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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Hidden momentum

I'm trying to learn about hidden momentum. After reading what I could find with a google search, I understand that it is equal to the momentum carried by radiation, calculated with the Poynting ...
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Translational and Rotational Energy in Special Relativity

In non-relativistic classical mechanics: $$\tag{1} \begin{eqnarray} \text{KE}&=&\frac{1}{2}\sum_i m_i v_i^2=\frac{1}{2}\sum_i m_i (\vec{v}_{cm}+\vec{v}_{i,rel})^2 \\ ...
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What speed should have an alone planet to have a habitable zone due to relic radiation?

What speed should have an alone planet to have a habitable zone due to relic radiation, without any star involvement? How much time the planet will be able to remain in the habitable zone before the ...
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Majorana equation and non-invariance of spinor representation under discrete Lorentz transformations

Here I asked about getting an equation for two-component spinor as the alternative for Dirac equation. It was found that it is called Majorana equation. It may be easily derived by using historical ...
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Unitary Lorentz transformation on quantized Dirac spinor

I am stuck again on page 59 of Peskin and Schroeder. In particular, I do not know how they get equation (3.110). Let me first give some background in the way that I understand it (but I might be ...
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(References) Study of Asymptotically Flat spacetimes

I am interested in studying the asymptotic structure of Minkowski spacetime in General Relativity. I believe most of the work in this area concerns the asymptotic structure of Minkowski space at null ...
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Does FTL signaling allow signaling in the past at the cost of arbitrary precision?

In a recent paper (http://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-642-30870-3_53#page-1), G. Szekely and P.Nemeti wrote the following. Let us consider two reference frames A and B initially, at event ...
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Consistency of equation with special relativity?

The following is the equation which, I want to know, if it is valid in relativistic domain. Consider two equal charges moving in same direction with velocity $v$ and charge $q$ at a separation of ...
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Charge above a conductor; effects due to Lorentz force law for moving charges

Currently working through a practice preliminary examination problem. I have your standard charge situated a distance d from a infinite conductor(lets say in the $\hat{z}$ direction and neglecting ...
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Manipulating a formula for a relativistic Doppler shift

Lets say we take the standard configuration when $x'y'$ is moving away from system $xy$ (image 1). By knowing that the phase is constant in all frames $\phi=\phi'$ we can derive the Lorenz ...
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minimal proper time curves bounded on acceleration

Assuming Minkowski spacetime, we know that the longest proper time curve joining two points is the rect joinining both events, While the shortest time-like curve is not a compact set (because there ...
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The definition of Lorentz transformation

I know that the Lorentz transform, when two frames $\mathcal{S}$ and $\mathcal{S}'$ are in standard configuration (the axes are all parallel to their counterparts in the other inertial frame) is ...
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Solving the equation of relativistic motion

How does one solve the tensor differential equation for the relativistic motion of a partilcle of charge $e$ and mass $m$, with 4-momentum $p^a$ and electromagnetic field tensor $F_{ab}$ of a constant ...
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Car parking special-relavity puzzle

Hi I read the following puzzle from an old text book long time ago. However it doesn't provide the answer. So what is the solution? Let's suppose a car is going to park to a garage and the garage is ...
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How do I extend the Lorentz transformation metric to dimensions>4?

How do I extend the general Lorentz transformation matrix (not just a boost along an axis, but in directions where the dx1/dt, dx2/dt, dx3/dt, components are all not zero. For eg. as on the Wikipedia ...
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Does space expansion change value when traveling near the speed of light?

To draw an analogy, we receive roughly the same amount of cosmic background radiation from all directions. However if we were to travel near the speed of light relative to the reference frame where ...
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Is potential energy frame dependent in special relativity?

In newtonian mechanics, As far as I'm aware, only kinetic energy is dependent on frames of reference, since kinetic energy is a function of velocity(squared) and velocity is dependent on frames of ...
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Are relativistic spacecraft slowed down by oncoming gamma ray photons?

I recently read that a proton having an energy of ten billion GeV can travel across our galaxy in about 5 minutes from the frame of the proton. From the Earths frame we would see it take roughly ...
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invariant angles in Minkowski space

Invariant intervals are fundamental in relativity. But if you make a triangle in space-time from 3 invariant intervals, then it will also have 3 invariant angles, by the cosine law which can easily be ...
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Is Lorentz Transformation about the difference of coordinates or coordinates of itself?

I have seen different authorities talking about different interpretation of Lorentz transformation. In his book 'Introduction to Classical Mechanics', David Morin states We always talk about eh ...
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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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The derivation of the irreducible representations of the Lorentz group

I took the way of classification of Lorentz group representations from Sexl, Urbantke, Relativity, groups and particles (Germ. ed. 1975). But I don't understand it as I outline in the following: In ...
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Would magnetic charge (i.e., magnetic monopoles) be Lorentz invariant if it existed?

Would magnetic charge (i.e., magnetic monopoles) be Lorentz invariant if it existed? It is clear that Maxwell's equations in themselves permit magnetic charges but what would their relativistic ...
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Total cross section of particle decay

Suppose a particle A travelling along the $z$-axis and decays into particles B and C. The cross section is given by $$\frac{d\sigma}{d\cos\theta^*} = k(1+\cos\theta^*)^2$$ where $k$ is a constant ...
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Taking a 'relative' limit

I am looking at Hamiltonians for specific physical situations. I have taken a given Hamiltonian $\vec{H}(\vec{p}, \vec{x})$ and have found the following Hamiltonian equations: $$\frac{d\vec{x}}{dt} = ...
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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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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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Is macroscopic causality an issue in the context of certain quantum experiments?

