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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Helicity of massive particle at high enengy

We know that massless spin-1 particle like photon only has two helicity state (-1,1), what about the helicity of massive spin-1 particle (W boson) at very high energy? Does it have helicity 0 state ...
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How do I make a slowly rotating neutron star using fortran code?

I make a slowly rotating neutron star code but I am little bit confuse, when I solved the coupled differential equation using runga-kutta 4th order method. These coupled differential equations as ...
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Does there exist finite dimensional irreducible rep. of Poincare group where translations act nontrivially?

I read several textbooks of QFT and find that there are two ways to classify the particles or fields. The first one is to study the irreducible representation of Lorentz group (or exactly the ...
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Physical interpretation of distances

Suppose we have a universe with only two distinguishable particles, neglecting gravitation. These particles start off next to each-other, ostensibly "touching" each-other and at rest. If it takes ...
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Dirac spinor and Weyl spinor

How can it be shown that the Dirac spinor is the direct sum of a right handed Weyl spinor and a left handed Weyl spinor? EDIT:- Let $\psi_L$ and $\psi_R$ be 2 component left-handed and right-handed ...
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Signification of “finite but unbounded universe”?

I recently read Einstein's book about relativity and he says that his theory predicts the shape of the universe. It would be finite but unbounded. But how is this possible? What's the difference ...
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Derive Galilean transformation. (The meaning of the relativity)

In the book The meaning of the relativity Einstein says that in classic mechanics two postulates are previously supposed: 1.- The time is absolute. 2.- The longitude is absolute. And this implies ...
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Presentism: doesn't everything exist at the same moment? [closed]

It seems self-evident that everything exist in the Now. Notwithstanding time-dilation and different rates of the passage of time and entropy, doesn't this all still happen in the same universal ...
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Invariance in Euclidean and Minkowski spaces

Consider Wick's rotation from Minkowski to Euclidean space in QFT. What is the connection between O(4) invariance in Euclidean space and Lorentz invariance in Minkowski space? If we define a quantity ...
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Watching a live stream in spaceship traveling away from earth close to speed of light

My name is Dennis. This might sound just straight up ignorant of basic concepts of physics. I was having a conversation with my friend in regards to streaming a live event on earth to a spaceship ...
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How can I do a nested lightcone integral?

I want to do an integral of the form $I(x-y)=\int d^{D+1}z_1...d^{D+1}z_n f(x-z_1)...f(z_n-y)$ where $x,z_1,...z_n,y$ are all (D+1) vectors and $f$ depends only on the proper times between them. ...
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Compressed length of a moving body [closed]

This question is on behalf of someone else without access to a computer so any further clarification or responses may be delayed. The question comes in the form of photos of the original questions as ...
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The norm of the vector sum of two 4-momentum vectors before and after pair production

Two photons traveling along the x-axis (in a lab frame of reference) of different frequencies are about to collide. Their 4-momentum vectors are (h$\nu_1$/c , h$\nu_1$/c , 0, 0) and (h$\nu_2$/c , ...
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Imaginary masses

While watching this video, at around 5:00, the man mentions a certain type of particle having imaginary mass. He also says that these kind of particles can go faster then light. But how it is possible ...
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Relativistic mass and imaginary mass

The (relativistic) mass of an object measured by an observer in the $xyz$-frame is given by $$m = \frac{m_{rest}}{\sqrt{1 - \left(\frac{v}{c}\right)^2}}.$$ Mathematically $v$ could be greater than the ...
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What is the kinematics of a particle with complex mass?

particles with real-mass have time-like kinematics ($ds^2 > 0$). particles with zero-mass have light-like kinematics ($ds^2 = 0$). particles with imaginary-mass have space-like kinematics ($ds^2 ...
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Speed of light in vacuum in special relativity

In special relativity, the speed of visible light is defined as a constant. But visible light is only a small part of the electromagnetism field. So why?
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Rapid acceleration does what to inertial frame clocks?

I'm 10 light years from Earth and see Earth's clock/calendar reading 2000, including light travel time. In other words, I assume it's 2010 on Earth, but what I actually see is the year 2000 due to ...
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Thought experiment on special relativity

If we were travelling in a spaceship, accelerating (arbitrary value) from a velocity 0, and we assumed that times and distances outside of the spaceship remained the same as that of ours, would we be ...
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Does the reaction force appear without delay?

According to Newton's law of action-reaction, there is a reaction force for the action force. He did not say when the reaction appears, whether immediately or with a delay. Could you tell me the ...
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Can information be sent faster than speed of light [duplicate]

I just had this idea one day and I decided upon a thought experiment to verify it. Imagine 2 people A & B sitting on two sides of a pipe which is stretched to a length of 3x10^8 m. The pipe is ...
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Introduction to relativity books [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Getting started general relativity I am an engineer who loves to read science fiction books especially when there's more science than fiction but usually I see that I ...
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Where do I begin in order to study relativity? [duplicate]

I am in high school now and I want to get the basic idea of what relativity. Can anyone suggest me a book or website for it? I am also curious about the mathematics behind it. Is it possible for me to ...
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Are Coulomb's Law and Lorentz force always true for all phenomenon in physics?

I saw two equation about charge: Coulomb's law $$\mathbf F=k \frac{q_1q_2}{ r_{12}^{2} }\, \mathbf{\hat r} $$ and magnetic Force $$ \mathbf F=q \, \mathbf v\times \mathbf B$$ My question ...
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Is there a limit to how hot an object can get?

