Use this tag for questions about singularities in physical quantities, i.e. cases where a quantity becomes or appears to become infinite or ill-defined. Consider the more specific tags [tag:black-holes] and [tag:wormholes] for certain kinds of singularities occuring in [tag:general-relativity]. For ...

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Is it possible for a particle to orbit a singularity inside the event horizon [duplicate]

Event horizon just means a distance from singularity, where there is no "going-away" from the black hole. But is it possible, that there are particles with enough momentum to actually orbit the ...
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What does it mean by “infinities” when dealing with QFT? [on hold]

I found this PDF online here while browsing Nobel Prize winner contributions, which explains a bit about renormalization (a concept for which Kenneth G. Wilson won the Nobel). However I was somewhat ...
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Can the density of a black hole be altered (if at all) by absorption?

If a black hole is an object of sufficient density that it distorts spacetime, when a black hole absorbs mass, does the dense material that constitutes the black hole become less dense if the absorbed ...
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If black hole is a “hole”, how can its position be pinpointed from every position in universe? [closed]

Ok, this is going to sound lame but, here goes: When we say that a black hole is situated at a distance of 1 light year(let) FROM EARTH, that means it may situated at a distance of 100 light years ...
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Big Bang not really the beginning of a completely new universe? [closed]

From what I know about the origins of the universe and the big bang, it is stated that it all started from an intensely hot and dense mass. This sounds like a singularity to me, which means a black ...
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What effect would a singularity have on the fabric of space time?

Galaxies are always moving and it seems that there are SMBHs at the heart of most galaxies. If black holes actually twist up spacetime so much thru infinite density how do we know that after the ...
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General theory of relativity proves beginning of the universe? [duplicate]

As I'm not a physics student, i only have some basic idea about how the theory works. As Hawking quoted in his book - "A brief history of time " Roger Penrose and I showed that Einstein’s ...
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Energy stored in electric field [duplicate]

I know that energy stored in electric field / unit volume = $\frac{1}{2} \epsilon\,E^2$. so can I say that for any configuration calculating $\int \frac{1}{2} \epsilon\, E^2 \,d^3r$ over whole space ...
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Curvature Invariants in General Relativity and Singularities

Suppose that I want to check if a given metric is singular or not. I'm interested in curvature singularities, not coordinate singularities, so I can look to scalars made with Ricci, Riemann and Weyl ...
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Does a singularity appear the instant a black hole is formed? [duplicate]

Imagine a very heavy (tens of solar masses) star in its final moments before collapsing to form a black hole. The gravitational force exerted by the weight of the star overcomes the neutron degeneracy ...
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The big bang singularity and entanglement [duplicate]

Since our universe began as a singularity would that mean that everything in the universe is entangled with itself? I am not sure that makes sense, but hopefully some one can figure out what I am ...
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Ask help for calculation from Veneziano amplitude to expansion at small $s$? [closed]

The Veneziano amplitude \begin{eqnarray} A_{ven}(s,t)={\Gamma(-\alpha_0-\alpha^\prime s)\Gamma(-\alpha_0-\alpha^\prime t)\over \Gamma(-2\alpha_0-\alpha^\prime (s+t))}, \end{eqnarray} as claimed in ...
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Can you have black holes in your black holes?

Inspired by Are we inside a black hole?, can you have a black hole such that other black holes are in them? In particular, the event horizon of the larger black hole should completely enclose the ...
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Are black holes very dense matter or empty?

The popular description of black holes, especially outside the academia, is that they are highly dense objects; so dense that even light (as particle or as waves) cannot escape it once it falls inside ...
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Can a lightlike singularity have nonzero mass?

The effective mass of the Schwarzschild solution is valid at $r=0$. For $m>0$, we have a spacelike singularity, while for $m<0$ we have a timelike singularity. Suppose, instead of a spacetime ...
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Spaghettification on an atomic scale?

Spaghettification occurs when an object approaches a singularity. As one comes close enough to the singularity, the gravity at the feet (if this is a human) is greater than that at the head, ...
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Potential of a long cylinder from infinity

I have a question about a long, effectively infinite, cylinder. The cylinder has a radius of $R_{1}$ and charge density $\rho.$ For $r>R_{1}$, the potential difference is $\Delta V_{ab} = ...
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Could the uncertainty principle create matter in the Universe?

According to quantum mechanics we have the uncertainty principle: $$\Delta E \ \Delta t \geq \frac{\hbar}{2}$$ Near the beginning of the Universe $\Delta t$ is very small and therefore $\Delta E$ is ...
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In what other fields of physics does “math break down”? [closed]

I've heard numerous articles and videos state that when it comes to black holes and singularities our "math breaks down". Is there any other areas in physics where math similarly "breaks down", where ...
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How Can a Singularity contain different things? [closed]

According to the Big Bang model, space and everything in it was squeezed into a infinitely small point which subsequently expanded. But if everything is squeezed into a point of zero size than there ...
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Free falling and bouncing back

My confusion arises with free falling body. For a free falling body the displacement ~ time graph has a kink (at the time when the body hit the ground ). at a kink point, a function is not ...
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Black hole's singularity: Does it has to be multi-dimensional?

We assume that there is an infinite density at the center of a black hole. But we also know that if it was really infinite, it would apply an infinite gravitational force to masses even if they were ...
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Does anything exist between singularity and the event horizon of a black hole

It is said that anything that falls into the event horizon, quickly reaches the singularity. That would imply - there should be nothing between event horizon, and the singularity. Is that true? If ...
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Black Holes and the Multiverse [closed]

Are there any peer-reviewed theories which explore the idea that black holes in our universe may spawn other universes - or that our universe came from a black-hole-like event in another universe? ...
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Conservation of energy in the “ideal physics world”

Let us assume we are in the textbook ideal physics world, without any friction. Now, if I place a ball at the top of a parabola U and let it go under gravity, the ball should roll up and down forever ...
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Singularity - exactly what is it?

