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

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What would we see if a camera orbiting close to light speed beamed down images of us on earth?

If a camera was sent up in a satellite, put in orbit at close to light speed, and instructed to beam down images to earth, what would we see if we watched its video feed? (Ignoring the fact that ...
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What is the velocity of the photon through the fourth dimension x4? [closed]

Photons are real, physical objects. The fourth dimension is a real, physical entity. Therefore, photons must have a relationship with the fourth dimension. They must have some velocity relative to ...
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What is the name of matter with $w = - \frac{1}{3}$?

What kind of "matter" is described by the following thermodynamic relation ? \begin{equation}\tag{1} p = -\, \frac{1}{3} \; \rho, \end{equation} Where $p$ and $\rho$ are the pressure and density ...
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Relativistic explanation of Radiation

I ask this question again in a simpler, shorter form. Maxwell's equations can be derived with Special relativity starting from the Coulomb's law. Therefore all the phenomena of classical ...
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Regarding off-topic questions, what's wrong with my question? [migrated]

On the page http://physics.stackexchange.com/questions/266602 I have asked a question Has the special theory of relativity been disproved theoretically i.e. logically? with the content: Here is the ...
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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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Why did Einstein retain the hypothesis of length contraction?

Why did Einstein retain the hypothesis of length contraction, which Lorentz introduced to save his æther theory, yet Einstein had no need to accept length contraction because he rejected the æther?
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Was Einstein familiar with the Michelson-Gale experiment?

Was Einstein familiar with the Michelson-Gale experiment (related to Sagnac's experiment)? If so, did Einstein explain the results of the Michelson-Gale experiment with his relativity theory? If so, ...
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Relativistic Effects Observed with Time Travel

Disclaimer: My domain knowledge on these topics is pretty minimal. I'm a "physics fan". From what I understand about relativity, if there are two identical objects, A and B, and A is stationary and B ...
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General and special relativity books [duplicate]

What are some good books on the exact unabridged theory? Please keep in mind, though, that I need a book with digestible mathematics. Many books are available with the full theory but they have higher ...
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Which planet will have a faster clock? [closed]

This is a complication to the twin paradox. Eddy stays on Earth. George goes flying quickly through space then he turns around and heads back toward Earth. As George is coasting back toward Earth ...
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Photon pair production at relativistic speeds?

This is probably an obvious question, but I don't see it answered anywhere. Imagine we have an object in the Universe that is traveling, relative to the Milkyway at about .99999999999999999999999999c ...
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relation between speed and temperature in relativistic gas

What is the correct formulation of the relation between the speed and temperature in the relativistic kinetic gas? I have found one mentioned in problem 3.24 of the third edition of Pathria's ...
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Relativity: stationary vs moving

In the book The Elegant Universe, Greene describes a situation in which there are two space travelers, George and Gracie, moving in relationship towards each other at a constant velocity with no other ...
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Is measure relative velocity the same for both observer n particle

A particle is moving at velocity v. A stationary observer tries to measure its velocity. From the observer reference frame, he will measure a shorter distance travel as compared to what the particle ...
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Need clarity about relativity/magnetism explanation

Please bear with me - this is not a duplicate question.... From what limited knowledge I have gathered, it seems that when two wires in parallel are carrying equal current, the electrons moving in ...
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Is acceleration relative?

A while back in my Dynamics & Relativity lectures my lecturer mentioned that an object need not be accelerating relative to anything - he said it makes sense for an object to just be accelerating. ...
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Why do charge on an object remains unaffected by the motion of the object?

Unlike mass, the charge on an object is said to be unaffected by the motion of the object. This statement in my text book, is not yet understood by me. I don't know theory of relativity. On ...
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How relativity affects projectile motion?

If, for example, I'm in a train traveling on earth at $.99c$, and I drop a ball from a $1~\text{m}$ height inside that train how long would it take to hit the ground from the ball's frame of reference?...
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Is it possible to express various nonlinear motions as straight lines in transformed spacetime?

I am trying to understand simple examples of space-time curvature. Assume for the moment that $c$ is infinite (classical curvature due to Newton's laws). Also, I will only consider 1+1-dimensional ...
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(Hyper)Surface of Simultaneity

How can I determine the surfaces of simultaneity if I know the metric? In particular, what are the surfaces of simultaneity for rotating disk with Langevin metric: $$ ds^2=-(1-\omega^2r^2)dt^2+2r^2\...
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Is there a fundamental picture for 'the speed of light'?

I am curious about the profound reason for the concept of 'the speed of light'. My considerations are: (1) It's related with the structure of spacetime (for example in Penrose's twistor plan),so ...
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Feynman's proof for Liénard-Wiechert's potential of a moving charge

Feynman's proof utilizes a geometrical and fundamental integration argument. I like it, except this bit: What makes me unconfortable somehow is that in (c) we are counting in some of the charge we ...
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If Speed is Relative can Absolute Acceleration be Real

This is , I suppose not a good question , but I think I am missing something which confuses me in this question. So my question is - Velocity is relative. So suppose a car is moving at a speed 200 ...
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Relativity and predictability

My old theoretical physics professor used to say that (already) (special?) relativity shows that "the future is not predictable". Any ideas how this should be interpreted?
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How to prove the raising/lowering indices operation?

