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Book recommendation for atomic & molecular physics

What are some wonderful books about modern physics for a sophomore undergrad to learn atomic & molecular physics? Some easygoing books for a start up would go well.
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Books on Quantum Measurement

I have been trying to understand clearly the concept of non locality, hidden variables, quantum measurement etc through research papers. I also read Quantum Theory and measurment by Wheeler and Zurek ...
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Reference request for supersymmetric localization

I would like to ask for some readable introduction or maybe review of the technique of supersymmetric localization for $\mathcal{N}=1,2$ SUSY theories. I would like a different one than the one people ...
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What is the most appropriate book to find out about cosmology? [duplicate]

I am looking of the best book to learn about cosmology,because i am a dummy as far cosmology is concerned!Can anyone suggest me a good book to understand everything related to cosmology and ...
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Optics Network NEED good Reference or TEXT

I am using Optical Networks: A Practical Perspective, 3rd Edition (Amazon link) as a reference for studying optics network. The main focus of the course is rather on the layer, data, and protocol side ...
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Fluid Mechanics Textbook Request [duplicate]

I'm looking for a textbook with which to independently study fluid mechanics. I have been searching a bit by myself, and my problem with what I have found so far is that the texts assumed certain ...
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Introduction to writing efficient simulations for scientists [closed]

Obviously CS and Software Engineers spend a lot of time learning how to efficiently write programs to perform tasks. Us physicists may not exactly have the luxury of having a skilled programmer on ...
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Are there resources for simulating and/or theoretically describing solitons?

Recently there are striking new ideas emerging on "lower level" dynamics with respect to quantum mechanics involving fluid mechanics principles, including hints of soliton-like aspects to particle ...
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Where can I find spectral data for materials?

The chemical library of ChemSpider has a dedicated section for spectra, but I haven't found any materials that have such data. Is there a (public) database of spectral data?
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Reference for the non-perturbative origin of the baryon masses

I'm looking for nice introductions to the non-perturbative generation of the baryon masses.
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How to find references from publications in the physics literature?

Coming from Computer Science, I'm a bit puzzled about the format of references in physics publications. They usually lack a title, which I'm usually using to locate a publication online (for obtaining ...
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Resource commendations for SUSY gauge theory [duplicate]

Does anyone know of recent SUSY gauge theory reviews aimed at the graduate student? Preferably something to bring the reader up to speed?
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Everyday phenomena for physicists

I am a physicist by training and like to learn more about everyday phenomena, i.e. how things work. All books on this rather general topic go in the direction of introducing physics, they want to ...
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St Venant-Kirchhoff energy from geometric principles

Is there a good reference that derives the St. Venant-Kirchhoff energy of a surface from first principles, from a geometric perspective? (Ie explaining the metric of the surface, how it can be used to ...
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Supergravity prerequisites for branes in string theory [duplicate]

I have a one-semester background in string theory (bosonic string theory, the NSR string, conformal field theory), but I have not taken any full length courses on supersymmetry and supergravity. I'm ...
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Available material on Giant Gravitons

I am looking for a pedagogical introduction to giant gravitons (if one exists!). I have basic string theory/SUSY knowledge but no introduction to AdS/CFT. (Do I need to do some reading on AdS/CFT ...
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Books/resources for statistical field theory

I was wondering if anyone knows good, approachable textbook or other resources about statistical field theory (topics like in Kardar's Statistical physics of fields: lattice models, mean field theory, ...
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Recommendations of books on Newtonian cosmology (without reference to general relativity)

I only know basic special relativity, but am interested in learning Newtonian cosmology. I have heard that on introductory level, most of the material can be generated purely from Newton's work. I am ...
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Recommendation on books with problems for general relativity?

I am reading Sean Carroll's book on GR and have read the first two chapters, which are on manifolds and differential geometry. However, there are only 12 problems for both chapters. In fact, there ...
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Resource recommendation: book that does not cover statistical mechanics specifically with thermodynamics in mind?

Statistical mechanics by its plain definition is a broad field, but most introductory textbooks focus on its applications in thermodynamics. Are there introductory texts that take up a broader view of ...
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Navier-Stokes equations through a orifice [closed]

I have reactor that looks as follows : In the first part, my reactants flow in. The reaction is started and generates heat as a result. It then expands slightly into the second part where after ...
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Delta functional in path integrals - reference needed

In a few articles dealing with path integral quantization I came across some calculations where apparently identities of the form \begin{equation} \int (\mathcal{D}\Phi)\, ...
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Where can I find a video on Liouville Non-Critical String Path Integral?

Would anybody know of a video lecture course in which Polyakov's non-critical string path integral $$Z = \int D [\psi(\xi)]\, \, \exp \left\{ \frac{D-26}{48 ...
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Web utility for viewing $x$-$t$, $v$-$t$, and $a$-$t$ graphs

I'm wondering if there exists any utility on the web which displays $x$-$t$, $v$-$t$, and $a$-$t$ graphs for, say, a number of well considered example animations. The utility should allow pausing, ...
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How can an inverted anharmonic potential $V(x)=-x^4$ have discrete bound states?

