The special theory of relativity describes the motion and dynamics of objects moving at significant fractions of the speed of light.

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Do photons have/contribute to mass?

Do electrons gain mass by absorbing photons during excitation and releasing them by returning to the ground state? Do photons have mass in the form of energy by $E=mc^2$?
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Time dilation: reference frame [on hold]

So I'm calculating how long it will take for half of some muons to decay for in a stationary observers frame of reference. They have a half life of 2.2 * 10^-6 and are moving at a speed of .98c ...
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Speed of light paradox [duplicate]

If I send two rockets from the Earth in opposite directions, at, say, 60% of the speed of light relative to the Earth, then relative to each other they are travelling at 120% of the speed of light. ...
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Why wouldn't any Emission Theory work?

http://www.pitt.edu/~jdnorton/teaching/HPS_0410/chapters/origins_pathway/#Emission Here, at the Emission theories of light, I loved the discussed theory. There seems to be a contradiction right ...
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Absoluteness of Simultaneity

I think this is a very important question because if simultaneity is absolute, then it shakes the foundation of relativity. But it was asked here a month ago, and no one answered it. Neither does ...
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Question about scalar product of 2 four-vectors

I'm looking for help to prove that $\mathbf{a\cdot b}=-ab\ cosh \ \theta$, where: $a=\sqrt{\mathbf{-a\cdot a}}$, $b=\sqrt{\mathbf{-b\cdot b}}$, and $cosh \ \theta$ is $\gamma$, for a Lorentz ...
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Derivation of the kinetic energy of decay product [on hold]

By conservation of momentum: $$M_{\alpha }V_{\alpha }+M_{Y}V_{Y}$$ By the conservation of energy: $$(\frac{1}{2})M_{\alpha }V_{\alpha }^{2} + (\frac{1}{2})M_{Y }V_{Y }^{2}$$ Here I begin the ...
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Klein paradox in graphene

When considering the Klein paradox in graphene Katsnelson, Novoselov and Geim introduce a potential barrier (see http://www.nature.com/nphys/journal/v2/n9/full/nphys384.html). But I cannot understand ...
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If time-like paths are geodesics, what physical principle applies to space-like intervals?

If I have a number of particles interacting with one another locally, then the center of mass of the system moves along a geodesic. Taking this further with the particles interacting via an EM field, ...
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Causality and how it fits in with relativity

I was talking to my teacher the other day about Einstein's spacetime and there's one thing he couldn't explain about the nature of Cause. I may be being stupid or just unable to comprehend, thanks for ...
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Posibility of time travel/multiple realities/time phase shifting [on hold]

Sounds odd and unlikely, but let me explain the situation. Going on the de ja vue ideal, which we probably have all experienced, I believe things of such a matter are possible. Just today when I ...
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Relativistic Decay of Particles (Questions about Landau's derivations) [on hold]

I'm currently reading Classical Theory of Fields by Lifshitz & Landau. In §11 "Decay of Particles" I can't really understand the solution to Problem 1: I have several questions: 1) How can one ...
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Problem understanding Lorentz invariance [duplicate]

So they usually started with "...This is obviously Lorentz invariant, because of the 4-vector character of the quantity,..., (and after a two page long derivation) another quantity is also obviously ...
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what is the charge and current density in system K2? [on hold]

Consider there are two inertial reference of frames K1 and K2 in which K2 is moving with the boost velocity of V in direction of X2. If someone at the rest in system K1 finds the charge density $ \rho ...
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Special relativity kinematics problem [on hold]

I have this problem in SR kinematics. a spaceship travels near earth at c/2. it shoots off a light-ray at 45deg to its direction of travel (measured in its own ref frame). What is this angle in the ...
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Representations of Lorentz algebra

It is well known that the Lorentz algebra can be written as two $SU(2)$ algebras. By defining $$N_i=\frac{1}{2}(J_i+iK_i), \qquad N^{\dagger}_i=\frac{1}{2}(J_i-iK_i)$$ we have ...
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Does EPR permit information to travel faster than light? [duplicate]

