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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How Special Relativity causes magnetism

So my physics teacher assigned us an article about how special relativity causes magnetism in a wire with a current, even with the low drift velocities of electrons in a current. It seemed that the ...
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Observing a point 13.82b ly away, 1b years ago

I understand that we can observe far away galaxies to get an idea how the universe looked like in the past. Assuming the universe is 13.82b years old, would it be correct to say that if we looked at ...
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Most efficient speed to travel at, considering the effects of time dilation; according to Special Relativity

I understand that this question has recently been asked, and yet not answered to the greatest and most understandable extent, but I was wondering whether travelling at the speed of light is really the ...
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Relativistic Kinematics - 2-Body Particle Decay

Consider the scenario where a particle of mass $M$ decays into two lighter particles of mass $m_1$ and $m_2$. In the center of mass frame (i.e. $\mathbf{p}_1$ and $\mathbf{p}_2$, the momenta of the ...
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Speed of light invariance (once again)

The answer to this very good question seems to be favored by a large amount of users. Yet it seems to imply that the constancy of the speed of light and its finiteness stems from the underlying ...
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Hafele-Keating revisited with a gravity clock

Most modern clocks use electromagnetic phenomena to measure time. There are perhaps some older clocks that involve gravity to some degree (hour glass, pendulum), but I believe they still have a ...
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Classical Fermion and Grassmann number

In the theory of relativistic wave equations, we derive the Dirac equation and Klein-Gordon equation by using representation theory of Poincare algebra. For example, in this paper ...
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Physics newb: Why can't I plug $E=mc^{2}$ into $W=mg$?

Starting with $E=mc^{2}$, I solved for $m$ and plugged the result into $W=mg$. Which was very confusing, as objects at rest had no weight: $$W = (e/c²)\cdot g \implies W = (0/c²)\cdot g \implies W ...
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Why can't we use a simple stick to communicate faster than light? [duplicate]

Assuming I and a partner are each holding an end of a very light lightyear long stick, could I transmit morse code faster than light to my partner by tapping or wiggling that stick? Wouldn't he feel ...
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Inertia on relativistic mass when particle is near speed of light

Inertia is directly proportional to mass but what happens when something travel to speed near to light. Its relativistic mass tends to infinity but that is false mass so I want to know if inertia is ...
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Exact definition of momentarily comoving reference frame (MCRF)

Consider a particle $P$ in the framework of special relativity with position $r(t)=(ct,x(t),y(t),z(t))$ respect to an inertial reference frame $\Sigma=(ct,x,y,z;O)$. I need to know if the following ...
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What's the name for the relativistic paradox with the train/car travelling over a gap?

There is a relativistic paradox I was introduced by a friend in Ithaca (Courtenay Footman). It involves a vehicle travelling over a ravine relativistically, so it's in the general family of ladder ...
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Field of view from travelling at (almost) the speed of light?

As we go faster, our field of view increases, but would happen if we travelled at (almost) the speed of light? My questions: Can we see a 360 degree view while travelling at (almost) the speed of ...
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Significance of x in the Lorentz equation for time

Why does the term x appear in the Lorentz transformation equation for time? What is its significance?
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Finding the velocity of a particle [duplicate]

How to find the velocity of a particle which has mass $m$ and energy $E$ considering the non-relativistic and the extreme relativistic limits?
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Relativistic speed/energy relation. Is this correct?

The relativistic energy-momentum equation is: $$E^2 = (pc)^2 + (mc^2)^2.$$ Also, we have $pc = Ev/c$, so we get: $$E = mc^2/(1-v^2/c^2)^{1/2}.$$ Now, accelerating a proton to near the speed if ...
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Is there any theorem that suggests that QM+SR has to be an operator theory?

UPDATE To make my question more precise, I'll define what I mean by an operator theory: An operator theory is a theory in which the dynamical objects are operators, i.e., the equations of motion ...
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Lorentz contraction of object in circular motion

Apparently a bunch of people totally misunderstood my previous question and choose to ignore the clarifying comments. Let me change the conditions to remove all the confusion. A group of particles ...
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What is the correct relativistic distribution function?

General Statement and Questions I am trying to figure out the proper way to model a velocity/momentum distribution function that is correct in the relativistic limit. I would like to determine/know ...
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Is the existence of electromagnetic standing waves dependent on the observers reference frame?

If I take two plane EM waves travelling in opposite direction e.g. $E = E_0 \sin(kx-\omega t)$ and $E=E_0 \sin (kx + \omega t)$, they sum to give a standing wave with a time-averaged Poynting vector ...
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Is $E = p^0$ in non-inertial frames?

In special relativity the energy of a particle is the 0-component of the 4-momentum. However, is this still true in non-inertial frames, and in particular in non-freely-falling frames in general ...
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Does it make sense to say that objects moving at relativistic velocities appear in space-time cross-section?

Let object A move at relativistic velocity relative to a frame O. In 4D space-time (Minkowski diagram) the space view of O at any given moment of its own time is a space-like hypersurface (hyperplane, ...
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How does flying over synchronize clocks look like?

I have a relatively (pun intended) simple conceptual question that has me going in circles as I begin my course work into Modern Physics. The question is straight forward enough: You are gliding ...
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Is there a reason why a relativistic quantum theory of a single fermion exists, but of a single scalar not?

When we try to construct the relativistic generalization of non-relativistic time dependent Schroedinger equation, there are at least two possible completions - Klein-Gordon equation and Dirac ...
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Triplet paradox

The situation is: A stay at a station B,C board the same train that moving away from the station while the train moving away C start moving inside the train in the opposite direction as such A sees ...
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What happens to wheels of a car moving near speed of light? [duplicate]

Let's take a standard ACME Thought Experiment Division car with a max speed of a leisurely, constant 0.75c in a straight line. So, for an external observer, the body of the car behaves like a typical ...
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If acceleration causes relative time dilation does the eventual deceleration reverse it?