In order to formulate my question properly I need to explain a few things. Cramer_Herbert Zych_Brukner Reference 1. - John Cramer, Nick Herbert, "An Inquiry into the Possibility of Nonlocal Quantum ...
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What does it mean to perturb the electromagnetic energy with respect to a change in a Lorentz frame?

I am perturbing the energy of an electromagnetic field using \begin{align} \dfrac{\partial U}{\partial \zeta} = \dfrac{1}{\mu} \boldsymbol{H}\cdot \dfrac{\partial \boldsymbol{H}}{\partial \zeta} + ...
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How to add together non-parallel rapidities?

How to add together non-parallel rapidities? The Lorentz transformation is essentially a hyperbolic rotation, which rotation can be described by a hyperbolic angle, which is called the rapidity. I ...
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Space and time variant? But together invariant?

I admit I'm having difficulty with spacetime. I don't understand how unifying space and time, seemingly variant quantities, results in an invariant spacetime. All texts and references talk about using ...
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Are reversible and irreversible processes frame dependent?

since it is all about time. If I have a look at an irreversible process from a frame where time runs really slow. is there a possibility of considering that process reversible from that frame?
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Two spaceships are accelerating equally, uniformly on exactly parallel tracks. Does a rope suspended between them eventually rip?

This question is a variant of "Bell's spaceships problem". Rather than one spaceship following the other "on the same track", let the two spaceships accelerate "side by side", on exactly parallel ...
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Homogeneity of the Lorentz Transformation

The standard Lorentz transformation is linear and homogeneous. This fact implies the following: $\Delta t'= \gamma\ (\Delta t - \frac{v \Delta x}{c^2}),\ \Delta x'= \gamma\ (\Delta x - v \Delta t),\ ...
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Two particle collision - excited particle emits photon absorbed by the other particle

Part (a) Doing everything in the lab frame: 4-vector before collision: $(Mc,0)$ Let $E$ be energy of photon emitted, p be momentum of de-excited particle. 4-vector after collision: ...
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What does the temperature of the early universe tell me?

I am re-reading Weinberg's book "The First Three Minutes". In the Introduction he makes this statement: "At about one-hundreth of a second, the earliest time about which we can speak with any ...
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Compatibility of twin paradox with the time-dependent Hubble constant

The universe is currently expanding with a speed of about 70 km/sec/Mpc which is today's Hubble constant. As this expression includes two length units, it is also possible to use the unit: $sec^{-1}$, ...
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Perceived direction of light emitted in moving reference frame

I was thinking the other day about the simple example used to demonstrate time dilation effects and to derive the Lorrentz factor - where the time it takes for a light pulse to be emitted, bounce of a ...
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2 questions on 4-velocity

Firstly 4-velocity is defined by $u^\mu=\frac{dx^\mu}{d\tau}$ let us consider the component $x_i$ of $x^\mu$ then this derivative can be written as: ...
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Clock synchronazation in special relativity using signal other than light

I'm reading Taylor & Wheeler "Spacetime Physics" and have a question about possibility of correct clock synch using signal other then light. For example, we choose reference clock(A) and at ...
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Spin in relativity

Mass and spin of the particle are used in classification of elementary particles. The mass is defined to be a Lorentz invariant quantity. On the other hand, the spin is a spacelike 4-vector and cannot ...
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Why don't we experience dilatations in Minkowski spacetime?

The question This question follows on from the use of projective coords for spacetime in Notation for Translation Group Generators . Under Felix Klein's Erlangen Program, Minkowski spacetime starts ...
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Why does Coulomb's law not hold for fast moving charges?

We all remember calculating the electric force of interaction between a stationary nucleus and a revolving electron using Coulomb's law. The electron in this case is moving. Here's what I think about ...
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Since “coordinate time” has a very specific meaning, how to call more general parametrizations?

Recently I've learned that "coordinate time" assigned to a particular time-like spacetime path is not only required (1) to be monotonous and continuous and even differentiable wrt. the "proper time" ...
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A question on an exercise from Gravitation by Misner, Thorne and Wheeler

My question is on problem 4.1 of Gravitation. In a generic case of electric field and magnetic field(i.e not $E=0$ or $B=0$ or $E$ and $B$ perpendicular), define the direction $\hat{n}$ unit vector , ...
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Explain polarization in RF in which the conductor is stationary

Consider a metal rod parallel to $x$-axis moving with velocity $\vec v =(0,v,0)$ perpendicular to magnetic field $\vec B=(0,0,B)$. Lorentz force will give rise to the electric field $\vec E = - ...
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4-acceleration of rotating frame

Consider the 3-dimensional Minkowski space $$ ds^2=dt'^2-dr'^2-r'^2d\phi'^2 $$ Now we transform it into a rotating frame: $$ t'=t,r'=r,\phi'=\phi+\omega t $$ Then the metric becomes $$ ...
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Deriving the relativistic Larmor equation

I have derived the Larmor equation as $$P = \frac{q^2}{6\pi \epsilon_0 c^3} |\ddot{r}|^2.$$ How do I make this relativistic? Apparently, I have to consider the acceleration parallel and ...
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Hyperbolic Cosine and Sine in Terms of 3-D Velocity

Intuitively, why are $\cosh(\theta) = \frac{1}{\sqrt{1-(v/c)^2}}$ and $\sinh(\theta) = \frac{v/c}{\sqrt{1-(v/c)^2}}$ true in special relativity? Is there some picture I can draw in Minkowski space ...