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Where can I learn about band theory?

I'm studying quantum mechanics and I want to understand perfectly where the bands of the electronic sturcture come from. I've read that it is related with the periodic potential, Bloch waves and ...
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What is an overview of secondary school astronomy textbooks for students who have taken some calculus?

I teach mathematics at the secondary level. This year my students have founded an astronomy club. Most have finished two semesters of "college-level" calculus and are familiar with the derivative, ...
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Good book on the history of Quantum Mechanics?

Can anyone recommend a good book on the history of Quantum Mechanics, preferably one that is technical and not afraid to explain the maths (I did a degree in Physics many years ago) and also that ...
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Gravitational wave equations worked out

Is there a website where gravitational wave equations are worked out numerically? I would like to experiment with mass configurations but can't find examples.
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Getting started self-studying general relativity

What are some good books, videos, websites for getting started with general relativity? I would prefer mathematically rigorous sources.
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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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Sources to learn about Greens functions

For a physics major, what are the best books/references on Greens functions for self-studying? My mathematical background is on the level of Mathematical Methods in the physical sciences by Mary ...
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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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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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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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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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Israel-Wilson-Perjés Solutions

I'm searching for a reference that gives explicitly the field strength (or at least the gauge fields) of the Israel-Wilson-Perjés Solution, using complex harmonic functions for the metric. In ...
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Are there simple ways to describe circuits containing resistors, capacitors, inductors, and memristors? [migrated]

I am taking an introductory university physics course in electromagnetism, and we are currently going over RC, RL, and RLC circuits. Last semester in my computer architecture class, I did a paper on ...
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Textbooks to ace any university physics courses [duplicate]

I have just started my bachelors degree so can someone tell me the best physics textbooks for various courses.
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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Book with solved problems on thermodynamics

I am working on honing my engineering thermodynamics problem solving skills at the undergraduate and graduate level. It would be much help if you could suggest me some good books with solved ...
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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 ...
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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 ...