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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Small particle rotating around neutron star

First let me say I have read the article at "users.ictp.it › lns003 › Ruoff › Ruoff.ps.gz" about a small particles orbiting a neutron star and causing excitation of different modes of gravitational ...
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Does sound waves pick up the speed of its source?

I googled the speed of sound and found that it only depends on the medium (just like the speed of light but with different parameters). I can't see how it doesn't pick up the speed of its source! I ...
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Twin paradox on hypertorus [duplicate]

I will not describe the twin paradox again. But let's suppose we have two twins, one stationary and the other moving with uniform velocity $c/2$ for instance. And let's suppose that they live in a ...
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Theory of relativity paradox? [duplicate]

I have seen the classical twin paradox before. It uses a twin stationary on Earth and the other traveling away and back. I have seen many contradictory solutions for it, some use general relativity, ...
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Geometrically deriving Lorentz transformation from Minkowski diagram

How can we derive Lorentz transformation from a Minkowski diagram (like below image) by using only geometry theorems such as sines theorem and Pythagoras theorem?
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Twin paradox with horns [closed]

I am trying to figure out if my conception of time dilation is correct. In order to avoid the acceleration-deceleration complexity in the traditional twin paradox statement, I came up with my own ...
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Exercise 18b in Schutz's First course in GR

The question is as follows: Show that a timelike vector and a non-zero null vector cannot be orthogonal. So we have a timelike vector $\vec{A}$, s.t $\vec{A}^2<0$; and a non-zero null vector, ...
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Special relativity and uniform circular motion

Suppose we have two observers A and B. A is in some inertial frame. B is undergoing uniform circular motion with some speed $v$ as observed by A. They each have a clock. My concern is with what A ...
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Does the Lorentz transformation necessary follow from the two postulates of relativity?

The two postulates of special relativity are: The choice of what inertial frame to use is arbitrary: all laws of physics are invariant. (the principle of relativity) The metric $$(\Delta s)^2 ...
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Faster Than Light Communication Using Gravity?

Suppose two parties $A$ and $B$, some distance apart and at rest relative to each other both had control of one massive local object each. If party $A$ lifted their local object upward relative to $B$...
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Are there (interesting) Poincare-invariant QFTs with non-invariant Lagrangian densities?

In all QFTs I know, the Lagrangian density is completely invariant under the Poincare group, $$ \mathcal L \to \mathcal L. $$ On the other hand, the action would be invariant even if the Lagrangian ...
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Working with indices of tensors in special relativity

I'm trying to understand tensor notation and working with indices in special relativity. I use a book for this purpose in which $\eta_{\mu\nu}=\eta^{\mu\nu}$ is used for the metric tensor and a vector ...
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Can the value of $c$ be calculated from Relativity? [duplicate]

I have three related questions about what theories or equations can calculate and what is an input parameter/constant to the theories. This question is not about parameter units (as another similar ...
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What does it mean to say that something is “relativistic for an electron”?

I want to understand a concept better. I did a homework problem where I solved it all the way, then checked my answer with a solution set. My answer was different, so I followed the solution set from ...
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Speed bigger than light? [duplicate]

We know, according relativity theory, no information or matter can travel with velocity bigger than light. However, consider the following situation: a completely empty water hose is hypothetically ...
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Special Relativity - Observing events multiple times [duplicate]

At t = -1, you observe an event to your left. At t = 0, you accelerate to 0.5c (to your right). Might you then observe that same event (to your left) again? For example, say you observe an event x = -...
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What happens to a body if it rotates extremely fast?

I am thinking on a object, e.g. ball or planet that starts rotating with increasing speed. Let's assume that his speed get's closer to the speed of light, what happens to this object? There are ...
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The relativity of gravity: If mass is relative how much gravity do I experience?

Now let's say the I am on a spaceship. The spaceship is not accelerating, i.e., it is not firing its rockets. Most of the ship's mass is in the back of the ship. Let's say it is moving arbitrarily ...
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Rest mass of a moving particle that decys into two phtons

A particle of rest mass M is moving along the positive x direction. It decays into two photons having energies 1 GeV and 0.82 GeV, and these go in different directions making angles of 45 and 60 ...
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Linkal causality in special relativity

I have a slight variation of the barn / ladder paradox, where there is a ladder too long to fit into a barn at rest, but when moving at a sufficient speed, it is length contracted with regards to the ...
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Can speed of light be $c$ in air or other medium?

I know that the speed of light in a vacuum is $c\sim 3\ 10^8\ \mathrm{m/s}$, but I also know that speed of light in a medium (e.g., air) is less than that in vacuum. Special relativity says that ...
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Heisenberg Uncertainty Relation and Relativity

It's well known that in QM the position and momentum of a particle cannot be known simultaneously. It's also well known that in special relativity the idea of simultaneity loses its meaning. Would it ...
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Can absolute speed of object be measured? [closed]

Let's say there are two objects in space - Station and huge non-transparent sphere. Sphere starts to move from station 5000 km/h. Inside the sphere, beam of light is produced in direction the sphere ...
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If humanity was to send a probe to Proxima Centauri, how long would the travel last?

If humanity was to send a probe to the nearest star: Proxima Centauri, at a distance of 4.24 light years from our sun, what would be the optimal propulsion technology to reach the destination as soon ...
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A classical explanation of why there is a speed limit in the universe [closed]

The question is - is there any flaw in this explanation, or it is the right explanation in general language? Let me break the explanation into two parts - Why there is a certain speed of ...
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Special Relativity and the Light Clock and which direction was the laser pointing? [closed]

If I were to make a light clock, I would have some sort of laser pen attached to the top of one of two mirrors. That laser pen would be perpendicular to the surface of either/both mirrors. I would ...
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Why is there a universal speed limit?

