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Good introductory papers and books on laser physics and pulsed lasers

I am looking for good introductory papers and/or books on the principles of lasers. In particular, I am interested in pulsed laser technology. I understand that Gould, R. Gordon (1959). "The ...
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Recommended books for a “relativity for poets” class?

I teach physics at a community college and have developed a new course titled "Relativity for Poets," which I will be teaching for the first time in spring 2015. As implied by the title, it's a ...
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Starter's book on Quantum Mechanics (more general and simple books than full QM textbooks) [duplicate]

This question is a little different from other questions referring to books on QM. I ask you to tell me some books that have QM on a simpler level than that of a full course on QM. Some universities ...
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Is there a black hole map which shows all BH's in our galaxy?

I am looking for a map which shows all black holes in our Milky Way galaxy. See the link of an Exoplanet map for what I mean. http://www.hpcf.upr.edu/~abel/phl/phl_exoplanets_stellar_map.png If it ...
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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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2 + 1 dimensional gravity as an exactly soluble system [on hold]

In Witten's article (2 + 1 dimensional gravity as an exactly soluble system)(http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/0550-3213(88)90143-5), I face to gauge algebras. Witten say we have some relations like this for ...
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Basic physics everyone should know [on hold]

I recently graduated from college with a computer science degree. I took one physics class in high school and one in college. Both of which were really basic and I enjoyed them both. I was always ...
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Help with high school physics [duplicate]

I am studying high school physics and it seems i have memorize the equation and use it mechanically in doing question and memorize lots of physical phenomena.I know a lot of physical phenomena can be ...
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Looking for intro to Conformal Bootstrap

I want to start looking at the conformal bootstrap. I've heard very interesting things about it but would like to clear some things up first. I taken QFT at the level of Peskin & Schroeder, ...
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Intro to Solid State Physics

I didn't see this listed on the books page so here it is. I'm currently in an introductory Solid State course, and we are using Kittel's book. I have been having a rough time with this book although I ...
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Use of Stochastic Calculus in Physics [closed]

Please direct me to links, papers or textbooks that show the applications of stochastic calculus used in Physics.
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Good Fiber Bundles and Differential Geometry references for Physicists

I'm a student of Physics and I have interest on the theory of Fiber Bundles because of the applications they have in Physics (gauge theory for example). What are good books to learn the theory of ...
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Symbolic algebra to obtain equations of motion from supergravity actions [duplicate]

While trying to study the classical supergravity solutions, I realized that there's a considerable amount of intermediate tensor algebra involved, and while it is imperative that I work out all the ...
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How to write a paper in physics?

I really like to do research in physics and like to calculate to see what happen. However, I really find it hard to write a paper, to explain the results I obtained and to put them in order. One of ...
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Is there any free open source planetary orbit simulator software?

I need a free open source planetary orbit simulator software that should be able to calculate orbit stability for a couple simple planetary systems. Basically, I need to calculate orbit durations for ...
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Is Physics being formally documented somewhere?

Physics is an extremely diverse subject, with new phenomenon being mapped by the second. So, is it all being formally documented somewhere? I'm specifically looking for a centralized, formal ...
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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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Textbook recommendation: Tools for AMO physics/many-body theory [duplicate]

I'm looking for a textbook on modern techniques in AMO physics. In particular, I'm looking for discussion of many-body effects like e.g. Feshbach resonances, BEC's and superfluids, cavity QED, maybe ...
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Tropical Geometry and Quantization

Recently I saw this question posted on Math Overflow asking about the motivations behind tropical geometry. The OP mentions that tropical geometry can be viewed as the classical limit of regular ...
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The product of three spherical harmonics in higher dimension

As I see, e.g., in this question, a closed formula for the following integral \begin{equation} \int_{\mathbb{S}^N} Y_{\ell_1\ldots \ell_N}\,Y_{\ell'_1\ldots\ell'_N}\,Y_{\ell''_1\ldots \ell''_N}\, d^N ...
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Looking for lists of student difficulties with electromagnetism, circuits (DC and AC)

I'm trying to help with an Instructor's Guide for an introductory calc-based physics text, and it would really help if I could locate some lists of typical student difficulties with topics like ... ...
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Heuristics for the Hawking mass

I have the following definition of Hawking Mass. Given a spacelike 2-surface $S$ embedded in a 3+1-dimensional Lorentzian Manifold $L$, $$ M(S) := \sqrt{ \frac{\text{Area}(S)}{16 \pi}} \left(1- \frac ...
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Proof of Bethe-Bloch stopping power

I want to prove the Bethe-Bloch stopping power formula but I don't know where to start. Any one can offer a book or paper? Related: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bethe_formula
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Introduction material for lattice field simulation

