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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Is there a maximum energy for a relativistic particle?

So I was told today that the Standard Model breaks down at really, really high energies. The lecturer mentioned particles such as electrons hypothetically having energies equivalent to that of entire ...
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A couple of questions on mass increase

I found these experimental data on mass increase. Data of the Bertozzi experiment show close agreement with special relativity. Kinetic energy of five electron runs: 0.5, 1, 1.5, 4.5, 15 MeV ...
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Is there an underlying physical reason why the Coriolis force is similar to the magnetic component of the Lorentz force?

I couldn't help but notice that the expression for the magnetic component of the Lorentz force, $$\mathbf F = q\,\mathbf v \times \mathbf B\,,$$ is very similar in its mathematical form to the ...
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Motion in space

Does a space shuttle travelling in space experience any resistance to its motion? If a body in space is applied constant force, does it attain speed of light after sufficient time?
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Twin Paradox Variation using 2 rockets [duplicate]

Instead of a twin on earth and a twin on a rocket, what would happen if they were both on separate rockets facing opposite directions. One fires off at 0.7c and the the other fires off at 0.2c. Then ...
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How the state of elementary particles change under lorentz transformation?

Let us take three observers namely Alice, Bob and Charlie. Bob is stationary with respect to Alice, but his axes are rotated from her's.We can get Bob's coordinate axes by rotating Alice's through 60 ...
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How to derive the components $\Lambda^i_j$ of a Lorentz-transformation given a boost $\vec{v}$?

I am stuck in deriving a specific formula concerning Lorentz-boosts. In my Classical Mechanics skript there is a chapter dealing with special relativity. In this chapter the Lorentz transformations ...
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Understanding what a tranformation on a Ray and Hilbert space

I've been referring to Chapter 2 of Introduction to Quantum Field Theory by Weinberg where he talks about symmetries and how they go about. Now, there are two points that he mentions. A ray, which by ...
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Relativity of simultaneity: light source inside and outside

(Orange are light sources and red are observers) There is a train, which is moving right. In each side, there is a light source, which emits light when the train passes certain point on a track. And ...
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What would happen if light was converted into matter as it is propogating?

If light is a form of energy and can be converted into matter then does light slow down since no mass full object can reach the speed of light
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What is the proper way to explain the twin paradox?

The paradox in the twin paradox is that the situation appears symmetrical so each twin should think the other has aged less, which is of course impossible. There are a thousand explanations out there ...
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Does invariant mass depends of temperature? [duplicate]

From special relativity theorie we know that $E = mc^2$. When a system acquires energy, mass becomes greater. That is clear for kinetic energy, because we have a formula that gives m as a function of ...
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Time Dilation diagram on wikipedia

The wikipedia article on Time Dilation (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Time_dilation) has an explanation involving the following two diagrams: I have some problems with these diagrams. In the second ...
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How time dilation happens by velocity?

i got many explanation and proving that relative velocity causes time dilation. Einstein's moving light experiment proves it. but that is a clock works with light detector. as detecting the light gets ...
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Why is there a cap on the speed at which we can attain? [duplicate]

Also, If you are traveling 1 mph under the speed of light on a train and throw a baseball in front of you at 20mph what would a viewer outside the train see?
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How does light change directions? [duplicate]

To the best of my knowledge, light will always travel at the speed of light. How then does it get reflected and change directions? Wouldn't it have to decelerate, come to a stop, and then accelerate ...
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A few positrons collide with a solid body at rest; what can happen?

Suppose we have a macroscopic solid object. Now we have a beam of Positrons that is injected into this solid Body at vacuum. What can happen? There will take place a pair Annihilation of electrons ...
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Canonical field momentum in quantum field theory

In the context of the second quantization and the use of fields in the canonical quantization, the canonical momentum of the field is defined as the derivative of the field by the time coordinate. But ...
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Speed of light and infinite energy [duplicate]

While browsing some physics websites, I saw that to make an object reach the speed of light, it requires infinite energy and talked about its relation with Einstein's famous equation $E=mc²$. However, ...
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What is the status of Lorentz Invariance in String Theory ? Is it global or local?

The questions is simple, what is the status of lorentz invariance in string theory ? Is it global or is it only local ? The proof of absence of anomalies assumes lorentz invariance. However, I believe ...
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Would this be correct for kinetic energy in special relativity?

In galilean relativity $$p=mv$$ and $$KE=\frac{1}{2}mv^2$$ If I understand it in special relativity the equation for momentum is $$p=\frac{mv}{\sqrt{1-\frac{v^2}{c^2}}}$$ In galilean relativity ...
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How do you calculate time dilation when neither frame is inertial?

I'm reading Hartle, Gravity and read bout the Twin Paradox. I understand why there isn't really a contradiction, one frame is inertial, the other isn't. However, I'd like to know how to calculate time ...
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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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What are the expression for Energy and Momentum of tachyons in terms of their 'rest mass'?

