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Analogue of Princeton Companion to Mathematics for Physics?

I would like to know if there are compendiums much like the Princeton Companion to Mathematics for physics (especially classical physics: fluid mechanics, elasticity theory, Hamiltonian formalism of ...
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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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Optics simulation software for iypt #12 question thick lens [duplicate]

(As I'm writing these I viewed previous posts about optics simulation) me and some of my friends are working in iypt problems. one of the problem is named "thick lens" which says: A bottle filled ...
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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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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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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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Positivity of Total Gravitational Energy in GR

I read the following statement in the introduction to an article: Over the last 30 years, one of the greatest achievements in classical general relativity has certainly been the proof of the ...
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Materials on charged black brane

everybody! Does anyone know some good materials on charged black branes in AdS/CFT and the role of chemical potential in theses cases?
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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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Software for analysing SEM or TEM images

I am looking for a software to analyse SEM and TEM images of some PLD experiments because I want to characterize the samples, like calculate the concentration of nanoparticles, size, and do some ...
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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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What is a complete book for quantum field theory?

I am searching for a complete and comprehensive book for QFT. What is, in your opinion, a good one?
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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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Suggested reading for quantum field theory in curved spacetime

I want to learn some QFT in curved spacetime. What papers/books/reviews can you suggest to learn this area? Are there any good books or other reference material which can help in learning about QFT ...
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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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Book on optics in curved space-time

As evidenced from my earlier questions on vision and curved space, I am struggling a little bit with visual perception in curved space-time. I would like a book recommendation on optics and vision in ...
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References on De Broglie-Bohm pilot wave theory

Are there any good books related to the not much popular De Broglie-Bohm pilot wave theory and its application in hydrodynamics, walking droplets concepts?
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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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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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Where can I find a database for dielectric constants in the visible range?

I am looking for a database of dielectric constants in the visible range and I could not find them by Googling, so I was wondering whether anybody here knows where I can find those parameters for some ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Book recommendations for fluid dynamics self study

I have my bachelors degree in engineering science: computer science, option electrotechnic. I have a good understanding of basic mechanics and dynamics, calculus (differential equations). The books ...
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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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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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Books for Condensed Matter Physics

What are some good condensed matter physics books that can fill the gap between Ashcroft & Mermin and research papers? Suggestions for any specialized topics (such as superconductivity, CFT, ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Derivation of Kerr metric, is there any reference?

In studying general relativity, many text deals with the derivation of Schwarzschild metric starting from generic metric form. After that impose static, spherical symmetry and obtain the desired ...
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Textbook on the Geometry of Special Relativity

I am looking for a textbook that treats the subject of Special Relativity from a geometric point of view, i.e. a textbook that introduces the theory right from the start in terms of 4-vectors and ...
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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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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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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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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 ...