This question always throws me: Discuss if the EPR paradox violates special relativity? The information of the state of one particle is instantaneously transmitted to the other particle, but ...
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4-momentum of photon

The 4-momentum is defined as $p=mU$ where m is the rest mass of the particle and $U$ is the 4-velocity. Now I am confused as to how this applies to a photon for which one can't define $U$ since there ...
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Relativistic Lorentz Force with constant, perpendiuclar, and uniform E and B fields

I am trying to solve the following problem from the Fundamentals of Plasma Physics by Bittencourt (Problem 2.7): Analyze the motion of a relativistic charged particle in the presence of crossed ...
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What can change a photon's frequency?

I found this question: Is it possible to apply force to a light particle? As it states, gravity can change the frequency of light by changing its momentum. My question regards other phenomena that ...
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Is it possible to apply force to a light particle?

I know, the universal speed limit is the speed of light $c$. So, is it possible to apply more force to a light particle? What would happen to it if we could?
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Lorentz force Law

I want to ask a fundamental question about Lorentz force equation. Why is it important to incorporate both electric and magnetic forces into one single expression? I know magnetism is electricity's ...
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Where does the lorentz boost for a dirac spinor come from?

I have read, that if you have a dirac spinor \begin{equation} \psi = \begin{pmatrix} \phi_R\\ \phi_L \end{pmatrix} \end{equation} that you can apply a lorentz boost along the z-direction with ...
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Can someone explain what's the difference between all these terms in “Simple Words” with their “applications”? [on hold]

I'm very confused between all these terms. Can someone explain what's the difference between Classical Mechanics, Relativistic Mechanics, Quantum Mechanics, Quantum Field Theory, ...
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How to find the generators of a deformed boost?

I'm reading the paper arXiv:gr-qc/0012051 on doubly special relativity. In page 7, the author wants to find the generators of a deformed boost that preserves $$E^2 = p^2 + m^2 - l_p p^2 E$$ ($l_p$ is ...
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Perfect fluid and Cauchy momentum equation

The stress-energy tensor of a perfect fluid is given by $$T^{\mu\nu}=\left(\rho+pc^{-2}\right)u^\mu u^\nu+pg^{\mu\nu}$$ The divergence of the stress-energy tensor is zero: $\nabla_\mu T^{\mu\nu}=0$. ...
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Why do we hyperbolas for distance? [on hold]

I'm confused about how distance is measured in spacetime. I've read a few texts that say that our normal distance equation doesn't apply because it violates causality and because it won't work for a ...
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Thunder Clap Armageddon [migrated]

In a superhero setting a thunder clap is where someone claps with superhuman strength causing damage such as broken windows and burst eardrums. What I want to know is, taken to the extreme of the ...
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One extra conservation equation or angle relation for a relativistic collision

Edit: It seems that the derivation for the center of momentum frame was incorrect, due to the fact that the center of momentum velocity changes after the collision. This is also true for the ...
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Where does this relation between gamma, energy and mass come from?

I am doing a course that has used this relation a few times now: \begin{equation} \gamma = \frac{E}{mc^2} \end{equation} It makes sense physically, when $E = mc^2$ the particle is at rest and ...
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Travelling at a relative speed greater than the speed of light [duplicate]

I've wondered about this since I was a kid. I've been told the speed of light is a constant ($c$), which would mean that light always travels at the same velocity. Now, here's what interests me: if ...
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Relativity and observable universe

Will cosmological horizon "expand" for an observer approaching the speed of light (at least in the direction of observer's motion) ?
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Twin paradox, with a meeting at a halfway point

Suppose body A, at rest in its reference frame, is passed by body B which is travelling at a constant 0.6 c, heading toward Z, a point 6 light years away by A's reckoning, and as bodies will, they ...
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Has the effect of magnetic fields on time ever been examined experimentally?

