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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Deriving the speed of the propagation of a change in the Electromagnetic Field from Maxwell's Equations

I've been told that, from Maxwell's equations, one can find that the propagation of change in the Electromagnetic Field travels at a speed $\frac{1}{\sqrt{\mu_0 \epsilon_0}}$ (the values of which can ...
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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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Questions about null geodesic [closed]

Show for the null geodesic in 3D flat spacetime using polar coordinates so the line element is $ds^2=-dt^2+dr^2+r^2d\phi^2$. Do light rays move on straight lines? My question is that I only learned ...
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How to motivate the importance of the spacetime interval

The spacetime interval is a rather important thing in Special Relativity. It allows us to define the separation between any two events as spacelike, timelike or lightlike and more importantly, the ...
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What if a faster-than-light particle is found?

What will be the consequence (severe ones) on laws of physics if a particle that travels faster than light is discovered? I am looking for a more general answer so that a high school student would be ...
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Relativity gedanken experiment

Lets consider the following thought experiment: A spaceship is in circular orbit around Earth traveling at 99% of $c$ (the orbital distance is chosen in such a way that inside the ship there are no ...
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Limits used to find non-rel limit of the Klein-Gordon equation

I just have a question regarding assessing the non-relativistic limit of the Klein-Gordon equation. In the book I'm following (Quantum Mechanics by Bransden & Joachain) they use the limits (Chpt. ...
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Does contracted spring weigh more than stretched one?

(One of examples that potential energy contributes to mass.) Does hot object weigh more than cold one? (One of examples that kinetic energy contributes to mass.) If these are true and justified by ...
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What is the inconsistency between Maxwell's electrodynamics and newtonian mechanics?

As far as I understand, when a modification of a theory is made it is because some observation required this modifcation. Quantum Mechanics is a nice example of that: observations of microscopic ...
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Why doesn't the existence of proper-time $\tau$ imply a preferred reference frame?

A proper time interval $\Delta\tau$ for a given observer is a relativistic invariant. However, the calculation of $\Delta\tau$ requires reference to some arbitrary coordinate time t: $$\Delta\tau = ...
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Question/Doubt about Time Dilation Symmetry in Special Relativity

Apologies if this has been asked and answered before, as I am still having doubts reconciling the symmetrical effects of time dilation (i.e each frame sees clocks of other frame slowing down), and I ...
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Relativity of simultaneity: Is my reasoning here correct?

I have a situation similar to that underlying the twin 'paradox' - the observer m1 below remains stationary while the observer m2 goes off on a space-time trajectory, and then returns to m1's ...
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Mass in special relativity?

Is the mass of a object at rest defined by $$E=mc^2$$ where $m$ is the rest mass. I.e. does the rest mass include every thing from thermal to gravitational potential energy and every other possible ...
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The mass-energy equivalence for rest mass

It is clear that the kinetic energy can be derived as $(m-m_0)c^2$. However, why do we say that $m_0c^2$ is the rest mass energy? It seems that this mass-energy equivalence for rest mass is just a ...
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What do I see if I move quickly past a charge surrounded by iron filings?

This might be a straightforward exercise, in which case I apologize. Suppose I surround a charge by iron filings initially oriented in some fixed direction, and I then move past the charge at an ...
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Classical Klein-Gordon theory is a free relativistic theory

The classical Klein-Gordon theory for a real scalar field is called a relativistic free theory. It is called a free theory because the dynamics of the degrees of freedom in the momentum space of the ...
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Spin of a gauge field

I was wondering what is the simplest way to understand the reduction of the Wigner's little group from $SO(d-1)$ to $SO(d-2)$ when one considers massive and massless fields respectively (in a $d$ ...
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Electron in a Magnetic Field: Force parallel to velocity?

According to the four-force given in this question, Force is parallel to velocity. But the Lorentz Force is perpendicular to velocity in a constant magnetic field. Is this a contradiction? [a ...
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The derivation of the Mass-Energy(including mechanical energy) equivalence principle [duplicate]

(Not duplication! I couldn't find the answer for the general case, instead of the special case that I've already seen in Youtube I hyperlinked.) I will fully satisfy with not only a mathematically ...
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Mass-Energy Equivalency

We call $E=mc^2$ the Mass-Energy Equivalency because it equates mass and energy together. But, by that same logic, shouldn't we call $E=\frac{1}{2}(mv^2)$, the equation of kinetic energy in Newtonian ...
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The mass-energy equivalence is a principle which can not be derived from anything? [duplicate]

Not duplication) I couldn't find the answer for the general case, instead of the special case that I already seen in Youtube I hyperlinked. I will fully satisfy with not only a mathematically ...
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Livestreaming at near lightspeed [duplicate]

Please forgive me if this is a stupid question as I have a very rudimentary understanding of physics. I was reading about how the large hadron collider speeds up subatomic particles to near ...
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Simulation of relativistic probe passing through an external solar system

I recently read about the Breakthrough Initiative to launch "StarShot", a nano-probe that is designed to travel to Alpha Centauri at $0.2c$. One of the challenges to be solved involves the precise ...
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Why do we not apply length contraction when finding out the time taken for objects moving at relativistic speeds?

I was going over a question on my own, then I took a brief look at the solution...it's basically about A rocket has a proper length of 250 m and travels at a speed v = 0.950c relative to the Earth. ...
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Twin paradox in special relativity: length contraction

Can the concept of twin paradox be applied to length contraction as well? meaning that the twin which is in spaceship will have its meter rod "actually" contracted while he will see his brother's ...
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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 is time, does it flow, and if so what defines its direction?

