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Books recommendations for my theoretical physics library [duplicate]

long story short: I got a big prize from my scholarship, which consists in a lot of money for books, and I mean a lot: almost USD$ 3000. Thus, I am going to buy lots of books, of course! So I'm ...
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Any good books on the physics of semiconductor devices?

I know there are many books on semiconductor devices. But, it seems that many of them are catering to the engineers, not physicists. Namely, the books lack the theoretical depth. So, is there any ...
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Multipole expansion of the electromagnetic field

In Jackson's Classical Electrodynamics, section 9.7, he develops the multipole expansion of the electromagnetic fields in terms of the vector spherical harmonics and the spherical Bessel and Hankel ...
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Book recommendations [closed]

Every once in a while, we get a question asking for a book or other educational reference on a particular topic at a particular level. This is a meta-question that collects all those links together. ...
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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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Recent missed opportunities à la Freeman Dyson

There is an excellent paper by Freeman Dyson from 1972 (here) and therein the author cites old talks by Hilbert (here) and Minkowski (chapter 2 here) speaking about similar topics, namely how ...
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Books for someone interested in physics/space [duplicate]

As an avid reader of more realistic SF and someone who has always been interested in physics and astrophysics, I was wondering if someone could suggest both some introductory books on the subject, and ...
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Modeling rubber foams

Are there any good papers/texts on the subject of modeling the dynamics of rubber foams? So far I haven't found any good papers/texts that cover this particular subject and I've done some searching. ...
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Entropy of the cosmological constant and the laws of thermodynamics?

Convention The convention being used is: $ A_{C} = $ The classical variable Premise Consider the following toy-model universe: A universe with a positive cosmological constant. Basic ...
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Any good statistics books under the context of astronomy? [on hold]

I just started a position as a research aide with the cosmology group at Argonne National Lab, and am working on creating and finding correlations within velocity dispersions of galaxy clusters. After ...
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Competition Physics Book for High School Physics

I am currently a high school physics student who has recently started participating in some physics competitions. Although I have an alright understanding of the physics and mathematics and can ...
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Recommendations for Statistical Mechanics book

I learned thermodynamics and the basics of statistical mechanics but I'd like to sit through a good advanced book/books. Mainly I just want it to be thorough and to include all the math. And of course,...
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Details of Newtonian Prediction for Mercury's Precession

Could anyone point me to a book or outline the methods used to actually calculate the 532 arcseconds per century that Newtonian theory apparently predicts for Mercury's precession. I am completely ...
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Nuclear physics study materials

I'm currently a ChemE undergraduate student and wish to pursue masters in nuclear engineering. Can you suggest some introductory reading material so that I can get acquainted with nuclear engineering ...
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Video lectures for studying graduate level kinetic theory

As the title says it all, I require Video lectures for studying graduate level kinetic theory including but not limited to detailed analysis of viscosity and conductivity, diffusion and Maxwell's ...
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Understanding mathematical role of physics [closed]

I have just started my undergrad physics degree but mathematics professor isn't good here in this faculty because he doesn't hold the ability to tell good physical examples on how this math is working ...
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Building a solid foundation for Quantum Information [closed]

For the student with a keen interest in Quantum Information, what would be a sound course/set of prerequisites(possibly along with a few good resources) in Math, Physics, Computer Science, Electronics ...
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Books on entropy [closed]

What books introduce entropy in a intuitive, elementary way (at most, for a person with undergraduate physics studies)? The book should not necessarily introduce entropy in relation only to ...
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Book about classical mechanics

I am looking for a book about "advanced" classical mechanics. By advanced I mean a book considering directly Lagrangian and Hamiltonian formulation, and also providing a firm basis in the geometrical ...
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Why are Bose-Einstein Condensates (BECs) named after Bose and Einstein?

Why are Bose-Einstein Condensates (BECs) named after Bose and Einstein? What did Einstein contribute to BECs? What were the relevant papers?
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Studying dynamic elasticity for finite deformations

this is not a question asking for help with a problem but one asking for help where to begin serious study of elasticity, particularly that applied to dynamic systems. Most textbooks about elasticity ...
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The Mechanism Behind Massless Particles Acting As One Massive Particle

I am reading a historical account of the development of the Higgs Field theory by Sean Carroll. In it, he states that the 1963 paper by Anderson postulated that "the massless Nambu-Goldstone bosons ...
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Wilsonian vs 1PI

As a follow up to Difference between 1PI effective action and Wilsonian effective action, where can I find pedagogical material that highlights the similarities and differences between the 1PI and ...
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Reading list in topological QFT

I'm interested in learning about topological QFT including Chern Simons theory, Jones polynomial, Donaldson theory and Floer homology - basically the kind of things Witten worked on in the 80s. I'm ...
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Mathematica code for self-consistent field loop in Hartree-Fock method

I want to write a Mathematica code for Hartree-Fock treatment of helium (or hydrogen molecule-> namely two electrons systems) , but I don't know how to write a loop for self consistent field procedure....
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Physics problems for submission [closed]