If heat is the measure of how fast the atoms are moving in an object, than isn't there a limit to how hot that object can get as nothing can go as faster than the speed of light. So because the atoms ...
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Is there a fourth component to the electric field and magnetic field?

The Question If the three vector electric and magnetic fields come from the four component four-potential, then is there a fourth component to the electric and magnetic field? Related Question I ...
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Stacked motors thought experiment

first of all, I'm not a mathematician, just curious about something that came up to my mind and maybe you can help me out. Scenario: I have a motor that spins let's say at 20K revolutions per ...
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Spin state after boost

I am working through Weinberg's QFT book, and in problem 1 in chapter 2 I ran into copious amounts of algebra, so I am trying to "cheat" a little by using some assumptions, but am unsure of their ...
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Why is there a minus in the Gauge Field Lagrangian kinetic term? [duplicate]

For vector Gauge fields we usually write the kinetic term: $$ \mathcal{L} ~=~ - \frac{1}{4} F_{\mu \nu} F^{\mu \nu}$$ while for matter fields e.g. for a real scalar: $$ \mathcal{L} ~=~ \frac{1}{2} ...
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What is wrong with this derivation of the lorentz factor

in attempting to derive the lorentz contraction, I assumed that light speed is measured the same from all inertial reference frames. The situation set up is object A is standing still, whilst object B ...
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Why is there no absolute maximum temperature?

If temperature makes particles vibrate faster, and movement is limited by the speed of light, then temperature must be limited as well I would assume. Why there is no limits?
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Value of $E_x$ through an $X-\textrm{boost}$

Suppose I'm standing at the (0,0,0) point of a coordinate system and I see an electric field where $E_x=f(t,x,y,z)=\sin(x\cdot y\cdot z\cdot t)$ and at time $t_0=0$ I start moving on the x-axis at ...
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Composition of Lorentz Transformations

If a particle is moving in the $x$-direction with velocity $c/2$, then the Lorentz transformation $\Lambda = \begin{pmatrix}\gamma & -\beta \gamma & 0 & 0 \\ -\beta \gamma & \gamma ...
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Electromagnetic Tensor under Lorentz transformation, $F'(\Lambda x)= \Lambda F(x) \Lambda^T$?)

Suppose we have a configuration of electric and magnetic fields $E(x1,x2,x3,x4)$ and $B(x1,x2,x3,x4)$, they depend of position and time for a fixed coordinate system. And I want to know how someone in ...
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How does Newtonian gravitation conflict with special relativity?

In the Wikipedia article Classical Field Theory (Gravitation), it says After Newtonian gravitation was found to be inconsistent with special relativity, . . . I don't see how Newtonian ...
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Lorentz invariance of the Heaviside function [duplicate]

Consider the Heaviside function $\Theta(k^{0})$. This function is Lorentz invariant if $\text{sign}\ (k^{0})$ is invariant under a Lorentz transformation. I have been told that only orthochronous ...
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Rest Mass Clarification

I would like to know about the Rest Mass? Why we need the phrase "rest mass"? Because, mass is a constant quantity? Or Is the Mass varying with velocity? How can we understand that mass varying with ...
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“Spacetime tells matter how to move; matter tells spacetime how to curve” and acceleration in flat space-time? [closed]

John Wheeler stated "Spacetime tells matter how to move; matter tells spacetime how to curve." Does this contradict with the assumption that mass can be accelerated in flat space-time (see i.e. this ...
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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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Is there a universal rest frame of reference?

I am still struggling with C being a constant and what that implies. So can an experiment be done to find the resting state for the universe? Take a device with an observer and a light source and two ...
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Does rest exist?

I initially thought that the concept of rest depended on an inertial frame of reference. So for example, if the Earth and everything on it were the only things in the universe, and the Earth was ...
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question dealing with time dilation and length contraction

In Einstein's theory of relativity and reference frames, It states that an observer on earth watching a spaceship fly at close to the speed of light heading away going towards a distance star that the ...
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How does length contraction map from a macro size object to its individual sub-atomic parts?

If an object consisting of many atoms is traveling close to the speed of light, explanations of length contraction seem to indicate the whole structure contracts. It seems easy to imagine an ...
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Does inertia increase with speed?

I have heard that when the speed of the object increase, the mass of the object also increase. (Why does an object with higher speed gain more (relativistic) mass?) So inertia which is related to ...
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Rapid (ac/de)celeration in relativity does what to inertial clocks?

EDIT (to clarify my question): I think some of the answers here are accounting for light travel time and telling me what I'd actually see on Earth's clock, so I've edited my first paragraph to ...
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What do observers in relative motion agree on?

What are the measurements on which two observer in relative motion will agree? Other than the speed of light.
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Finding an explicit expression for inverse of Lorentz transformation ${\Lambda^\mu}_{\nu}$

I'm studying in a module titled "Symmetries and Action Principles in Physics." I'm having a small trouble with the notation, I think, of special relativity. We have in the text In fact we may ...
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Is there a relation between time dilation and (relativistic) mass increase?

I noticed that what once called relativistic mass increase and now is called energy increase is ruled by the same formula the Lorenz factor of time dilation? The formula is too particular to suggest ...
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Oh-my-god particle: How can it get through Milky way in 10 seconds?

My question is concerning wikipedia article on Oh-my-God particle, to be precise, this paragraph: This particle had so much kinetic energy it was travelling at 99.99999999999999999999951% the ...
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Help with relativistic notation (Derivative of Lagrangian)

I am trying to learn QFT, but I haven't taken a course in general relativity so the relativistic notation stuff is taking me a bit to get used to. I do not understand how to do the following. For a ...