This is an attempt to gather together the various questions about time that have been asked on this site and provide a single set of hopefully authoritative answers. Specifically we attempt to address ...
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Time Dilation for a photon [duplicate]

Does a photon experience any time. Since a photon is massless and hence travels at (c) then it should suffer infinite time dilation, and hence shouldn't experience no time?
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How to calculate the maximum speed of an object?

There is a spaceship, whose mass is $100 \, \mathrm{kg}$. The thrust of its rocket is $300 \, \mathrm{N}$. How is it possible to calculate the maximal speed that the spaceship can reach, and the time ...
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The Energy Equation

I've been studying the energy equation in relativistic motion $E= \frac{mc^2}{\sqrt{1-v^2/c^2}}$, which can be expanded as $$E = mc^2 + \frac{1}{2} mv^2\text{ + some other terms.}$$ I'm curious ...
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Lorentz invariance & Noether theorem of classical ED

I want to check invariance of the action under Lorentz boosts for classical electrodynamics. The action is $$S = \int \mbox{d}^4x F_{\alpha \beta} F^{\alpha \beta} $$ I assumed that the fields ...
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Is time a vector in Minkowski space? [duplicate]

I am arguing about this topic with my school teacher in so long time, I want to finish this debate. My teacher's opinion is "Yes, Time is vector" because four-vector has $t$ component, and mine is ...
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The motion-independent definition of force

I think we must be able to accomodate a definition of a force on some particle which is independent of the motion of the particle, for all kinds of forces, to surely verify the statement like 'force ...
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Relative velocity of light beams

Assume two light beams moving in the same direction i want to use the relativistic velocity transformation equation to find the relative velocity with each other, Note : i let $C$=1 ...
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Which reference frame decides the relative velocity of two reference frames?

The following thought experiment is often used to introduce Special Relativity: The thought experiment fails to specify which reference frame establishes $\vec{v}$--the observer on earth or the ...
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What's the connection between the pole contours of propagators and their causality?

Wikipedia distinguishes between three kinds of propagators for a scalar field: The Retarded propagator's contours have $\mathrm{Im}(k^0)>0$ on both poles, so its limit is completely in the first ...
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Doppler effect of matter waves

We all know that the relativistic mass of a moving object in Special relativity increases for an observer who is measuring it for a moving object. We also know the the concept of particle-wave ...
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Determining Proper Time and Distance in Relativistic Systems

I'm having a heck of a time understand how to account for time dilation and space contraction in the following problem: A mothership traveling at 0.620 c toward the Earth launches a landing craft. ...
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Integrating elements of a Lie group with respect to parameters of the corresponding Lie algebra

I am working with an operator $\textbf{M}$ that is represented by the Lie group SO(1,3), thus it can be written as, $$ \textbf{M} = \exp{\textbf{L}} $$ where, $$ \textbf{L} = \begin{bmatrix} ...
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Funny Time Dilation Relation

Today I was curiously calculating/comparing the times of moving observers and the time recorded by a corresponding stationary observer using Einstein's time dilation equation as detailed in Special ...
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Why don't people use Hamilton's equations for a relativistic free charged particle?

A charged relativistic free particle has the Hamiltonian in general: $$ \mathcal{H} = \sqrt{p^2c^2+m^2c^4}.$$ I read somewhere that says, it is possible to go further and say that the EoM are ...
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Simple length contraction question

The question I'm doing states that the nearest star to earth is 4 light years away, as measured on earth and a spaceship can get there in 5 years, as measured by an observer on earth. It asks how long ...
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How far does a photon move in the 4th dimension when it travels one light second? [closed]

In one second a photon moves 3x10^8 meters through the three spatial dimensions. Light's velocity is 3x10^8 m/s. If the photon moved at all in the fourth dimension, it's velocity would no longer be ...
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Stanford: “Objects in spacetime all move at constant speed $c$.” Are they right? [duplicate]

In this Stanford University lecture on Relativity, it is stated: Likewise, objects in spacetime all move at constant speed c in spacetime but if you change its direction, say by moving at speed v in ...
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If the universe is closed, does the twin paradox really matter? [duplicate]

By closed universe, I mean just something like 3-D analog of a closed ring or a sphere. I think it can be one of arguments that the universe must not be closed. Is that right? The paradox is just the ...
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Centripetal effect or curved space time

I think I understand both the centrepedal effect and Einsteins curved space time. However I am confused about which best describes the motion of a planet ( or other orbiting body ). Simply put, does ...
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Coulomb Gauge under Lorentz Boost

In the Coulomb gauge for the Maxwell potential we have $$ A^0 = 0 \\ \partial_i A^i = 0 $$ Under an infinitesimal Lorentz Transformation with parameter $\epsilon$, we have $$ A^\mu(x) \rightarrow ...
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Could we find relativistic energy in a simple way?

I asked a couple of questions on mass(-energy) increasing with speed, but there is still a very simple aspect I cannot understand, I hope you can give a simple and direct answer: The formula to find ...
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What is the Lorentz group representation for a general spin?

Setup, as I understand things so far: One way to think about where the spin of a quantum field comes from is that it is a consequence of the ways that different types of fields transform under ...
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Why is a theory Lorentz invariant if the Lagrangian is Lorentz invariant?

For if I started by trying to make the Hamiltonian Lorentz invariant, I would have failed. Indeed, the Hamiltonian is part of a covariant tensor. But how do I know that the Lagrangian is not a part of ...