I've been watching the lectures on mathematical physics by Carl Bender on youtube where he uses the non-Hermitian Hamiltonian methods to prove that the inverted anharmonic potential $V(x)=-x^4$ has a ...
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What's the best GR book for recreational study? [closed]

I currently have four books. Hartle Schutz Cheng Carroll (lecture notes) Which one is best for me to read easily? (especially, for foreigners) Or Do you guys can give good recommendations that ...
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Textbook recommendation for computational physics

Can anyone recommend some good textbooks for undergraduate level computational physics course? I am using numerical recipe but find it not a very good textbook.
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Study material for quantum mechanics [duplicate]

I want to study quantum mechanics. But I don't know what and which topics of mathematics are required. I know a bit of differential calculus. But what else is needed to study a bit advanced quantum ...
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Good book for learning about mathematical foundation of quantum physics [duplicate]

I've been trying to slog through Quantum Physics for Dummies, but can't even get past the first chapter. There's a lot of talk of Bras, Kets, and Hilbert spaces, but I feel I'm missing the ...
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Open source computer algebra systems for general relativity

I would like to use an open source computer algebra system (CAS) for research in general relativity. Kindly suggest a good choice between Ipython and Sage. I am more interested in the theoretical ...
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A good textbook on Introduction to Quantum Mechanics? [duplicate]

I'm starting my master in Physics. I've taken some Quantum classes before, but nothing as serious as this. I would like now to really go in detail with all the concepts of QM. My professor recommended ...
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Literature on semiconductor modeling

Analysis and Simulation of Semiconductor Devices by Selberherr (Amazon link) seems to be the book on the basics of the craft, yet it was written in 1984. Are there any more recent books or have the ...
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Simple math used for physics

I read the book "Analysis 1" by Harro Heuser about calculus and it several interesting chapters about applications of mathematics for physics. For example there was one part of the chapter, which ...
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Test the non-signaling principle

Has the non-signaling principle in quantum mechanics been tested experimentally? References to research articles are really appreciated!
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Einstein's equation: good, intuitive introduction anywhere? [duplicate]

Baez - like most others - gives (IMHO) a quite unsatisfactory introduction to Einstein's equation. They all start with the equivalence principle or similarly unintuitive reasoning, relating it to ...
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Books on cosmology

I am a 14 year old who is independently studying physics. I finished the book: Spacetime and Geometry: An Introduction to General Relativity by Sean Carroll. I am specifically interested in cosmology, ...
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Variational calculus needed for QFT [duplicate]

Where can one learn the variational calculus needed for QFT? Im not sure a whole book of super rigorous treatment is what i need.
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Resources for Kinematics [duplicate]

I find that I am having difficulty solving problems dealing with kinematics such as a ball being thrown and the air and being asked to find initial velocity as well as time. My main issue is the fact ...
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Good books for fluid mechanics [duplicate]

Hi everyone I'm new to this web-site. Over the years I have become more and more interested in applied fluid mechanics. Specifically nano to micro fluidics. As a chemist my mathematical background ...
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Which one is good for starters in QM? Principles of Quantum mechanics by Dirac or by Shankar? [duplicate]

I've learnt a bit of linear algebra and both single variable and multivariable calculus.
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Reference request: Relation between $Sp(N)$, $Spin(N) $, $SU(N)$ groups and physics [duplicate]

I want to understand the relationship of the so common $SU(N)$ and $SO(N)$ groups in physics with the symplectic group which I think is the double cover of the first and the Spin groups $Spin(N)$. Is ...
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Is Physics being formally documented somewhere?

Physics is an extremely diverse subject, growing rapidly by the second with new phenomenon being discovered and mapped every day. So, is it all being formally documented somewhere? I'm ...
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Undergrad Textbook on the Dirac Picture

From what I've seen, undergraduate textbooks on quantum mechanics generally focus on the Schrodinger picture and only possibly mention the Heisenberg and Dirac pictures near the end of the texts. Is ...
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Statistical Mechanics of Interacting particles [duplicate]

I am looking for other references about Statistical Mechanics of Interacting particles about Just the Method of Quantized Fields.This is the Title of Chapter 11 of Pathria (edition 1). If someone know ...
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GRE subject exam advice [duplicate]

So, I would like to ask those of you who have had this experience for some advice. What book is best for GRE subject exam? I have noticed that some books online have mistakes, so I would like if you ...
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Recommendations for Complex variable calculus [Physics Oriented]

I'm looking for a good book Complex variable calculus that give a really good mathematical background for a physicist. I already know real-variable calculus and vector calculus and I'm also ...
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Are there universally accepted definitions for physics concepts? [closed]

Is there a list of definitions that have been agreed on by physicists so that everyone's understanding of a term is approximately the same? I have been reading some basic books and they usually give ...
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Good Resource for Classifying Statistical Mechanics Problems [closed]

I've grown very interested in statistical mechanics ever since I took my first course in it. However, it feels like it is just overflowing with many types of problems and plenty of categories to ...
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What would be suggested books for beginners to Zeeman Effect and Quantum Physics? [duplicate]

I have great interest for learning what Quantum Mechanics governs and the Zeeman Effect; however, I have no idea where to start. I believe that the best books are recommended by fellow academics who ...
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Configuration Space And Hilbert Space For A Physicist Without Knowledge Of Analysis

I have passed calculus course, have basic knowledge of complex numbers and passed introductory linear algebra course. I am trying to study Griffith Quantum Mechanics book, but I am also checking some ...