I am looking for an answer that does not rely on Special or General Relativity -and without recourse to the fact that the speed of light is frame invariant. Is there another way of showing this ...
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Relativity and Current in Wire

If an observer is stationary relative to a current-carrying wire in which electrons are moving, why does the observer measure the density of moving electrons to be the same as the density of electrons ...
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Does the force between two point charges change when inertial reference frame changes?

The two point charges are as below: Then the Coulomb force between them is: $$F_1=\frac{q^2}{4\pi\epsilon_0 r^2}$$ When the inertial reference frame moves left at $v$(or the point charges move ...
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Can a particle have an imaginary mass?

Now, I'm not very involved in the physical sciences, beyond some high-school classes - though I did listen to some college lectures for physics. I was reading "Do Tachyons Exist?" by John Baez, which ...
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Is the energy of a collision of two photons the same as one photon hitting a 'wall'?

Special relativity says that the speed of ligt is always the same. So when a photon meets another photon he will encouter it with the speed of light and also the other one. But in case of a wall, the ...
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Is there any description of a mechanism of curving of space-time fabric

Most of us know about famous line - "mass tells space how to curve and space tells mass how to move". There is quantitative description of the curving and its effects in Einstein's theory. Mass and ...
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Are objects like $a^{\mu \nu} a_{\mu \nu} b^{\mu \nu}$ consistent with Einstein summation?

I'm familiar with Einstein' summation notation and I understand objects like $a^{\mu \nu} a_{\mu \nu}$ just fine. But I'm wondering why I've never come across objects like this: $a^{\mu \nu} a_{\mu \...
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Twins paradox question [duplicate]

In the twins paradox, the twin that travels away from earth comes back to find that his (her) twin has aged much more due to relativity's effect on time. Why can't we posit that it is not the one twin ...
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What is conformal symmetry physically?

I'm reading a paper by t'Hooft http://arxiv.org/abs/1410.6675. There is an argument in the paper that I could not understand: "Now that system, described by Maxwell’s equations, does have conformal ...
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What am I doing wrong while proving time dilation using Minkowski space-time diagram?

Consider two events A and C. They have same value of x' and time interval between them is $\triangle \tau$. This is the proper time interval between the events. The ...
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Identifying Lorentz Covariant Equations

Statement: $\phi , A^{\mu}, T^{\mu \nu}$ are a Lorentz scalar, vector, and tensor. Which of the following equations are Lorentz covariant. a. $\phi = A_{0}$ b. $\phi = A^{\mu}A_{\mu}$ c. $\phi = ...
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Conversion of energy to matter? [closed]

Now, this answer has sort of been asked before. But I haven't really found the answer that I'm looking for. Exactly what is the mechanism by which energy can be converted into matter? By "mechanism"...
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Cold Solid Matter at the End of a Black Hole's Acceleration Disk?

Is it possible that black holes magnetic field are rapidly cooling matter using a type of magneto caloric effect and cold fusion creating new matter only possible with a black hole's gravity? A type ...
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Up or Down? A Question about Relativity

The standard text discussion of the equivalence principle and the bending of light rays goes like this. We, as observers watch a glass elevator ascending. A light beam is fired from left to right. The ...
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Where other frame observer will put new stick [closed]

my question is with relativity, if we draw two circle of same radii and fill the perimeter with stick (very small so it cover whole perimeter) now if we rotate a stick with veey high speed ...
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Why does time stop its flow? [duplicate]

According to the "list verse" time gets to a pause when someone or something travels at the speed of light. But a question still lies in my mind, if time always travels forward and does not stop at ...
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When does travelling at a fraction of the speed of light appear to the traveler as if they're going the speed of light? [closed]

If a spaceship is travelling to Proxima Centari, there is a fraction of the speed of light that would make the spaceship appear to reach Proxima Centauri in four years' time. What fraction of the ...
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Decay of lepton into meson and neutrino using four-momentum

I'm learning about how to use four-momentums and am working through a problem involving the decay of a charged lepton into a charged meson and neutrino. The equation would be: $L^+ \to M^+ + \nu$ I'...
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How do I know which observer is running the time faster or slower

Ok, I'm not a physicist, so I don't know if my question is silly (probably yes), but there is something in special relativity that I can't understand and I would really like it to be clarified. If ...
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What makes things move in a universe with blocktime? [closed]

In a universe with blocktime the past, present and future all exist at the same time. But what makes it appear that for example my body is going from one movement ...
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Why acceleration cannot vanish everywhere?

In attempt to introduce gr concepts When there are gravitational accelerations present, as for example in the gravitational field of the earth, the space cannot be the flat Minkowski space. Indeed, ...
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Special Relativity problem - proper time interval

The supernova 1987A explosion in the Large Magellanic Cloud 170 000 light years from Earth produced a burst of anti-neutrinos ν ̄e which were observed in terrestrial detectors. If the anti-neutrinos ...
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Scattering Amplitude Not Invariant under Little Group?

I am trying to make sense of scattering amplitude recently. In some literature people say that if some number of massless particles collide together, one can theoretically express the scattering ...
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Is any photon really moving? [duplicate]

I read that when something moves at the speed of light, length contracts at the direction of motion. Now consider a photon traveling in the z axis. Since it is travelling at the speed of light, the z ...