In quantum mechanics and gravity theories one always meets the word "singularity" in connection with talks about black holes and the big bang, etc. Now in mathematics a singularity is well defined – ...
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Solving for $r=0$ in an inverse square law

This occurred to me in thinking about Coulomb's Law for a spherical insulator, but obviously can be asked of any inverse square law force calculation. For example, all things on the surface of he ...
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Can we make any implications about the internal structure of black holes from the 'chirp' that LIGO observed?

Are there any implications about a black hole's internal structure we can make based on the chirp issued? For example that a black hole does in fact contain or does not contain a singularity rather ...
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How can a five-dimensional black hole 'break' general relativity? [closed]

By the laws of general relativity and the existence of black holes, what makes our universe to be just 4 dimensional but not 5 or more because a 5-d black hole can violate theory of relativity? ...
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Positions where the electric field is not defined

Can anybody help me to understand this statement given in my book? The electric field due to a discrete charge configuration is not defined at the locations of the discrete charges. For ...
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Distance can be zero

Can a distance between two particles can be exactly zero? Example: If I have two opposite charged particles having uniform charge. They will attract each other and the distance between them will ...
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What is the structure of an event horizon for colliding black holes?

I would suspect that two black holes within close vicinity of one another would warp each other's event horizons such that the Schwarzchild's radius would no longer apply. Do the event horizons ...
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Black hole singularity from collapsing light vs dust

Consider two black holes, one formed from a spherical cloud of electromagnetic radiation, and one formed from a non-interacting dust solution. The stress energy tensor is traceless for ...
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Superficial degree of divergence on Weinberg

Reading volume 1 of Weinberg's QFT book, chapter 12, page 505 he says that if you consider a diagram with degree of divergence $D\geq{}0$, its contribution can written as a polynomial of order $D$ in ...
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strength of each dipole charge

If I have a two dimensional dipole whose line charges are located on the y axis, I know that the electric flux through a gaussian pill box containing both the charges will be zero, that is ...
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Can a solid object inside the black hole event horizon avoid the singularity? [duplicate]

I will ask this as a simple lay man. Let's consider an astronomical black hole that was creating by in falling matter on a neutron star. As neutron star get heavier it gets smaller and a Schwarzschild ...
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What does singularity mean in the context of black holes? [duplicate]

Non-rotating big stars can be subject to a gravitational collapse increasing their density. When the density is so high that the mass volume shrinks below the event horizon, a black hole is formed. ...
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Is there any possible evidence that can give us insight into what happened exactly at the Big Bang/why it happened?

It's mostly well accepted today that the Big Bang was the reason for today's universe, mostly due to the expansion, the cosmic microwave background etc. and mathematically the FLRW metric supports it. ...
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What was outside the singularity during the Big Bang? [closed]

What was outside the proposed singularity during big bang?What was the size of singularity?
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Why is the force on the charge at the tip of a cone infinite?

Imagine a charge $q$ that is located at the top of a hollow cone with a surface charge density $\sigma.$ The slant height is $L$ and the charge $q$ sits at the vertex of angle $2\theta$. We are ...
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Zero $g$ in a black hole?

At the very centre of the Earth, masses cancel each other out, creating an effective zero-$g$ environment. Would the same happen in a black hole?
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Why does a singularity need to exist at the center of a black hole?

Sorry if this is a very basic question, but I am not a physicist, but this is something that has always intrigued me. I have read that the properties of a black hole are its mass, spin and angular ...
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What does it mean that the Rutherford's cross section is infinite?

I'm studying elastic scattering and I read that the Rutherford's differential cross section is defined as: $$\left( \frac{d \sigma}{d \Omega} \right)_R = \frac{Z^2}{4} r_o^2 z^2 \frac{(m_ec / \beta ...
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Black hole and relativity [duplicate]

This link shows movement around the black whole. It seems impossible for them to move this fast. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ENd8Sz0AFOk If we were able to watch a ship of people go into a black ...
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What exactly does the Kretschmann scalar implies and how does it work?

From the General Relativity class lectures I understood that this particular invariant, the Kretschmann scalar namely $$R_{\mu\nu\lambda\rho} R^{\mu\nu\lambda\rho}$$ is really important because, ...
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Do zero gravitational-force points produce Naked singularities?

In between two singularities, does a particle experience gravity? If a particle is exactly at the midpoint between two singularities, will its net experience of the gravitational force (ignoring the ...
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How much energy does an electron have when it is situated right next to a negative point charge?

The formula for potential energy regarding point charges is $E=kQq/r$. If $r=0$, then will the energy be approaching infinity? But what about an electron in a parallel-plates situation where it is ...
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Coordinate Singularity in Metric

Suppose I have some metric $$ds^2=g(t)dt^2+\frac{1}{r}dr^2$$ which has a singularity at $r=0$. However, if I make the coordinate transformation $u=\frac{1}{r}$, then I get: $$ds^2=g(t)dt^2+r^3 ...
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Cyclic model of the universe and second law of thermodynamics

Cyclic model from wikipedia The above link shows some theories on cyclic model. It states that a scientist named Richard C. Tolman showed that the cyclic model proposed by Einstein can not be ...
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Does limiting to infinity violate laws of physics?

It is noteworthy that one cannot simply divide any length more than the Planck-length. If so, one cannot simply divide any volume more than the $(Planck-length)^3$. So if I want to find the limit of ...