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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Local Phase Transformation of the Dirac equation

The Dirac Equation ("free Dirac") is a relativistic Equation of Motion (EoM) for a free ($V=0$) Spin $1/2$ particle (like an electron). The free Dirac equation is invariant under global phase ...
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The path that a light beam takes in empty space

First excuse me if this question is very simple for you but for me and for my friend is not. Recently we were discussing what path a light beam will follow in a box moving at a constant velocity in ...
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Why are the electric force and magnetic force classified as electromagnetism?

I confuse the four kinds of fundamental interactions, so I think the electric force and magnetic force should not be classified as a big class called electromagnetism. Here is my evidence: The ...
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Yukawa Potential in non-relativistic limit

In Peskin's book "An Introduction to Quantum Field Theory", on page 121 (section 4.7) , it tries to recover the Yukawa Potential in the nonrelativistic limit, but there's a simplification that I don't ...
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Working out Length Contraction

I'm having trouble reconciling the quantitative and conceptual aspects of length contraction. This example is taken out of a book: Say a particle is moving toward us at 0.99c, relative to us. If at ...
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Physical reasons for metric definition in special relativity [duplicate]

I am working through "General Relativity" by Wald, and am currently going through the brief section on Special Relativity. The spacetime metric is defined as $\eta_{ab} = \sum\limits_{\mu, \nu=0}^3 \...
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Two particles of different velocities travel through a region of time-dependant acceleration. At what time do they meet afterwards? [closed]

Two projectiles: $P_{1}$ and $P_{2}$ have velocities $v_{1}$ and $v_{2}$, both propagting in the x direction and starting at $x=0$. They propagate with constant velocity over a distance $L$ and reach ...
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Trouble understanding spacetime and invariant interval

First, how is the invariant interval useful? How can it help us understand things around us in the universe? Second, I know that they changed time into space or better say SPACETIME in order to ...
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Is the $i$ in QM a time component in disguise?

In SR, it is possible to replace the Minkowski metric $\eta_{\mu\nu}$ with a (pseudo) euclidean metric $\delta_{\mu\nu}$ provided that time is measured in imaginary units. I was wondering if the same ...
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Rest mass of phonon: is this concept definable?

Phonons are obtaied by non-relativistic quantization of the lattice vibration. The dispersion relation is given by $\omega=c_s k$ where $c_s$ is the velocity of sound. What can we say about the mass ...
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$F=ma$ can only be used if the relativistic mass of the object is known, true?

I have received this question "Einstein's ideas on mass mean in essence the equation $F=ma$ can only be used if the relativistic mass of the object is known. Describe in your own words to what ...
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Tensor notation of Maxwell's equations

Tensor notation of Maxwell's equation read So when we explicitly try to find the Maxwell's equation from the above tensor equation we only get gauss law and curl of B. The div.B=0 and curl of E are ...
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How to show invariance using the Maxwell tensor?

I want to show the invariance of $E^2-c^2B^2$ under the Lorentz transformations. The obvious way to do this is to show that $$E^2-c^2B^2=E'^2-c^2B'^2,$$ where $E'$ and $B'$ are the Lorentz ...
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“Constant Fermion”

I was talking to a professor in my institution which works in Lorentz Violation of various QF theories. While we talk about a SUSY lagrangian, I asked him if we could have a fermion acquiring VEV and ...
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Speed of a particle approaching that of light relative to itself

There's a particle moving at a certain speed $v$ with respect to a reference frame $A$ through an axis I will call $x$. We thus know that for the frame of reference located at the particle itself, the ...
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Question about time dilation for a traveler that can reach the “edge” of the universe

I thought I understood time dilations but I feel now confused. Imagine somebody traveling in a rocket near the speed of light, close enough so that he will be able to reach the edge of the universe in ...
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Rotation matrix for aligning x-axis in an arbitrary direction

I want to align the x-axis of my coordinate system, with an arbitrary direction in space $\hat{n}$. About which axis should I rotate? Ceratinty rotation about x-axis or $\hat{n}$-axis will not serve ...
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Lorentz force in different reference frames?

