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

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Spacelike interval and length contraction

I am having a serious trouble finding an agreement between the two facts in Special Relativity: (1) given two events $A$ and $B$ in spacetime separeted by a spacelike interval $s$, the distance in ...
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Can you tell your absolute speed in space?

Normally in relativity your speed can only be known relative to another object, given that as one approaches light speed more energy is required to accelerate faster, based on the energy consumption ...
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What is the pace of absolute time

How fast or slow compared to my alarm clock time does time passes in a place where there is no gravitational pull and where you are not moving. I don't know if my question is clear, but is there some ...
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what if an object moves with speed of light,does it converts into energy or mass?

If a mass is moving with speed of light does it converts into energy of remains as mass it self?As per relativity theory if a mass moves with speeds comparable to speed of light then the time on the ...
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For a rocket travelling to a planet, which reference frame measures the dilated time?

I'm getting into some confusion with relativity. Consider a rocket and the Earth as two observers, and then the rocket travels to a distant star. Is the proper time taken measured in the frame of ...
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Expected result of vertical Michelson-Morley Experiment [duplicate]

What would the result of a vertical variation of the Michelson-Morley experiment be? I.e., if one were to compare light traveling along a horizontal arm with light traveling along a vertical arm ...
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What happened to potential energy?

I was learning how charge can be virtue of a body's potential energy.Meanwhile,I was hung by this question. [gravitational and other forces except coulombic,are assumed to be not acting on the ...
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gamma-gamma collision seen from a relativistic rocket

This is a thought experiment. Consider two photons traveling at right angles and intersecting at some point. As seen from Earth these photons will not interact with each other because their energy is ...
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light travels a maximum speed… /? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is it possible for information to be transmitted faster than light? we know that speed of light is an unconquerable term in physics..light takes about 1 year to travel ...
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The Lorentz Transformations in the Micro-World

Two particles[or micro-observers] A and B are in relative uniform motion wrt each other in the x-x’ direction. The “observer” A decides to deduce[or interpret] the Lorentz Transformations wrt to B. ...
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Magnetic field existence - a relativistic approach

Recently I learnt that magnetic force is equal to relativistic electrostatic force. With this approach I was able to understand the motion of a charged particle kept near a current carrying conductor. ...
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How to prove that “all unaccelerated frames behave likely for all isolated bodies”? [closed]

Say in an unaccelerated frame "S" a "isolated body A" moves with constancy of velocity , can we predict mathematically that any other such body B will move with same velocity in that frame.... My ...
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Time dilation and reference frame in an orbiting context [closed]

I have looked for other answers, but most confused me more than clarified and did not provide specific calculations. So I am still struggling with this simple question. Consider two persons, $P_a$ ...
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Are there any well-known large body objects moving at a significant fraction of the speed of light relative to earth?

Introduction I've been reading a book called PsychoPhysics, part of the "Illuminati God Series" by Mike Hockney (a pseudonym). Without getting into too much detail, they basically believe that the ...
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Black Holes and Einstein Field Equations

I recently watched a video where Michio Kaku argues that there must be something fundamentally wrong with the theory of General Relativity because it gives time t=0 as a solution at the centre of a ...
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Einsteins thought experiment on travelling with a light wave

This might be better suited to the science.history.SE; but I thought I would try here first. Einstein reportedly considered a thought experiment where one considers travelling alongside a light wave; ...
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Why does gravity affect time?

So Special Relativity states that for all non-accelerating objects of matter the laws of physics are the same. I'm confused on why this law of physic applies to objects in acceleration and gravity ...
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Dirichlet boundary conditions in space-time?

In the context of string theory, and world sheets the Dirichlet boundary conditions can be written as: $$\frac{\partial X^\mu(\tau,\sigma_1)}{\partial \tau}=0$$ where $\sigma_1$ is the value of the ...
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Did at least one photon go straight and never interact, and is that the one true clock?

This is a late night thought, and I apologize if it's something many have already thought of. Did at least one photon go straight out from the origin of the big bang and continue at C until now? If ...
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Space: a vacuous void or an entity?

I am a chemist and, until recently, a senior Research Manager with a major chemical company. Please excuse the potentially naive ramblings of an idiot in what follows, but I do not have the ...
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Is the intuition of “absolute simultaneity” necessarily wrong?

I read about Einstein’s theories of relativity with all the interesting stuff like time dilation, mass increase and whatnot. And also about the relativity or conventionality of simultaneity. The ...
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Michelson & Morley

I KNOW this is a common question in it's topic, but not in this form.. I'm reading a book which explains the significance of certain aspects of experiments.. This section is called "null ...
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Orbital variations [closed]

My question relates to relativity and the warping of spacetime. If the geodesics approaching the star are coplanar with the ecliptic how can polar planetary orbits form?
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Higgs field and the null geodesic

How does coupling to the Higgs field take a particle with a spacetime interval of zero and give it a non-zero value, i.e, how does it move it off the null geodesic? [of course, the Higgs field is ...
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Doesn't the second postulate of special relativity imply the existence of “luminiferous ether”? [closed]

Einstein expressed his Second Postulate in On the Electrodynamics of Moving Bodies as: light is always propagated in empty space with a definite velocity $c$ which is independent of the state of ...
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can interaction between a massless fermion and external sourse exist?