If acceleration causes relative time dilation does the eventual deceleration reverse it? For example: traveling to Alpha Centauri Based on me reading this site: ...
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Relationship between locality, causality, and free theories

This text on QFT defines a free theory as that in which dynamics of the field for each degree of freedom evolves independently from all the other. In principle we have an infinite degrees of freedom, ...
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View of right-angled-triangle from a constant-velocity relative observer [closed]

Suppose I have a picture of a right angled triangle drawn in the X-Y plane, and a man whose velocity relative to the to picture is $0.4c\hat{x}-0.4c\hat{y}$. Will the angle $\theta$ that the man ...
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Why magnetic field lines and force are not orthogonal with magnets?

The below explanation why magnetism exists is superb in this video. The explanation about magnets is also great in this video. A magnet has atoms with unpaired electrons forming mini magnets. The ...
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Does relativity violate uncertainty principle?

Let us say I sit on an electron. According to me the electron is at rest. Also, I will know the position of the electron accurately as I can take the electron as the origin. So, I know both position ...
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How do the postulates of relativity relate Lorentz transforms to their inverses?

This question is about one of the assumptions involved when one is deriving the Lorentz transformation, for example under "Principle of Relativity" in Wikipedia's page on the derivations. Let me ...
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if mass is dependent on velocity, and velocity is relative, how can we determine rest mass [closed]

If I'm not mistaken, $m=\gamma*m_0$ ($\gamma$ being the lorentz transformation) But $\gamma$ depends on velocity. How do we determine velocity if velocity is relative? If we are currently being flung ...
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Einstein’s Thought Experiment of a Stationary Box and a Photon

1) First of all, let us consider a particle of light, also known as a photon. One of the interesting properties of photons is that they have momentum and yet have no mass. This was established in ...
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How much is the maximum posible information travel speed in medium?

Light has slower speed in medium. Should we consider this when we use special relativity in atmosferic(or any other type of medium) motions? If we should use vacuum light speed, does it mean photons ...
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Light in mass moving at high velocity

Imagine if you will, a strand of fiber optic cable 186,000 miles long. A pulse of light is sent through the stationary cable: it takes 1 second for light to travel the entire length of the cable. Now ...
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Plane curve transform to moving inertial system coordinates

As a non-phycisist I hope my question makes sense and is understandable. It deals with special relativity. I suppose there is a e.g. plane curve ( e.g. a circle ) given in the x-y plane of of an ...
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What exactly is $T_{\mu\nu}$?

Continuous matter is described in special relativity by the matter tensor which is the so-called stress-energy-momentum tensor. I am finding a difficulty understanding how a tensorial tool ...
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Length contraction: Is it permanent? [closed]

Lorentz contraction problem: By Bertrand Boucquillon Components of the problem: - Bob (observer) - 2 identical rods that both measure 1 meter. Let's call them rod X and rod Y - Point A - Point B ...
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Local EPR-experiments with photons in vacuum?

The principle of non-locality states "that an object is influenced directly only by its immediate surroundings." (Wikipedia) When two entangled particles are measured in an EPR experiment, we ...
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What am I missing about the interaction between electromagnetism and Lorentz length contraction?

I was recently reading this short article: http://galileo.phys.virginia.edu/classes/252/rel_el_mag.html It explains how magnetic and electric fields are related because in one frame of reference where ...
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Doppler shift for a uniformly accelerating observer

This was given in textbook as an example. An observer on a spaceship with a four velocity $u$ is approaching from $x = +\infty$ a star at rest in the reference frame $S$ while undergoing constant ...
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Available energy in centre of mass system

The problem given is "A proton of total energy 3GeV makes a head-on collision with a 5GeV electron. Calculate the available energy in the centre-of-mass system to create any new additional particles ...
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Showing $\frac{d^3\underline{k}}{2\omega_{k}(2\pi)^3}$ is Lorentz invariant [duplicate]

Show $\frac{d^3\underline{k}}{2\omega_{k}(2\pi)^3}$ is Lorentz invariant. Hint: try to evaluate $\int dk_0\delta(k_0^2 - M^2)\theta(k_0)$ where $M^2 = \underline{k} + m^2$ My attempt is as ...
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Given a current velocity and a fixed input energy, how much faster will a relativistic particle be?

The relativistic kinetic energy of a particle with mass $m$ and velocity $v_0$ is $$m c^2 (\gamma_0 - 1) \textrm{ where } \gamma_0 = \frac{1}{\sqrt{1 - \frac{v_0^2}{c^2}}}$$ I would like to know how ...
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Conservation of 4-momentum in special relativity

I understand that the inner product of two 4-vectors is conserved under the Lorentz transformations, so that the absolute value of the four momentum is the same in any reference frame. This is what I ...
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acceleration and its effect on the speed of light

One of Einstein's thought experiments involved a rocket and two light sensors inside the rocket, one at the top, and one at the bottom. When the rocket was at rest, a pulse of light from the bottom ...
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Requesting explanation for why dark matter evidence is not explained by special relativity [duplicate]

Good afternoon. I'm doing research for a possible hard science fiction project and was looking up information on dark matter. Wikipedia--hardly an authoritative source, I know--mentions that the ...
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Lorentz invariance of the Minkowski metric

As far as I understand, one requires that in order for the scalar product between two vectors to be invariant under Lorentz transformations $x^{\mu}\rightarrow ...