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What are the proposed theoretical explanations for the EmDrive?

The EmDrive is a proposed propulsion mechanism for spacecraft in which some form of microwave device provides the propulsion. The consensus from the physics community, including many voices on this ...
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Where should I start learning Landau's theory of superfluidity?

Where should I start learning Landau's theory of superfluidity? For a second year undergraduate.
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Recommended books about vorticity

Could anyone suggest a good introductory book or any online resource about vorticity? I just now started to learn physics but I have a good mathematical background.
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Best Materials Science Introduction Book?

What would you suggest as a good introduction to materials science? (Prior usage and examples would be wonderful, my particular focus is neutron scattering). What I've Found So Far: Materials ...
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A book to read that explains the principles of quantum mechanics [duplicate]

I abandoned a formal education in physics in favor for a medicine degree, but I still can't shake my love for physics. However, I only want to read about the principles and ideas, not so much be able ...
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Articles discussing examples of Kaluza-Klein Reduction

The notes for my class on Kaluza-Klein reduction are a bit all over the place and at times it's difficult to follow what's going on. (I plan on asking a specific question about an example later). For ...
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Popular books on QM

After some discussions with my friend about some "popular" aspects of quantum mechanics, my friend asked me whether there exist any books that could convey the basic ideas in a non-technical way (my ...
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Dark matter and dark energy references

I've been looking for questions about dark matter, and I've read some very interesting answers. However, I desire too look into it deeply. This is not actually a question. I'm asking the community ...
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Comprehensive book on group theory for physicists?

I am looking for a good source on group theory aimed at physicists. I'd prefer one with a good general introduction to group theory, not just focusing on Lie groups or crystal groups but one that ...
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What is a complete book for quantum field theory? [closed]

I am searching for a complete and comprehensive book for QFT. What is, in your opinion, a good one?
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Quantization of free real scalar massless field in 2d

Is there a reference to literature where one explicitly constructs quantization of the free real scalar massless field in the 2-dimensional space-time? In particular, how the propagator looks like? ...
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Books about non-euclidean geometry [duplicate]

I study physics and want to know the best books to learn non-euclidean geometry in an easy way.
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Can someone help me to do the math? [duplicate]

This might seems off topic or something, but I am a middle school student and i'm really into Quantum Field Theory and String theory and every video on youtube or article on the internet shows only ...
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Book to study Dirac delta function from a physics point of view [duplicate]

I am a beginning physics graduate student. I am often bewildered by the strange properties of the Dirac delta function such as: $\delta (a x)= \frac{1}{a} \delta (x)$ The derivative of $\delta (x)$ ...
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Book covering differential geometry and topology required for physics and applications

I am a physics undergrad, and interested to learn Topology so far as it has use in Physics. Currently I am trying to study Topological solitons but bogged down by some topological concepts. I am not ...
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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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Clear, coherent electromagnetism textbook [duplicate]

I have recently finished a year-long introductory undergraduate course on electromagnetism, but I did not get a very good sense of how everything fits together conceptually. Are there any good ...
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Book recommendations on geometrical methods for physicists (like Topology, Diff. Geometry) [duplicate]

I would like to obtain a book that has to do with geometrical methods/subjects for physicists. When I say geometrical methods/subjects I mean things like Topology, Differential Geometry, Lie ...
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How to learn celestial mechanics?

I'm a PhD student in math and am really excited about celestial mechanics. I was wondering if anyone could give me a roadmap for learning this subject. The amount of information about it on the ...
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Books on Celestial Mechanics [duplicate]

My background is mathematics. I would like to study celestial (not classical) mechanics and looking for an appropriate book. I found that somebody has already asked a similar question "How to learn ...
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Journals which publish articles on Celestial Mehanics [duplicate]

I'm from mathematics and want to study celestial mechanics further. In order to know literature at research level, I would like to know in which journals we can find papers on celestial mechanics. The ...
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Bachelor of Science: Physics. Poor math background, still doable? [duplicate]

I have a very great interest in physics. I'm in my last year of high school and unfortunately I only have 3 hours of math a week at the moment. Now, I'd like to go and do physics next year and I will ...
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Cavity resonator modelling and simulation of em fields inside the cavity

I want to model a cylindrical cavity resonator and study the different modes of em fields inside it using MATLAB/COMSOL. Please refer me books/articles or other resources so that I can achieve my goal....
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What is a good Primer on the subject of Physics? [duplicate]

There are a lot of textbooks available for this subject, however what is "the best" (IYO) textbook/reference guide? This is assuming the student has zero background in the subject and simply wants to ...
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Ising model as quantum model?

I've read in a few papers things that use the fact that the $2D$ Ising model can be interpreted as a $1+1$ quantum spin model. I haven't been able to find this description and would like to read about ...
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Newtonian Gravity Simulator?