For example, let's consider the electromagnetic interaction between a massless fermion and a electromagnetic externel sourse $A^\mu$, then the lagrangian is ...
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Mass in terms of special relativity

According to special relativity mass doesnt add up like we think it does. That is, a system of 2 protons might not necessarily have a system mass of 2*(mass of one proton). If the protons are ...
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Two body particle problem with reduced mass

When we have two bodies and a central force acting towards the center of each other, we could treat the whole problem as a one body problem by introducing the relative coordinate. My question is, when ...
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What is the significance of Einsteins postulate on speed of light?

Einstein postulated that the speed of light in free space is the same for all observers, regardless of their motion relative to the light source, where we may think of an observer as an imaginary ...
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What would a person *unmoving* look like on a Minkowski diagram?

If you were to draw a person on a Minkowski diagram, that was unmoving (though time was still passing) what would that look like? (As a light cone and ignore the observer.) Also what would it look ...
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Black hole accretion of dark energy

Dark energy physically can be interpreted as either a fluid with positive mass but pressure the negative of its density (pressure has units of energy/volume, and energy is mass), or a property of ...
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Photons in a gravitational field

I have been really staring for a while in a MP-Beiser book and I totally disagree with a statement he does there. On a page 85 he states that photons act as they have a mass $m$. He derives this by ...
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Causal reconnection

Can causally disconnected regions join up again? For example the universe is expanding faster than light creating cosmological horizon, but what if something causes the expansion to slow down and ...
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When travelling in the direction of light, what is my relative velocity?

If suppose I am traveling in the same direction as that of light, the relative velocity I am traveling with is speed of light + my speed in the direction of light. Is this correct? Does this have ...
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F=ma is true in an accelerating coordinate system [closed]

There are plenty of similar topics about the physical or intuitive meaning of the equivalence principle or statement such as ''laws of physics are true in every frame of reference''. Usually answers ...
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Double the mass in the universe, double the inertia

If I double (halve) the mass in the visible universe, will my inertia double (halve)? I think it should, at least as soon ''I have received the news of this doubling''. But what does the General ...
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Relative speed of Geostationary satellite with respect to earth?

I was wondering whether relative speed of geostationary satellite with respect to earth is zero or not.Since angular velocity of satellite about earth is same as angular speed of earth about its own ...
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If time is like space, why entropy always increases with time? [duplicate]

If time is like space, why entropy always increases with time I should not be able to distinguish whether I am going forwards or backwards in time. As entropy always increase with time. I can ...
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How does a flash of light appear to a high speed observer

Imagine two dark chambers separated by a light-proof partition each with a 30m high ceiling. Chamber A has a letter A painted in white on its black ceiling, chamber B has the letter B also in white on ...
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Why does the light beam moves diagonally?

In almost all articles that explains Relativity or Time dilation. They start by saying the the Light is absolute and isn't affected by the inertial frames of reference yet when they start to explain ...
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In a system of two charges, if one charge disappears, does the force on other charge vanish instantaneouly?

It is commonly asked that if the sun dissappears, will earth shoot off in a tangent instantaneously or after some time. We know from the theory of relativity that the gravity waves travel at the speed ...
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Relativistic time dilation on Mars compared to Earth?

What is the time dilation in Mars, compared to earth? Can we accurately calculate it? What information is needed to do these calculations?
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Relativity and “light years”

As I understand relativity, time is relative to your velocity, meaning your watch moves slower relative to those who are stationary (relatively) when moving at great speeds. So if that's true then ...
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Why does photon have to travel in sideways to hit the light clock?

From this article, Let’s say Alice is holding a light clock, and Bob is watching her run by, while holding it, with speed V. Alice is standing still (according to Alice), and the time,$ \tau$, ...
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Relativistic Effects of Radioactive Decay in Carbon Dating

Theoretically if in early years the earth was moving at an astronomically different pace (whether in orbit or rotation, whatever sounds better) wouldn't that alter the science of carbon dating? As I ...
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Using Lorentz transformations

The question states that two particles in a high-energy accelerator experiment approach each other head-on with a relative speed of $0.890 \, c$. Both particles travel at the same speed on a straight ...
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Can everything be described without anything needing to actually “bend”? [closed]

Is space bending because gravity actually causes small particles to move differently? If large source of gravity is somewhere are particles extending towards it, creating a "bend" in space? So "bend" ...
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Influence of spacetime curvature on electromagnetic wave propagation [duplicate]

Classical physics assumes that spacetime is evenly distributed in the sense that Coulomb's Law predicts that a charged particle will create a spherically symmetric electric field around its location. ...
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Time and speed - Theory of relativity - 'felt time'

Assuming time is relative according to the objects current speed, means that a clock within a space shuttle which has 30% of light speed is 'ticking' slower than a clock staying on planet earth just ...