I am looking for introductory material of lattice field theory simulation. It is better start from simple example (e.g. \phi^4) and include some source code. Is there any on-line or book which is ...
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Role of roughness in friction

In many textbooks static and kinetic friction is explained by surface roughness and interlocking asperities. However this website: http://amasci.com/miscon/miscon4.html#fric which is cited in ...
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Classical Mechanics Help [duplicate]

I'm an undergraduate student majoring in physics. I don't know why but classical mechanics is giving me a lot of problems and I can't seem to grasp the concepts at all. So far we've been doing ...
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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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Reference about probability to study statistical mechanics

I've started studying statistical mechanics but I feel that I need to understand probability better. There are tons of books on probabilities out there, but some of them just talk too much, with tons ...
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Resources for theory of distributions (generalized functions) for physicists

I am looking for tutorials, articles or books containing theory of distributions in context of mathematical physics. Please suggest.
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Quantum computer simulators [closed]

What are good, free, open source, GUI-based quantum computer simulators? I remember there used to be a Java-based one that was very good, but it doesn't seem to be online anymore, or it's relocated.
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Reference for Non-Hamiltonian treatment of Liouville's theorem

Does anyone know of any good books /lecture notes that include a section on Liouville's theorem with regard to non-Hamiltonian dynamics/systems, i.e. those with $\frac{d\rho}{dt} \neq 0$. Examples ...
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Modern textbooks on quantum mechanics [duplicate]

I'm looking for modern textbooks on quantum mechanics that treat topics such as quantum entanglement , bell's theorem , quantum teleportation , quantum information theory , The Many-world ...
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Who created the energy conditions? [migrated]

The earliest text I've been able to find that explain the GR energy conditions is "The large scale structure of space-time" (1973) by Hawking and Ellis. However in Barcelo and Visser's paper ...
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Can anyone recommend any book on physics for studying black holes? [duplicate]

I have been doing research on black holes for couple of years which mostly invloves theoretical knowledge. I understand that to learn more deeply about this subject, i need to have some basic ...
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Kerr metric Christoffel symbols

I've been slaving away trying to calculate the Christoffel symbols for the Kerr metric. Does anybody know of a link that I could compare my answers to? I've done some Google searches and all I can ...
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Reference request for supersymmetric localization

I would like to ask for some readable introduction or maybe review of the technique of supersymmetric localization for $\mathcal{N}=1,2$ SUSY theories. I would like a different one than the one people ...
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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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Fluid Mechanics with calculus on manifolds

Fluid Mechanics is a branch of physics that uses a lot of vector calculus in $\mathbb{R}^3$ to describe phenomena mathematically. Calculus on manifolds, however, is the straightforward generalization ...
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I wasn't able to find a good resource for Bipartite state and Bell's theorem

Our professor used tensor product to explain bipartite operator and states and then he used the new operator and state to explain Bell theorem. I wasn't able to find a good resource or reference for ...
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Understanding $ee\to h \to ff$ process

can anyone tell me where to find a good reference that talks about $$e^+ e^-\rightarrow H \rightarrow f\bar{f}$$ where this describes an electron-positron annihilation into a Higgs that in term ...
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Where should a physicist go to learn chemistry?

I took an introductory chemistry course long ago, but the rules seemed arbitrary, and I've forgotten most of what I learned. Now that I have an undergraduate education in physics, I should be able to ...
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Book recommendation for atomic & molecular physics

What are some books for a sophomore undergraduate about atomic & molecular physics?
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Recommendation about higher derivative theory

Are there some textbook or review about following parts of higher derivative Lagrangian? How to figure out the degrees of freedom of higher derivative theory? How to analyse the stability of a ...
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Understanding summations over microstates of a given function

I am struggling to understand how to sum over microstates in statistical mechanics. Consider an $N$-spin system where $N \gg 1$ and $\Gamma=\{n_i \}$ for $1 \leq i \leq N$ and each $n_i$ is equal ...
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The standard textbook on supernovae?

This is a straightforward question: What is considered to be the standard treatment of supernovae? Could be a textbook, lecture notes, review article, etc.
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Looking for more information about these two hypotheses

Big Lurch - This was one I read about in a special issue of Scientific American from 2014. It was explained as The Big Lurch is a theoretical scientific model suggested as one of the ...
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Second order degenerate perturbation theory

What is a good resource to learn about higher degree degenerate perturbation theory - one that involves mathematics that isn't much more advanced than first order perturbation theory? I've looked ...
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Books on Quantum Measurement

I have been trying to understand clearly the concept of non locality, hidden variables, quantum measurement etc through research papers. I also read Quantum Theory and measurment by Wheeler and Zurek ...
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Where can I find spectral data for materials?

The chemical library of ChemSpider has a dedicated section for spectra, but I haven't found any materials that have such data. Is there a (public) database of spectral data?