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What is the name of basis states of bulk k.p Hamiltonian?

A k.p Hamiltonian for a bulk material can be represented by 8x8 matrix in basis of $|S\uparrow\rangle$, $|S\downarrow\rangle$, $|X\uparrow\rangle$, $|Y\uparrow\rangle$, $|Z\uparrow\rangle$, ...
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Scalar Curvature of a Conformally Flat Metric

Suppose that you have a metric $g_{\mu\nu}=\phi^2\eta_{\mu\nu}$ for some function $\phi$. There is a standard formula for what the scalar curvature $R$ looks like in terms of $\phi$, which is given by ...
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Notation of integrals

Hi I am relatively new to quantum mechanics. I encountered a certain use of notation which I am curious about, I will provide the context and question now: We have the basis $\{ | \vec{r} \rangle \} ...
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Writing Tensor in LaTeX [on hold]

How can I write this in LaTeX? Each time I am trying to write it down the compilers is showing me error for multiple subscription.
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How to convert from overtone to harmonics and vice versa?

I was given this question: If the pipe length in a tube is 1.9 m, at the air temperature inside the tube is 28 °C, determine the fundamental frequency of the note played, fourth harmonic and the ...
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Spacetime Physics by Taylor and Wheeler [closed]

I've been trying to buy a copy of the first edition of the textbook "Spacetime Physics" by Taylor and Wheeler in my country, but I haven't been able to get my hands on a copy of it. Moreover, the ...
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Is electromotive force really a force? [duplicate]

As far the definition goes emf of electromotive force is basically potential difference. It even has dimensions of potential. Then why is it called a force?
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How are these modern, sexy physics figures made? [closed]

I am curious to know how the figures in these popular introductory physics textbooks are made. As examples of what I mean, see the posted figures and my comments, all from various editions of Serway ...
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Physical Interpretation of the Graph of the Legendre Transform?

See Making Sense of the Legendre Transform and Legendre Transforms for Dummies. Look at the following diagram from the first link: I was trying to think of the simplest example to interpret this ...
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What is beyond Gamma Rays and Radiowaves in the Electromagnetic Spectrum?

The electromagnetic spectrum is commonly refered to as consisting of; Radio-waves, Microwaves, Infrared, Visible Light, Ultraviolet, X-rays, Gamma Rays - of increasing frequency from left to right. ...
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Quantum teleportation and macroscopic objects

Purely speculative. If not allowed, I'll delete. If quantum teleportation was scalable to macroscopic objects, I assume it would require an amount of matter at the destination, equal to the amount of ...
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The scope of physics, as taught in modern times

I am asking this question based on my recent experience as a physics major at a well-known school of science and engineering. My basic question is, Why does the field of physics (at least at an ...
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2-D Ising model temperature of equilibrium [duplicate]

I have simulated 2-D Ising model in C#, but my scatter plot for magnetization versus temperature is an decreasing line (you know that the correct plot decreases quickly in a temperature near 2.3). ...
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What is gate symmetry?

I just read this interesting interview with Frank Wilczek and he talks a couple of times about gate symmetry, without ever defining the term. This isn't a term I've come across, and google throws up ...
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Sequence of topics for studying quantum theory (Research strategy) [duplicate]

I am trying to learn about the higher level basics of physics. I want to cover up all that is included in particle physics/quantum physics. Now being in high school, I only know partially about ...
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Self Learning Quantum Mechanics and QFT, how to? [closed]

I've searched the board and several threads were found, but they all were very old and closed. I'm interested in learning and understanding quantum mechanics, after that possibly also QFT. I have ...
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How to consolidate what you've learned? [closed]

I'm reading through two books right now on the topics on quantum mechanics and particle physics. I'd like to know, how does one generally go back and consolidate what they've learned? There are ...
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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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Water maintains equal level in connected vessels. What is this property called? [closed]

How water maintains same level in connected tubes or vessels? Is this a specific property?
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Does the analogous saying: “matter is essentially 'condensed' energy” have any merit?

Einstein in his derivation of special relativity came upon the equivalence of energy and matter, and given the right circumstances, the relation can go either way - matter can become energy, and ...
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Disproving the mathematical universe hypothesis [closed]

The mathematical universe hypothesis is claimed by Lee Smolin to be falsifiable: [...] it is easy to disprove the mathematical-universe hypothesis. Simply exhibit one property of the natural world ...
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How are unitary matrices and unitary random matrices associated with physics or quantum mechanics? [closed]

Please forgive my ignorance, my back ground is not physics. I am looking for distance measure between two unitary matrix (for my work). So my starting point is where else unitary matrix is ...
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Lab equipment - where to start [closed]

I've started to seriously study physics on my own, using various resources such as edX courses etc. However I believe that carrying out experiments will help me gain a deeper understanding of the ...
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Understanding the mathematical terms in Physics [closed]

I understand well only when I get a physical picture of the concept. Is it good? or should I change.
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What is geomagnetic text? [closed]

What is meant by the term "GEOMAGNETIC TEXT"? I googled it but could not find any information about it. My textbook mentioned it as some kind of reference book and tells that calculated magnetic field ...
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What causes the expansion of space? [closed]

What is causing space to expand? Is it due to some kind of innate property or is it due to some force? I did a google search on this and found lots of articles explaining that space is expanding ...
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Could I create a banana? [closed]