We examine the possibility of tachyons under the criteria that they form the energy momentum four vector that transforms according to Lorentz Transformations. Therefore, $E$$'$ ...
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How does combining special relativity with quantum mechanics produce spin? [duplicate]

I have read and heard that the intrinsic property of spin that elementary particles have comes from combining special relativity with quantum mechanics. How does combining special relativity with ...
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time of flight between two scintillators

I found this page on Wikipedia about finding distance between time of flight of two particles passing past two scintillators, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Time_of_flight_detector, but I can't find ...
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Time in the early universe [duplicate]

When it is said, for example, that grand unification took place "Between 10−43 second and 10−36 second after the Big Bang", how are these figures of time derived? Moreover, do these figures have any ...
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Relative velocity of light in a medium

The speed of light in a medium is independent of motion of source relative to medium but it depends on the motion of observer relative to the medium. I don't understand why it is so.
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Beyond the speed of light [closed]

Suppose that I can walk/run/travel (not sure if this matters) faster than the speed of light. What would I experience? I know speed of light is a constant and cannot be reached. If someone were to ...
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Is the maximum possible measurable velocity = 2c

What is the maximum velocity that can be measured between two objects? Is 2C the correct answer? Two photons (A & B) are emitted simultaneously from my position; photon A going north and photon ...
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Need some help understanding Relativistic Notation

My question originates from what is done in the book on Quantum Field Theory book by Mark Srednicki on page 21 (if anyone has it). So say you have an inertial frame that is represented in the ...
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Momentum eigenstate definition in Eq (2.5.5) of Weinberg Vol. 1 clairification

This is question is related to one asked here: Questions concerning some parts of the section on one-particle states in Weinberg's first volume on QFT. In Eq (2.5.5) of Weinberg's "The Quantum ...
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If a car is travelling faster than the speed of light, do the headlights still work? [closed]

If a car is travelling faster than the speed of light, do the headlights still work? If you can help because i really need to know i am going on a trip with my car tomorrow!
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Time slows down as you approach the speed of light, travelers observe speeds faster than light travel? [closed]

If I was on a spaceship traveling almost at the speed of light, my time would slow down relative to the time for a stationary external observer. My question is, since we measure distances between ...
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If light slows down while passing through a material, does it speed back up while in a vacuum?

Light slows down while passing through, say, water. After passing through the water, does the light speed back up to the "speed of light"? If so, how and why?
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Does light in vacuum actually travel at the speed of light? [duplicate]

I know my question sounds like a joke (and I suppose on some level it is) but I'm confounded by the following: As the thought experiment goes, if I'm in a spaceship flying rapidly the people on earth ...
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Can we look across Time? [closed]

A photon moves across space, but it does not move across time. If we look at a galaxy that is 1 billion light years away, then we see that galaxy as it appeared 1 billion years ago. Now the ...
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From which reference frame is the time dilation factor measured?

I do not know much physics so please try to answer as simply as possible. I am probably confused but I recently learned that in Special Relativity (you can tell that I don't know much physics), the ...
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Does Gauss flux theorem hold in relativity?

Does the Gauss flux theorem, stated in the classical electrostatics as $\iint{\vec{E}}\cdot{\vec{dS}}=q/\epsilon_0,$ hold in the case of relative motions. For instance if we observe a charged body ...
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Electromagnetic tensor in cylindrical coordinates from scratch

I want to calculate the electromagnetic tensor components in cylindrical coordinates. Suppose I did not know that those components are given in Cartesian coordinates by $$(F^{\mu \nu})= ...
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Clock on constantly accelerating object approaches Gudermannian limit?

If an object is moving away from X with a constant acceleration of a, its velocity at time t (relative to X and accounting for relativity) is given by: ...
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Einstein's train-platform thought experiment — what if we're not talking about light

I'm trying to understand the famous train-platform thought experiment ( http://www.bartleby.com/173/9.html ). I understand part of the Theory of Relativity is that the speed of light is the same ...
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Does light still slow down in the direction of motion?

This is quite a naive question however I hope to learn from this - I had always learnt a light clock in a space ship is placed like so : That said as the light moves the light will seem to slow ...
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Time dilation confusion? [duplicate]

If I understand the theory correctly, time dilation causes a moving clock to tick slower than a stationary clock. If clock A is moving relative to clock B, then clock A ticks slower. However, ...
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Griffiths' argument that Newton's third law is invalid in special relativity [duplicate]

I believe that Newton's third law is valid in special relativity. But I read an argument in Griffiths' textbook Introduction to Electrodynamics (3rd edition), where he argued on page 517, that ...
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Time dilation and Lorentz transformation

I have trouble understanding the Lorentz transformation to proof the dilation of time. If I use: $$dt ^{'} = \frac{dt}{\sqrt{(1-(v^2/c^2))}}$$ Understanding that $S^{'}$ is the moving frame of ...
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Signal travels with speed greater than light breaks causality

Signal can't travel at speed greater than light speed in vacuum which is a assumption of special relativity. But if a signal travels at speed greater than $c$ then it will violate causality. I tried ...
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Measuring distance in a spaceship moving with 0.5c [closed]

If there are a spaceship moving at a speed of 0.5c that sent a photon when an asteroid was exactly $3\times 10^8$ m away, will the distance between the spaceship and the asteroid when the photon hits ...
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Particle lifetime doesn't depend upon longitudinal momentum

I am writing a report on an analysis of the $B_{s}$ meson from CDF data, and as part of the lifetime analysis, I have noted down that: $$\tau = \frac{l_{xy} m_{B_{s}}}{p_{T}}$$ Where $l_{xy}$ is the ...