Could anyone suggest me a good (and possibly free) Newtonian Gravity Simulator software available on the web, where it might be possible to simulate the Solar System dynamics and playing with it, by ...
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Is there a standard resource that lists all understood particle-particle relationships?

I am just starting to dig a little deeper into particle interactions, and just have an introductory college physics background (no quantum mechanics). But I am interested in the conditions of the ...
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Literatur recommendations for QCD Self study [duplicate]

Im a Computer Science Student with String physisch background, nur vety wrack formal Math Education In physisch the most advanced Theorie coursr I Tool was Quantum statistics, nur I have absolutely no ...
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What are good books for graduates/undergraduates in Astrophysics?

There are no book recommendations for Astrophysics here. I will write my own answer, but I am also interested in what are others' views on the question (I will NOT mark my own answer as the best one).
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Are there a catalog for various potentials used in inflaton theory, or string theory, or inflation?

The question is if there exist a catalog of various field potentials (one field, two-field, and multi-field) in the literature and the corresponding effects in field theory? I know that the question ...
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Mueller matrix and Lorentz group

I have just learned about Stokes vectors and Mueller matrices for description of polarized light. In the text I studied there is clear restriction for the Stokes vector $\vec S$ that $S^2_0=S^2_1+S^...
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What is geomagnetic text? [closed]

What is meant by the term "GEOMAGNETIC TEXT"? I googled it but could not find any information about it. My textbook mentioned it as some kind of reference book and tells that calculated magnetic field ...
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Where can I get an introduction to the mathematics behind Hofstadter's Butterfly?

Are there any good books that give good mathematical/physical background to the workings of the Hofstadter's Butterfly? I'd appreciate some references. Books or Public access papers will work. ...
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Free Optics Simulation Programs

I'm having an extremely difficult time finding an optics program that is easy to use and offers accurate physics simulations. I'm not asking for much, I just want to be able to simulate a laser going ...
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What software programs are used to draw physics diagrams, and what are their relative merits?

Undoubtedly, people use a variety of programs to draw diagrams for physics, but I am not familiar with many of them. I usually hand-draw things in GIMP which is powerful in some regards, but it is ...
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Scalable tool (engine) for simulating the universe

Does there exist a large scale scalable tool (engine) for simulating the universe that incorporates both quantum mechanics and cosmology, i.e. micro & macro scales? (It would be best if this tool ...
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Software to simulate and visualize atoms?

Not sure if this is a physics or chemistry question. But if the motion of atoms and it's particles can be described by quantum mechanics, then is there a software that simulate full atoms and it's ...
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General approach to Mechanics? [duplicate]

So, I know that this question may be tough to answer, but I am asking this question in all seriousness, and I don't consider myself a newbie... Lately, I am trying to find a way to "generalize" my ...
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Reference request: QFT and AdS/CFT for information theorists

There is a lot of buzz recently about connections between quantum information theory and quantum field theory/string theory. I would like to understand in particular how quantum information methods ...
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Good books for understanding Lagrangian formulation of classical fields?

I want to understand Lagrangian formulation for classical fields and apply it to understand constrained dynamics. Currently I am referring to "A modern approach: Classical Mechanics" by ECG Sudarshan, ...
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Physics 3 recommended book with solutions [duplicate]

I'm new to this forum and wanted to ask for a recommendation for a book which has these subjects with problems and solutions:(if this is not a valid question please tell me) -Intro to Waves -Fourier ...
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Electromagnetic four-potential for Kerr-Newman solution

Any textbook or paper on the Kerr-Newman metric I found contains the solution for the electromagnetic tensor $ F^{\mu}_{\phantom{\mu} \nu}$. Can you provide a (reliable) reference for the solution ...
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Books about musical acoustics

Apart from physics, I love music and I want to learn about musical acoustics. I know some things, but the problem is that most of musical acoustics books are written for musicians. That means that ...
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Any freeware or shareware (demo/evaluation version) software to peak match XRD precalculated pattern?

I have an XRD data with an already calculated pattern from another analysis software and I need to peak match this pattern to XRD database. Is there freeware or shareware to do it. I tried crystal ...
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Book recommendations on physics of music and musical instruments [duplicate]

I am pursuing a degree in Mathematics and have a strong interest on music. I would like to understand the physical basis of how is music made. Does someone know some bibliography on this subject?
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What are some resources for Algebraic quantum mechanics for Physicists

I am interested in the GNS construction and other stuff. I am aware of Valter Moretti's book but I want something that is more inclined towards physicists.
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Where can I find data for the masses/component velocities of galaxies in the Local Group?

I am trying to run an N body simulation to see how galaxies in the Local Group gravitationally interact for my thesis, but I can't find any data for the masses of the galaxies in the Local Group, or ...