Relativity of time can be examined with satellites as gravitational or acceleration. Is there any similar experiment with intense magnetic fields?
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Speed of light, comparison of two light waves travelling side by side

okay so.here is setup of my question...say we have two observers A and A'..A is fixed to origin of coordinate axis x,y while A' is inside a hollow box (shown as rectangle MNRP) whose one side MN has ...
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Negative energy of free particle: classical and quantum picture

Classically, the energy of a free particle consists of only the kinetic energy given by $E=\frac{|\textbf{p}|^2}{2m}$ Since $|\textbf{p}| $is real and $m>0$, $E\geq 0$. However, since ...
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Time for two relativistic objects to meet

How do you prove that the time for two objects traveling towards each other at relativistic velocities is still d/(v1+v2). Answer seems to have something to do with velocity addition but I'm ...
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Trajectories in Rindler space with zero net time dilation

I've discovered a family of curves in Rindler space that have zero net time dilation. However I struggle to see why this should be so, i.e. what the physical significance of these curves is. My ...
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What speeds are “fast” enough for one to need the relativistic velocity addition formula?

In this question the accepted answer says: For objects moving at low speeds, your intuition is correct: say the bus move at speed $v$ relative to earth, and you run at speed $u$ on the bus, then ...
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Travelling twin's clock in twin paradox on the way back

Suppose the situation of the twin paradox: twin A stays on Earth, the other (B) goes to a star with velocity $v$, and at the beginning of the journey their clocks were synhronized. We know that when A ...
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Superluminal speed?

I came by the quotation below. I'm confused: does it mean that it's actually possible for light and even material objects to move faster than light? Gravitational fields are present the velocities ...
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What would happen to the human body if we went almost at the speed of light? [duplicate]

If we were to travel almost at $299\,792\,458~m/s$, or the speed of light, what would happen to the human body? Would we be fine or would there be consequences? Would our body shut down? I've been ...
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A Relativity question about radial acceleration? [duplicate]

How do you calculate the radial acceleration of a stationary observer in the Schwarzschild coordinates? I have calculated the 4-velocity and 4-acceleration but not sure how to proceed?
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Lorentz Transformations and time of event

Consider two inertial frames, $F$ and $F'$, such that $F'$ moves at $\mathbf{v} = (v,0,0)$ with respect to $F$ (assume $v > 0$). Suppose tat $x = x\prime = 0$, when $t = t' = 0$, where $x,t$ refer ...
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How come the concept of an instant of time is such a controversial topic with relativity, but with entanglement it's completely acceptable?

When talking about relativity most people say that a universal instant of time doesn't exist, but when talking about entanglement most will say that the particles are both measured instantaneously. ...
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Why doesn’t the Sagnac Effect disprove relativity?

It was my understanding that the speed of light is supposed to be constant for every observer, as in the classical mental experiment of the guy in the train with the flashlights which explain the ...
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A general relativity question about 4-velocity? [closed]

In a general spacetime with metric $g_{\alpha\beta}$ where there exists coordinates such that there are observers with 4-velocity $u^{\mu} = \{1,0,0,0\}$, show that $$ g_{00} = -1 ...
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Could unfound matter travel faster than light? [duplicate]

Is it impossible to go faster than the speed of light or is it just that we have not yet found anything that travels faster?
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Does scale invariance imply massless or continuous mass distribution?

$\newcommand{\ket}[1]{\lvert #1 \rangle}\newcommand{\bra}[1]{\langle #1 \rvert}\newcommand{\scp}[2]{\langle #1 \vert #2 \rangle}$ In his 2008 slides Unparticle Phenomenology (PDF), Tzu-Chiang Yuan ...
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Camera on the ground vs camera in a train

A couple days ago my history teacher was explaining special relativity with the train example, where you are in a train close to light speed and you see a clock on the train terminal and the clock ...