As I understand it, until such time as stars were formed and heavier elements could be created, there was just hydrogen and helium, plus trace amounts of lithium an beryllium. Question: if everything ...
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How to teach/learn physics - reference request

I remember reading a paper (or a transcript of a talk) which describes the process of learning/teaching physics as a landing on a planet. In order to find a suitable place to land, you need to orbit ...
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Note and homework organization [closed]

this is my first post here so please forgive any errors! I am currently in a mechanics class and having a little trouble trying to figure out how I should structure my lecture notes and my homework. I ...
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Strange equation on notebook [closed]

It could sound like a silly question, but I found this equation written in my notebook and never knew what was the meaning and who wrote it. I think it could be related to some physics equation, and ...
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What is the “single equation” in string theory that's an inch long? [duplicate]

Michio Kaku, famous theoretical physicist claims to be one of the founders of string field theory and to have contributed a equation that's "no bigger than your thumb" that ties general relativity and ...
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$3$ dimensional representation of Electric Field lines between Two particles

I have seen in many books the $2$ dimensional representation of field lines (between two particles having equal positive charge) as- But I am trying to visualise this $3$ dimensionally as how the ...
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Am i studying physics too inefficiently? [closed]

I am a 9th standard student and like others on this site, i am highly fascinated by maths and physics. i have planned to study physics and math this way ( probably you will laugh on me when you read ...
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Controlling the universe through the “Many-worlds” interpretation [closed]

I was reading upon a comic when I found some interesting content concerning the "Many-worlds" interpretation and how it could be used in quite an extreme manner. Imagine we had a "END" machine. When ...
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How much QFT do I need to get started on String Theory? [closed]

I want to get started learning String Theory (most likely from David Tong's lecture notes) and I would like to know which topics I need to know from QFT. In particular, if I were to follow Peskin, ...
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Methodology: how to deal with non-rigorous derivations [closed]

This is a reformulation of Why are non-rigorous derivations in classical mechanics and electromagnetism taught by professors? See below for an example which got closed as off-topic because it was ...
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Direction about future [closed]

I am finishing high school this year and i want to be a theoretical physicist. My academic result in mathematics is not good throughout last 5 years. But physics is my dream. I want to overcome every ...
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What is the meaning of this Feynman's statement? [closed]

Richard Feynman has a strange statement in first lecture of his known book "Feynman Lectures on Physics. He says If a piece of steel or a piece of salt, consisting of atoms one next to the other, ...
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Are derivations of physical laws less important than the laws themselves? [closed]

The proportionality between the kinetic energy of gas molecules and temperature is a well-known result. This is usually shown by considering a cubical box containing an ideal gas, and postulating that ...
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Where would you go to get feedback, advice and assistance for a new theory of physics? [closed]

I know that crackpots are constantly running down physicists to pitch them on a "new theory" that solves everything. This has understandably led to extreme skepticism for anyone not affiliated with a ...
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What are some of the best Physics resources online? [duplicate]

Are there any sites similar to (in terms of function and quality) Paul's Online Math Notes, 17Calculus.com, or PatrickJMT.com, for Physics (besides Khan Academy)? I've googled this, but the sites ...
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Can Newton's law of gravitation and Einstein's GR be considered true and complete laws of gravitation? [closed]

Newton's law of gravitation and Einstein's general relativity (GR) are empirical laws of gravitation that are strong on description and prediction but lack deterministic and/or causal rigor, which ...
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Are ergs commonly used in astrophysics? If so, is there a specific reason for it?

I was reading the recent LIGO paper and one passage stuck out to me: The system reached a peak gravitational-wave luminosity of $3.6^{+0.5}_{−0.4}× 10^{56}\:\mathrm{erg/s}$, equivalent to ...
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Are there any open questions in physics that a layman can analyze? [closed]

In math, there are questions like "What is the minimum number of crosses that this knot has?" which can't fundamentally be solved and simply take a lot of trial and error for an answer. This means ...
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Is it too late to study physics? [closed]

I'm 24 year old student and I study Bachelor's degree of information technology. This is my last year there. Before I applied to this school I didn't know (remember) anything about mathematics or ...
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Do the equations on this piece of art have physical significance

Someone I know owns a piece of art, which is shown in the figure. $$[\varphi_\alpha(x), \varphi_\beta(y)]= -i\Delta_{\alpha\beta}(x-y)$$ and $$U[\sigma,\sigma_0]= ...
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How to explain to a child why can acceleration be positive or negative? [closed]

I want to find out how can acceleration be negative? I have an answer and this answer is: $$a=\frac{v_f-v_i}{t_f-t_i} < 0$$ because $v_f < v_i$ where $v_f$ is final velocity and $v_i$ is ...
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do Significant Figures apply with numbers without units?

say i need to divide a number with a unit to a number without a unit, e.g.: 16.4 meters / 2 Following the rules on significant figures, will the correct answer be 8.2m (since 2 has no unit), or 8 m ...
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What is the opposite of quantization?

Is the opposite of quantization just taking the limit $h \rightarrow 0$ ? Or are there more steps involved (maybe related to bosons and fermions?)? How would one call the the opposite of quantization? ...
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If you play more than one music track at once on a computer, does the sound heard get louder?

Say you are using a computer and have multiple Youtube videos playing music (or any other video) at the same time, does the sound produced by the computer's speakers (or a pair of headphones) become ...