I've read this related question, though it didn't satisfy me; I hope this complements it. I know that if I contract a covariant tensor ${A_{\alpha\beta}}$ with a vector ${B^\beta}$, I get some other ...
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What is physical meaning of Lorentz boost?

Physical meaning of spatial part of Lorentz transform is, obviously, rotations in R-space. Does anybody have a nice physical interpretation of boosts though? I can understand to some extent off-...
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Symmetry, Space-Time interval, and Coordinate Time

I had the following question I was working from a book: Question: A physics professor runs across the hallway covering 120 ns of distance in 150 ns of time as measured in the frame of the earth....
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According to relativity theory, what is the force that two electrons moving radially apart exert on each other?

According to relativity theory, what is the most general expression for the force that two electrons moving radially apart exert on each other? I am looking for a function $$F(r(t)),$$ where $F$ is ...
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The speed of light and sound in materials

Obviously, nothing moves faster than the speed of light in a vacuum. Light propagates through materials slower than in a vacuum, and that rate is often related to the specific frequency. Is there a ...
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Is this the correct method for deriving E=mc^2?

So lately I tried to deriving Einstein's $$ E = mc^2$$ which later I found from this website : http://www.emc2-explained.info/Emc2/Derive.htm They use calculus based method, so I tried another way. ...
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Homogenity and Isotropicity of space

In school it is given that law of conservation of momentum is a result of homogeneity of space and law of conservation of angular momentum is a result of isotropicity of space but what is isotropicity ...
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Relativity theory - lower end of falling to Earth object moves slower or faster than higher end?

According to relativity, time slows close to gravitational field (I prefer to say the processes with which we measure Time slows). (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hafele%E2%80%93Keating_experiment) - "...
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How to prepare mental skills to understand relativity theory? [closed]

Upto the high- school, I had to admit and write-on-exam the strange, counter-intuitive statements of relativity theory; those I could not believe. Now, I'm not a physics or math-student, (and indeed ...
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Relativity on a universal scale

Imagine there was a clock on a planet the same size as earth, travelling at the same speed through space, and that this planet was at the most distant part of the universe from earth. If we had a ...
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If I have a huge analog clock, what happens to the seconds hand if I build it longer than 2.864.788 kms? [duplicate]

Suppose I'm able to build a huge analog clock, with a seconds hand very long. I want have hand end running at light speed (300,000 km/s). Needle then has to be 300,000km*60s/(2pi) = about 2,864,788km (...
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How does rotation of a mass affect the geometry of space? [closed]

I understand (or rather, I have been told, but do not understand) that a large mass can distort space by its rotation. While I am somewhat familiar with the concept of a mass distorting space and ...
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Expansion of the Universe and Relativistic Mass

First let's say that all velocities are relative to the centroid of mass of the Universe. Given that every body in the universe is accelerating apart from every other, and mass increases with velocity ...
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How do I draw the Minkowski diagram of a event in two inertial systems when t=t'=0?

An Introduction to Mechanics" by David Kleppner & Robert Kolenkow, 1st Edition, 12.1 Assume that v= 0.6c . Find the coordinates in S' of the following events: a). x=4 [m], t= 0[s] b). x=4 [m], ...
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An unknow atom has the shown energy levels

In an excersice i found, a supposed atom called fictitious (Fi) has the following energy levels: Then i´m asked: A) The energies of the emitted photons after a gas of Fi is bombarded with ...
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Merging black holes makes them less dense, so

According to What is exactly the density of a black hole and how can it be calculated? (more specifically, John's answer here made me think: if you merge a whole load of chunks of an element heavier ...
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Fastest Speed of Sound

Obviously, sound (like every other causal phenomena) may not travel faster than the speed of light. I know that materials with a high bulk modulus and low density will typically have faster speeds of ...
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How can time be a dimension when it is relative? [closed]

I understand that by definition dimension is defined by just another coordinate to pin-point something in space-time. Therefore we need to know not only where but when. At the same time, this somehow ...
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Usage of tensors in physics [closed]

As I understand it, tensors are multi-linear maps that map vectors (and dual vectors) to real (or complex) numbers, but I'm hoping to gain some intuition as to why they are useful in physics. Is it ...
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If we actually conducted a twin paradox experiment using a rocket launched from earth

Does the equivalent acceleration / deceleration required to reach whatever speed then come back and rest in the original frame of reference zero out the time dilation effects for each party? So if we ...
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Does Heat Cause Time Dilation?

Since heat is defined as the movement of molecules, and because of relativity time slows for faster moving objects, would a hot object be in a slower time frame then a cooler object, because the hot ...
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Proper time for an accelerating object

As far as I have read so far, proper time is the time measured on the clock of an inertial frame moving uniformly with respect to another inertial frame. The concept and the mathematical expression ...
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Frame dragging VS Mach's principle: rotating body in an empty universe

What I understand about Mach's principle VS modern physics: According to classical physics, there are ways to distinguish weather a body is rotating or not. For example if it is rotating, the ...
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Space-like and time-like: where do the names come from?

Space-like separated events are events that, in a well-chosen reference frame, can take place at the same time but never happen at the same location. On the other hand for time-like events, one can ...
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According to Einstein & Brian Greene, does the photon remain stationary in the fourth dimension? [duplicate]

According to Einstein and Brian Greene, does it logically follow that the photon remains stationary in the fourth dimension? In An Elegant Universe, Brian Greene writes: “Einstein found that ...