I often enjoyed solving and submitting problems in the American Mathematical Monthly and other Journals which have such problems. There is a lot of this type of thing for mathematics. But I wondered ...
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Proof of Tridecompositional Uniqueness Theorem (Elby and Bub, 1994)

I'm looking for a proof of the Tridecompositional Uniqueness Theorem (Elby and Bub, 1994). Could someone help me? References: Maximilian Schlosshauer, arXiv:quant-ph/0312059; p.12-13. A. Elby &...
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Animating Differential Equations

I was tasked with creating a $3D$ animation in Mathematica, which aims to describe the movement of a football through space as it's kicked. There are several differential equations regarding this ...
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Gravitational waves: simulations of signal

I am self-learning GR. I was wondering if there is any open source software to help learn more about the signal processing of gravitational waves. E.g. a software that injects a signal into random ...
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Reference on Lie superalgebras

I wish to study Lie superalgebras, in particular how they are involved with the superconformal symmetry of N=4 SYM in D=4. I have a solid background in Lie algebras from a pure mathematical ...
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How to calculate critical temperature of the Ising model?

Can someone name a paper or book which calculates the critical temperature of the Ising model from scratch? It might be a book and should contain the necessary prerequisites. I have had a basic course ...
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Jet bundles for physicists

In order to make Classical Field Theory rigorous we need the idea of jet bundles. I've seem some books on the subject, but most of them are aimed at mathematicians and tend to go quite deep in the ...
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A theoretical model for evaporation occurring when wind is blowing over the surface of water

I've recently done an experiment in which I was studying the variation of the cooling rate of hot water in a draft (wind). The air was blow directly over the surface of the water (kept in a ...
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Statistical Mechanics Textbook [duplicate]

Although I'll be taking a course on statistical mechanics next term, I'm looking to work through the details of statistical mechanics on my own in the summer. Which textbook would one recommended. I ...
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C libraries for Solid State Physics

During last year I've attended courses of solid state physics, and I studied methods for bands structure calculations in the Hartree Fock framework. However, I know only theoretical aspects of these ...
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Four Vectors in SR and QFT

I'm covering both special relativity and quantum field theory in the summer. I'm currently using Spacetime Physics by Taylor and Wheeler to cover SR. Since I'm covering SR on the side with QFT, I'm ...
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Reference request: Noise

I'm at a conference on applications of precision measurement to tests of physics beyond the standard model, and one of the pervasive themes is noise analysis. Unfortunately, my familiarity with this ...
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Galileo's pendulum and any references

In some texts about the simple pendulum we use to see references about some "experiments" Galileo Galilei did realize and whereby he found some important results, including that the period of the ...
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Book Recommendation: Quantum optics

Could you suggest me a list of books for understanding Quantum Optics for students who have studied Introductory Q.M.(such as Griffiths). It would be grateful if you distinguish between readable one(...
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History of Turbulence suggestions

I am looking for extensive historical accounts of turbulence that ideally is strong in math and physics (at least giving references). Any suggestions? The only book I found is "A Voyage Through ...
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Are there more recent developments on connections between QFT and knot theory than Witten's initial 1989 paper?

What has happened in the field of QFT and knot theory since Witten's paper "Quantum field theory and the Jones polynomial" from 1989? What resources should one read to get up-to-date on this story? ...
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Reference Request: Classical Mechanics with Symplectic Reduction

I am trying to find a supplement to appendix of Cushman & Bates' book on Global aspects of Classical Integrable Systems, that is less terse and explains mechanics with Lie groups (with dual of Lie ...
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Modelling multiple heat sources?

I am working on a project to model heat transfer in a data center. I have basic models for a one dimensional heat transfer using conduction and convection. Such as, taking a server and modelling the ...
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Literature for cyclicity in Unruh effect

On this Wikipedia page on Unruh effect, there's the equation $e^{2 \pi i H}=1$. Here, $H$ is the Lorentz boost hamiltonian. I've read some literature on KMS states and Bisognano-Wichmann theorem, ...
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Physical side of TQFT

How would one go about understanding the physical side of TQFTs? What are the best introductory resources? I know Atiyah axioms but I don't know any QFT.
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Functional Analysis for Quantum Mechnanics [duplicate]

I have completed three sequences of courses in QM, and I'm very much eager to to do the functional analysis of QM on my own in my spare time. Can someone suggest some books? I like books with ...
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Why infrared absorption is a nonlinear technique?

I am looking for a good explanation and/or reference quotation explaining why infrared absorption technique is essentially nonlinear (eg. for carbon monoxide quantification). When using UV/visible/...
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What are some resources for learning about x-ray powder diffraction?

I am looking for up-to-date, applied resources to learn about x-ray powder diffraction. There is a lot of jargon with which I am unfamiliar. I am trying to refine theoretical curves to collected data ...
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Third-order susceptibilities of metals?

Can anyone point me to a source for measurements of the third-order nonlinear electric susceptibilities $\chi^{(3)}$ of various metals? Specifically in relation to the AC Kerr effect, so measurements ...
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Free Online Encyclopedia of Physics?

I am currently a senior undergraduate physics major doing graduate level research with a professor for the summer. Naturally, I find that all of my time is spent reading up on material I have not yet ...