I have been introducing myself to special relativity and relativistic electrodynamics, and became curious about the similarity of the electric and magnetic forces. I'm trying to show that the combined ...
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In relativity, perpendicular motion does not show contraction… Isn't the whole concept lost?

I read in HC Verma's Concept of Physics that a body moving in direction perpendicular to length, doesn't show Length Contraction. And Length Contraction, they said, is to maintain the velocity of ...
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Intuitive picture for Mandelstam $t$

In tree-level electron-positron scattering one has two possible channels corresponding to Mandelstam variables $s$ and $t$. The $s$-channel ist fine, there $\sqrt s$ is just the center of mass energy ...
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Does the temperature of a body depend on the frame of reference? [duplicate]

Does the temperature of a body depend on the frame of reference?
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Help needed for Simple derivation for duality of matter

A teacher told showed me a way to derive an equation which shows the duality of matter. We know, $E=hc/\lambda$. and $E=mc^2$ So, $hc/\lambda=mc^2$ We get, $p$ ( momentum ) = $h/\lambda$. How ...
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Rotating magnet and magnetic field intensity change?

if magnetic disc is rotating on it's axis super fast and electric field is produced(because of time varying magnetic field),does this means that in the frame of non moving observer magnetic field no ...
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Special Relativity, refractive index and catching up with a wave

Einstein was partially motivated by the following: With Maxwell's equations, a plane wave is a sinusoidal wave that varies in space in time and moving with speed $c$. These variations are linked by ...
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Time variable in Lorentz transformations

When an object goes with a speed near from the light celerity, it inflates in the direction of its speed. The inflation rate is given by Lorentz transformations as follows: $x'= γ(x-vt)$ where $v$ ...
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Special Relativity and its relation to refractive index [duplicate]

As is known, light slows down (compared to vacuum) whenever it enters a medium. Also, Special Relativity effectively puts a limit on the max. speed of any body. So is it possible for a body (in a ...
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Are all diffusion-like processes described as wave-like in relativity-compatible formulations?

Citing from Wikipedia's article on relativistic heat conduction: For most of the last century, it was recognized that Fourier equation (and its more general Fick's law of diffusion) is in ...
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Staggered Indices ($\Lambda^\mu{}_\nu$ vs. $\Lambda_\mu{}^\nu$) on Lorentz Transformations

I have some open-ended questions on the use of staggered indices in writing Lorentz transformations and their inverses and transposes. What are the respective meanings of $\Lambda^\mu{}_\nu$ as ...
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How do electromagnetic waves/light travel at the speed of light?

When something reaches the speed of light, then time is said to stop, or at least is perceived to have stopped. The reason is that at that speed, the object become infinitely heavy and requires ...
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Norm of the momentum 4-vector

The norm of the momentum 4-vector is $\mathbf{P}.\mathbf{P}$ $= (\gamma mc, \gamma mv).(\gamma mc, \gamma mv) = \gamma mc^2 - \gamma mv^2$ But why is $\gamma mc^2 - \gamma mv^2 = mc^2$?
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A point on a disc travelling at the speed of light [duplicate]

This might be a duplicate of this. I had an interesting thought experiment: suppose that you have a disc of a 1 m radius, where a point P2 inside the disc travels at the speed of light. You have a ...
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Rotations acting on quantum states

Suppose I have a free relativistic massive particle described by a state $|p,\sigma\rangle,$, with $p^\mu=(p^0,0,0,p^3)$, so that $P^3|p\rangle=p^3 |p,\sigma\rangle$ and $J_3|p,\sigma\rangle=\sigma|p,\...
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If photons travel at the speed of light how can they ever be destroyed? [duplicate]

If photons travel at the speed of light than due to relativity they must experience no time frame in which to be destroyed in the first place so they must be immortal which is silly. So, clearly I am ...
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What type of fields are continuous spin representations?

