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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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Summer internship 2015 for international students [on hold]

I am asking for summer internship 2015 on physics for international undergraduate students inside US and European country?
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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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Laser, wire, and a circle of light

So, when I point a laser at a piece of wire (pointed at a specific angle), a circle of light appears on a wall behind it (see image below). I am trying to see why this happens and if there are any ...
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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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Programming language for scientific computation [closed]

What is the best language to learn for scientific computation, Fortran, C, Python?
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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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Basic Hydrodynamics Software? [closed]

What software would you recommend me to see/simulate basic hydrodynamics theory? Like communicated vessels, Pascal and Bernoulli principles, etc.
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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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What is mathematical physics and where to start learning it? [closed]

I don't understand completely the difference between theoretical and mathematical physics. I heard many people using the two words as synonyms, but I feel that there is a subtle difference between the ...
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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 ...
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Learning Physics [duplicate]

What's the best way to start learning Physics from home? I haven't touched it since my high school course. I know of Coursera and youtube videos? Are there any other sources that anyone can recommend? ...
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References or resource recommendation for the mathematics concerning fission

I am working on a statistical problem that appears similar (in some respects...) to nuclear fission. I am interested in the properties of a system undergoing fission around, or near, delayed ...
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Quantum cloning of orthonormal states

If I understand correctly, for two orthonormal states $\left|\psi_1\right\rangle$ and $\left|\psi_2\right\rangle$ in the Hilbert space H, there must exist a unitary transformation $U$, such that: ...
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What are some good physics websites for learning in general? [duplicate]

As a 17-year-old who is interested in physics and especially in the laws of the universe, what are some good websites that are clear explanations and straight to the point?
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A modern version of Landau theoretical minimum? [duplicate]

Can anyone point to me any modern books that are similar to Landau's book in scope and depth, these books used to serve as the backbone that determines one’s level of scientific culture, and since ...
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Which program to use to draw condensed matter phase diagrams? [duplicate]

I have data in three columns: first two columns give us the (x,y) coordinate of different points and third column gives us the phase of the physical state represented by that specific point. Now, ...
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Best book for learning Quantum Communication [duplicate]

I am new in Quantum physics. I want to do my BSc thesis on Quantum Communication. My major is Communication. So I want to learn fast. I have little idea about quantum computing. So please suggest me ...
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Practical Book on Hamiltonian and Lagrangians? [duplicate]

Are there any terse, accessible books that are geared specifically at learning these two formalisms and how to effectively use them? So far I've only see either topic introduced as a part of another ...
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Research papers readable by first years? [closed]

This coming Spring I'll be running a Mechanics I lab for freshman (as a teaching assistant) and I'll have some say as to the way I do it. So I was thinking it would be nice if I could find some ...
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Is there a textbook which covers QM via Geometric Algebra (GA)?

There is at least one good book on classical mechanics using Geometric Algebra (GA): New Foundations in Classical Mechanics by David Hestenes. Likewise there is at least one good book on classical ...
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Good references for mathematics of sound attenuation? [closed]

I am looking for recommendations for good references for mathematical modeling of sound attenuation.
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Greiner or Landau for Math major student? [closed]

For textbook series by Greiner or Landau, is it recommended to start reading for math major students, who have no serious physics background, but comfortable with maths ? It seems that both Greiner ...
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String theory online resources [duplicate]

I am a calculus 3 student (just starting multivariable calculus) and going to start out with linear algebra. I also am pretty knowledgable on classical mechanics (such as the Lagrangian, Hamiltonian ...
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Textbook for relativity: modern version of Bondi's Relativity and Common Sense?

I am looking for a textbook on relativity for school children. A background in simple vector based mechanics could be assumed. Primarily it needs to be readable at high school English reading level ...
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What is Optimal Control Theory and Controllability Theory?

I was exploring the methods to analyze the evolution of a system from one quantum state to another using a suitable Hamiltonian. Some searching led me to the keywords Controllability Theory and ...
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Books on experimental methods, fluid mechanics related

I need some good books on experimental methods, requirements are: Fluid mechanics related; Thermal, multi-phase etc. topics should be covered; Traditional methods are good, but it would be greater ...