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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What is relationship between electromagnetic mass and rest mass?

Is there a direct equation which compares rest mass $m_°$ and electromagnetic mass $m_{em}$? Nothing on web I found. $m_{em} = \frac{4 E_{em}}{3c^2}$ 4/3 problem The final solution of the ...
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Which one of these energy formulas is correct? [on hold]

Which one of the following formulas is correct? What do they mean/represent? How are they used? $E=mc^2$ $E^2=m^2c^4+p^2c^2$ $E=\frac{mc^2}{\sqrt{1-\frac{v^2}{c^2}}}$
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The relativity of all motion

From a basic text on special and general relativity, I've gleaned that accelerated motion provided Einstein a headache initially because it seemed like his principle of relativity- that all motion ...
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Is there any uncertainty between mass and proper length or time?

I was trying to naively draw a parallel between special relativity and the Heisenberg uncertainty principle. I try to understand uncertainty principle as a consequence of 4-position and 4-momentum ...
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Hubble's constant measured by observer approaching light speed

I recently read about expansion of the universe and I can't figure out if Hubble's law (and other models of expansion of the universe) is compatible with the theory of relativity. My question is: In ...
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Relativistic transformation of electrical current [on hold]

If, in frame $S$, we have an electrically neutral wire with some current $I$, modelled as positive charges moving in $x$ direction and negative charges moving in $-x$ direction, then how would one ...
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Dirac Equation in RQM (as opposed to QFT) is written in which representation?

In introductory Quantum Mechanics treatments it is common to see the Schrödinger's equation being written, simply as: ...
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Help understanding Bell's spaceship paradox

The problem statement of Bell's Spaceship paradox is this: Two spaceships float in space and are at rest relative to each other. They are connected by a string. The string is strong, but it ...
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Reference for Reichenbach synchronisation and non-standard special relativity

My professor introduced in the last lesson a new method for clock synchronisation, which he called "Reichenbach synchronisation". In this new method, two clock A and B synchronise themself with 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 ...
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What spacelike, timelike and lightlike really mean?

Suppose we have two events $(x_1,y_1,z_1,t_1)$ and $(x_2,y_2,z_2,t_2)$, then we can define $$\Delta s^2 = -(c\Delta t)^2 + \Delta x^2 + \Delta y^2 + \Delta z^2$$ which is called the spacetime ...
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After proving that the photon remains stationary in the fourth dimension, must we conclude that the fourth dimension is moving at c? [on hold]

Firstoff, in his general relativity Einstein showed that dimensions could bend, curve, and move. This is an experimentally proven fact. Dimensions can, and do, move. In an earlier post we ...
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According to the theory of relativity, (relativistic) mass of an electron changes when it moves at very high speed; how and why? [duplicate]

It is given that $$ \mathbf m' = \frac{m}{\sqrt{1-\frac{v^2}{c^2}}} $$ How does (relativistic) mass change here?
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How do photons experience time? [duplicate]

I know that as velocity approaches the speed of light the time dilation shoots to infinity as shown below. 1)So I want to know how time is perceived from the point of view of the photon? 2)Since ...
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How does a photon experience space and time?

To an an external observer it appears that time has stopped for photon. But this relation is reflexive, so for an observer travelling with the photon it appears the universe has stopped everywhere. ...
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Does photon experience time? [duplicate]

According to the special theory of relativity, for all observers the speed of light is c. Any observer travelling at the speed of light c does not experience time. Hence even protons shouldn't ...
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How did the Michelson-Morley experiment really confirm the universal speed of light? [on hold]

So we know the earlier physicists largely assumed light moved in the aether as a fixed reference frame, and the Michelson-Morley experiment successfully disproved that. But it appears that the ...
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Are we traveling through time at the speed of light? [duplicate]

In the image below the y axis represents time and x represent velocity. Point D represents velocity c, point E represents 1 second per stationary observers second. What this chart is showing is as you ...
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Calculating speed in four dimensions [on hold]

If you are moving at $c$ in 3D space and $c$ in time axis too, What would be your total speed? Edit: Since question has been voted to be closed, I shall make an Edit. In 4D world all objects move ...
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How to derive addition of velocities without the Lorentz transformation?

Lorentz contraction and time dilatation can be deduced without Lorentz transformation. Can you deduce also the theorem of addition of velocities $$w~=~\dfrac{u+v}{1+uv/c^2}$$ without Lorentz ...
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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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What does $v=c$ in the Lorentz transformation for time tell us?

For the simpler cases as boost in the x-direction, the time dilation formula following the Lorentz transformation for time is $$\Delta t'=\gamma(\Delta t-v\frac{\Delta x}{c^2})$$Now, we observe that ...
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According to Einstein & Brian Greene, does the photon remain stationary in the fourth dimension? [duplicate]

According to Einstein and Brian Greene, does it logically follow that the photon remains stationary in the fourth dimension? In An Elegant Universe, Brian Greene writes: “Einstein found that ...
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Proper time of world lines in twin paradox

I was thinking about the twin paradox in Special Relativity and I thought I understood it fine, but when I view the "paradox" in a certain way, I get confused. So we have two twins, John and Jim. Let ...
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Is time an observable in Relativistic Quantum Mechanics?

Relativistic Quantum Mechanic is based, as far as I know, in the Dirac Equation. Now, the Schrödinger equation, in the abstract state space takes the form: $$i\hbar ...
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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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Do we know why there is a speed limit in our universe?

This question is about why we have a universal speed limit (the speed of light in vacuum). Is there a more fundamental law that tells us why this is? I'm not asking why the speed limit is equal to ...
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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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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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Are photons massless? [closed]

If anything that has no rest mass will travel at the maximum possible speed. Hence, light being massless travels at this speed. Does this means that photons are massless?
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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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How does EM radiation depend on the reference frame?

In special relativity, magnetism is electrostatics in a different reference frame. This is how we explain the magnetic field being produced by moving charges (aka currents). Charges that move produce ...
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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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Derivation of force law in special relativity

I've seen force defined in special relativity as the rate of change of 4-momentum $$ {\bf{F}} = \frac{d {\bf{p}}}{dt} $$ Can anyone comment on the following derivation of that relation? Take one ...
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(Hyper)Surface of Simultaneity

How can I determine the surfaces of simultaneity if I know the metric? In particular, what are the surfaces of simultaneity for rotating disk with Langevin metric: $$ ...
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Two particles of different velocities travel through a region of time-dependant acceleration. At what time do they meet afterwards? [on hold]

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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How do simple two-component Fierz identities follow from a property of the Pauli matrices?

On page 51 Peskin and Schroeder are beginning to derive basic Fierz interchange relations using two-component right-handed spinors. They start by stating the trivial (but tedious) Pauli sigma identity ...
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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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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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$F=ma$ 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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“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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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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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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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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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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Colliding beams vs static target

In this problem I need to find the threshold energy of a positron-electron collision that creates a Z boson (the reverse of the following picture; Z mass 92 GeV) in two distinct cases: collision ring ...
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Is proper time a vector?

Proper time is identical with the spacetime interval of a timelike movement. A spacetime interval is the dot product of two vectors and thus a scalar. Proper time however is always pointing exactly ...