Continuous spin representations (infinite dimensional representations of the Lorentz group) are pretty rarely discussed, and usually not in that much mathematical details. And usually it is done in a ...
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Deriving Fizeau's velocity equation with special relativity

I can't get to the equation Fizeau found experimentally, $u = \frac{c}{\mu} + v(1-\frac{1}{\mu^2})$, Using special relativity. In particular, where does that minus sign come from?! I have done: $$ \...
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special relativity mirror experiment

There's an experiment in special relativity that involves a light source and a mirror, both placed in a moving object. It is used to derive the time dilation equation. I'm having serious doubts about ...
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How can photon have wave properties if they travel at the speed of light? [duplicate]

I am not a physicist so please excuse me if this is a dumb question. As far as I understand Relativity, as observer (in this case a photon) travels at the speed of light, time stops. So how can the ...
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Can we produce energy from pure substance having considerable mass? [closed]

According to Einstein's formula, $E=mc^2$. Any substance which has mass can be converted into energy or energy is also existing in the form of mass. So I am very much interested to build a machine ...
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If E= hv then E= mc2 then h=mc2/v! [closed]

E= pc (1) = hv (2), p= mc (3) From (1) and (2): c= hv/p (4) We put (4) in (3): p=hv/p.m => p2=hvm (5) If we use E=hv in (5) we will get: E= p2/m (6) We use (3) in (6) we will get: E= mc2 From ...
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Derivation of Lorentz Transformations

How can I derive the Lorentz transformations? I don't want to use hyperbolic functions and the fact that the light waves travel by forming spherical wavefronts. Is there a way to derive the Lorentz ...
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How can we know that the speed of light is constant?

Science say that within a constant time frame the light travels a constant distance. But if time is relative how can it be possible to use it as a reference to say that something is constant?
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Do we have rest mass according to quantum physics? [closed]

I know wave must be in motion and resonant waves are actually in motion. So I don't understand what is a rest mass of a particle. If a particle is just a wave in a particular field, it should be ...
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4-Gradient Lorentz Transformation

I am currently studying the behavior of a scalar field $\phi$ under a Lorentz transformation $\Lambda$. However I am having trouble understanding why the following holds true: $$\partial_{\mu}\left(\...
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Head-on collision near lightspead [duplicate]

Assume two objects moving near light-speed (for this experiment let's say $0.9c$) towards each other. The speed is measured from an observation platform at the collision point (as I understood ...
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Does momentum scale linearly with time, assuming a constant nonzero net force, even at relativistic speeds?

I would expect it to, since you'd think the loss of velocity due to relativity would be made up for by the gain in relativistic mass. I'd like this to be confirmed, though. and if so, in whose ...
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Differences in notation of momentum 4 vector

I have noticed three ways to write the 4 momentum vectors: $P = (E/c, \vec{p})$ $P = (E, \vec{p})$ $P = (E, c\vec{p})$ I know how to derive equation 1, and as far as I know, one can use the ...
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Dark Matter vs. Mass from Kinetic Energy

I was thinking about dark matter, and was wondering if the extra mass due to kinetic energy has been taken into account. Here's what I mean: let's talk about any cosmological object that is known to ...
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If photons end up having a tiny mass, say $10^{-54}~\rm kg$, what would be the universal speed of massless particles?

First, I'm no expert so sorry if I get anything confused but I tried to research as much as could before asking this. So while it is pretty much accepted that photons are massless (Despite this ...
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Obtaining the temperature from Bose-Einstein and Fermi-Dirac distribution

Lets say you are given a distribution function $f(p)$ and you want to define a temperature, $T_f$, for this distribution. (I assume $\mu = 0$.) It is then natural to define a temperature the ...
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Parallel axes between inertial frames in Special Relativity

In "CLASSICAL ELECTRODYNAMICS" by J.D.Jackson, 3rd Edition , $\S$ 11.3, the author gives in equation (11.19) a generalization of Lorentz transformation as follows : If the axes in K and K' remain ...