of a body, a direct consequence of energy to mass conversion
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Could the rest mass be somehow considered as a very exotic kind of kinetic energy?

In its rest frame a free system of invariant mass $m$ has energy $E=mc^{2}$. That frame is moving in spacetime with a four-velocity whose magnitude is $c$. Inside my brain something asks: Would ...
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complete layman trying to understand time relativity [duplicate]

I am trying to understand intuitively why time slows down as speed increases. I have watched many pseudo-documentaries explaining the concept, but I cannot get at the core of the explanation. The ...
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Rational for the Principle of Relativity [closed]

When Galileo postulated his principle of relativity, it seems like quite a logical assumption. After all, velocities combine cleanly, and everyday observation seems to show that the laws of physics on ...
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How will the Twin Paradox become, for Time Dilation, if no acceleration was ever involved?

I think one catch in Twin Paradox was about the big acceleration that can turn back the traveling twin from light speed outward bound, to become light speed inward bound. What if there is strictly no ...
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Transmit / receive frequency differences from ground to satellites due to relativity

Clocks on GPS satellites run faster than on the surface due to relativity and must be periodically corrected to compensate (i.e. we definitely observe the difference on the ground). So, if I were ...
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Relativity Coordinate transformation of Vector [closed]

I'm taking a first course in General Relativity but I've been struggling with coordinate system transformation. For example, if I have a Vector defined in Cartesian (x,y) coordinates as $V_x=x^2+3y$ ...
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What is a metric? [closed]

I was taking a basic course in general relativity. They introduced a concept of a metric which I wasn't able to understand can somebody explain it to me why do we need a metric in curved spaces?
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What is the $ds^2$ notation in relativistic physics?

Could someone please explain me intuitively how $ds^2$ represents distance in relativistic physics?
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Newton's gravity vs Einstein's gravity

Hello so if i were to simplify the difference between gravity as seen from Newton and gravity as seen from Einstein, could i say that Einstein's gravity is just adding the fact that gravity does not ...
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How much real and how much relative is our universe?

Apologies in advance if my question appears more philosophical than practical. It is indeed philosophy, but a philosophy relating to our scientific understanding of the universe as a whole. Special ...
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When e/m varies with velocity, charge is variable

It is found that the e/m ratio of an electron varies with velocity. Current physics assumes that it is mass that is variable with speed. Is there any fundamental reason why it cannot be assumed that ...
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Can photons travel through space independent of time?

I read an article about advanced photons and they stated that photons traveled back in time to hit an electron. Can photons really travel back in time and if so, how?
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Do relativistic frames imply different realities? [duplicate]

From Einstein's principle of relativity space-time and mass are relative to the frame from which they are being observed. Now would that mean a ball moving at the speed of light wrt to earth would ...
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Does velocity or acceleration cause time dilation?

What causes time dilation? Acceleration or velocity? I've seen multiple comments on this forum that assert velocity is the cause, but that doesn't seem right to me. You can't have velocity without ...
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Is there anything we are aware of that can't be slowed by time dilation?

While thinking about the ambitions of this post: Can radioactivity be slowed through time dilation? I was asking myself, is there even anything that is dependent on time and can't be slowed through ...
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Can someone conceptually explain time dilation?

Can someone intuitively explain how physically time dilation happens? Please don't explain about the invariant speed of light and the mathematical background, I am familiar with that. I just can't ...
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Light's speed constancy

Trying to understand the special relativity I faced a problem,and have a question, well, with the speed of light being constant in every frame, the operation s=d/t (s for the speed of light d: ...
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Reference request for relativistic imaging

Being a high-school physics teacher, I always am searching for compelling and different approaches to the subject. In the case of (special) relativity a frequent curiosity arises while discussing what ...
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What is the benefit of the relativistic effects (time dilation and length contraction)? [closed]

Can an observer ever experience the relativistic effects, or he just can observe them. For an observer these effects happens only on other objects that he observe, but can he realize if he is ...