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How does the wave function change upon a boost? [on hold]

I was recently thinking about Lorentz invariance description of a particle. In special relativity is based on the invariance of $$ \text{constant} = c^2t^2 - x^2 - y^2 - z^2$$ I was wondering if ...
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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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Energy-band diagrams of heterojunctions

I'm studying heterojunctions and I'm struggling with drawing their energy-band diagrams. I've been looking for books or something to look up how the diagrams can turn out to be with different types of ...
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Preparatory knowledge to study Quantum Gravity

I am an old (41-Years-old) physics graduate. I pretty much quit to "frequent physics" 10 years ago and my ability to manage physics is a bit rusty. I was fascinated with Quantum Gravity (QG) theory ...
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Is there theoretical description of such plasmonic nanostructure?

I'm preparing a research about plasmonic nanoparticles and I'm interested about their arrays placed above a metallic film (like on the picture). Until now i found following articles: pubs.acs.org/...
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Any good electricity and magnetism books for highschool students? [duplicate]

I really want to learn about electricity and magnetism for a long time but never have gotten to it, are there are good books that are conceptual on the topic of electromagnetism? I do not know ...
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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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reference request: 2D turbulence

I'm reading papers regarding the 2D Navier-Stokes equations. But I don't have a physics background. Would anybody come up with some introductory references of 2D turbulence which contain the following ...
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Gauge Theory of Superconductors

I'm trying to understand better the nature of the gauge redundancy and the Higgs mechanism in superconductors. Specifically, I'm looking for a good reference that explains monopoles, vortices, and ...
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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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Book on galaxy formation and theoretical astrophysics for physics graduate [closed]

I am looking for a graduate level book on galaxy formation and theoretical astrophysics and also numerical relativity for a graduate student who has completed quantum field theory and general ...
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Are there any must read physics books for beginners? [duplicate]

I am in 9th grade and have recently become interested in physics. I have a basic understand of relativity, electromagnetism, and a bit of knowledge about on quantum mechanics. However, I don't have ...
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What should I study if I am interested in creating innovative gadgets? [closed]

I’m interested in gadgets and I know it requires programming skills. But on the other hand I really like experimental physics. So, I don’t know how to combine these science areas together.
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Different ways of derivation of Gell-Mann-Okubo mass formula

Recently my teacher told me that there are many ways of deriving the Gell-Mann-Okubo mass formula by using group representation theory (by using dynamical group etc). Where can I read about these ways?...
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Studying relativity from Landau [duplicate]

I'd like to have an advice from you. I was thinking about studying for the exam of general relativity from Landau II: theory of fields. I already studied mechanics and fluid dynamics from Landau and I ...
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Good book to grasp physics [duplicate]

I'll try to be clear. I'd like to ask you if you know some books or chapters in textbooks which explaining the "meaning" of some physical phenomena or entities. I may try to be more specific using ...
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Mathematical method of Physics [closed]

Please any one can tell me how to get lecture of mathematical method of physics complete course online download complete lecture series. Which professor best for this subject please guide me how to ...
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Quantum groups and $q$-deformed $SU(2)$

I am looking for a self-contained introduction to quantum groups and $SU(2)_q$ in particular, which a person with background in relativity and particle physics would understand. It has to contain the ...
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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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First and second order phase transitions

Recently I've been puzzling over the definitions of first and second order phase transitions. The Wikipedia article starts by explaining that Ehrenfest's original definition was that a first-order ...
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Can someone please give some references on scattering in Proca theory?

Can someone please give some references on scattering in Proca theory? I am looking for scattering calculations with massive photons.
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TQFT lectures with exercises

I'm interested in topological quantum field theory and study works of Witten and others by myself. Does anybody know where can I find any good exercises in this subject? By "good" I mean something ...
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2d Ising model in CFT and statistical mechanics

When I recently started to read about conformal field theory, one of the basic examples there is the so called Ising model. It is characterized by certain specific collection of fields on the plane ...
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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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A good book on spectroscopy

I have found out that there are two kinds of books on spectroscopy: chemistry prospective experimental physics prospective I am looking for a book which contains more or less rigorous theoretical ...
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Nuclear explosion wavelength data

I am looking for data source (or chart) of spectral data that is being emitted on detonation of nuclear or thermonuclear explosion. Reason I am looking is to see if this data has specific signature ...
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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?
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Self-study: resources for understanding Gamma spectroscopy

I work in applied mathematics and have no background in atomic physics. I need to have a good understanding of the principle and application of Gamma spectroscopy. I am ok to spend the needed time but ...
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Resource: Star map which show current actual positions versus current observable positions?

Light travelling from stars and galaxies takes some time to reach us here on Earth - when we observe stars or galaxies in the night sky, we see their positions as they were when the light left on its ...
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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 are some good books for studying about Carbon Nanotubes?

Ok, so I am trying to computationally model a Carbon Nanotube FET and I need to know a lot about the actual equations and PDEs(Partial Differential Equations) involved while modeling such a material. ...
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Bondi mass aspect

I'm looking for a good reference that defines the Bondi mass aspect and his relations to Bondi and ADM mass. Googling a bit I've not founded any satisfactory exposition of the subject. A short ...
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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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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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Rotating droplet of liquid

I'm interested in the fluid dynamics of a spherical droplet of liquid whose surface is forced to rotate at a constant velocity. I'm interested in either steady-state solutions (the internal flow ...
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Heat loss by radiation reference

In our lab practice, we measured the rate of heat loss of a copper plate in atmospheric pressure and the rate of heat loss of the same plate in high vacuum ($\sim 10^5 torr$). So all I could find for ...
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From where should I start in physics? [duplicate]

I'm currently attending Norwegian high school and I'm in a course where we study electricity, automation, electronics, and almost no physics, chemistry etc. So it will be at least 5-6 years before I ...
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Which book do you recommend to start studying physics for a person who doesn't have any special knowledge about physics? [duplicate]

I'm studying bachelor of Mathematics in University but I'm interested in physics too. All of my knowledge about physics is what I studied in school and also the courses general physics $I$ and general ...
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Basic university textbook without colorful pictures [duplicate]

Could anyone advise textbook(s) with the following properties: No flashy pictures (but with pictures nonetheless; maybe in black line). Preferably one column of text (maybe two at max). Good ...
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Young and Freedman vs Resnick Halliday [closed]

I am a grade 12 student with a very basic knowledge of calculus. Which is a better book - fundamentals of physics by resnick halliday or university physics by young and freedman? For understanding the ...
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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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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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Learning about 4 topics in physics [closed]

This isn't really a question on any of those numerous underlying concepts behind the various sub-disciplines of physics, but hear me out: I'm still in Higher Secondary, but I'd really love to know ...
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Reference: authoritative reference on Gibbs and Boltzmann's entropy

Can someone reference a good, standard textbook on thermodynamics or quantum mechanics that explicitly states the formula for Gibbs and Boltzmann's entropy (or maybe Shannon as well)? I am asking ...
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Textbook on Differential Geometry for General Relativity [duplicate]

I'm going to start self-studying General Relativity from Sean Caroll's Spacetime and Geometry: An Introduction to General Relativity. I'd like to have a textbook on Differential Geometry/Calculus on ...
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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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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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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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Reference works for Site Percolation in Statistical Physics

I want reference recommendations on site percolation in statistical physics.
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