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Can a spheromak propagate in vacuum?

I recently learned about (and am now fascinated by) spheromaks. I am no expert on plasma physics, but as I understand they are analogous to propagating toroidal vortices (smoke rings), but with plasma ...
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Rayleigh-Taylor Instability dependence on acceleration direction

I'm trying to bolster my understanding of the Rayleigh-Taylor instability, and I've gotten stuck on the point of which fluid (more or less dense) is being accelerated into the other. Cases of uniform ...
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Why do most office chairs have 5 wheels?

(Inspired by Why are four legged chairs so common?) I've been wondering for a while... Why do most wheeled office chairs have 5 wheels? My guess would be that while stability vs. simplicity ...
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Deducing instability growth rates from the Hamiltonian for the nonlinear schrodinger equation

Consider the following nonlinear Schrodinger equation (NLSE): $$A_t+iA_{xx}+i|A|^2A = 0$$ where $A$ is a complex valued function of $(x,t)$. A solution to this equation is $A=a_oe^{-ia_o^2t}$. We ...
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How to do linear stability analysis on this system of PDEs?

I was reading this paper. The model as in the paper is given below. Is it possible to do a linear stability analysis on this system? If so can someone help me?
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Why does graphene exist?

I started to read some articles on graphene and almost all say that graphene was discovered late because physicists thought it would be unstable. Despite this, I didn't found a clear explanation of ...
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Do all celestial objects have stationary orbit?

Do all celestial bodies of sufficient mass such big asteroids, moon, planets etc. have orbit such that the period of revolution is same as the sidereal period of that object (such as geostationary ...
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Is there any stable hadron?

Neutron can decay into proton and I think some hypothesis claim that proton can also undergoes decay into subatomic particles... Is there any hadron that never decays?
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Does the maximally-extended Schwarzschild horizon see the entire past of the parallel universe?

I've seen similar discussions for the inner horizons of Kerr and Reissner-Nordstöm metrics, but I've never seen mention for the simple maximally extended Schwarzschild geometry: As an infalling ...
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Deviation from Earth's orbit

How much orbital deviation is required for the Earth to get knocked out from current orbit so it either moves away from Sun or towards the Sun?
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Spinning rubber ball with equatorial ridge

I have this rubber ball with something like a very slight equatorial ridge (sort of like Saturn's moon Iapetus) which I often spin around on my desk. I keep noticing that no matter the inclination of ...
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Why does the mass on the cart-pole have to fall?

Not sure if I am posting this question in the correct community, as it relates primarily to reinforcement learning. Apologies early on if this is not so. In reinforcement learning many algorithms ...
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Stabilizing a rotating wheel with a changing center of mass

Imagine a rotating wheel. For simplicity's sake let's assume it's not under the influence of any significant external forces (including gravity). This wheel is hollow, and objects inside are ...
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What are the Kinematics of an Irregular Tripod?

It is a common maxim (at least within the Scouting community) that a triangle is the most stable shape. In practice this means structures should have three legs whenever possible, and have cross-bars ...
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Why is this handle flipping back and forth? [duplicate]

This gif of some kind of handle being spun in zero gravity has been doing the rounds: Why is it flipping back and forth? It seems odd that it flips, then seems to rotate around one axis in a ...
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Why does this object periodically turn itself?

See below gif image taken from here. Or see this Youtube video about 30 sec in. Is this a real effect? Why does it seem to turn periodically? Can it be explained by classical mechanics alone? ...
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Is it okay to put singularities into the wave function to test behavior around unstable potentials? [closed]

$$ \psi(r)=\sqrt[4]{\frac{ a}{8\pi^3 }}\frac{ \exp (-a r)}{r^{1.25}} $$ The wave function above is an example of a function that is normalizable in 3D space and $r=\sqrt{x^2+y^2+z^2}$. $$ -\psi ...
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Two planets in same orbit - not planets?

Let us pretend for a moment that there are two identical planets that are exactly opposite their star from each other and are the same distance from said star. (This would make them, at all times, ...
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Can a natural satellite have a synchronous orbit?

I was thinking about space-elevators and large masses being put into geosynchronous orbit, when I considered the possibility of a natural satellite being in a synchronous orbit. I did a little digging ...
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Calculations to Determine Force Required for Gyroscopic Stabalization

I am currently undertaking a project involving gyroscopes, the aim of which is to stabilize a large object. I have read that gyroscopes work because of conservation of angular momentum, and if you ...
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Is it possible that any spatial variation in press disturbance without gravity?

When gravity (and buoyancy), acting as the only body force of a liquid, is ignored. Is it possible that any spatial variations in pressure perturbation are the result of fluid motion or some other ...
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How can the unstable particles of the standard model be considered particles in their own right if they immediately decay into stable particles?

How can the unstable particles of the standard model be considered particles in their own right if they immediately decay into stable particles? It would appear to a layman such as myself that these ...
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growth rate of the instability of a laminar flow?

I was just studying something about The Plateau-Rayleigh Instability that I saw something called Growth rate of the instability. My question is the exact physical definition of growth rate of ...
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Can 4 collinear planets exist?

Imagine 4 planets, A has moon a and B has moon b. A and B are binary planets. Is it possible that a and b and A + B all have same the period, so that the 4 planets are collinear?
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What does the g mean after the isotope given?

I'm familiar with notation such as Sc-44m standing for the meta stable state of Sc-44. What does Sc-44g mean? There are a few examples of this notation; here's one: ...
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How “large” is a Lagrange point?

When placing an object at a L-point, the natural assumption, as with all things gravity, is that you needn't place it in an exact spot to achieve a stable configuration. How much room do you have to ...
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Why don't electrons collide among themselves

The Heisenberg principle states that we cannot ascertain simultaneously the position or momentum of any small particle. However slight, is there a chance that 2 or more electrons from the same or ...
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Examples of systems with stable equilibria on the boundary of the phase space

An example of bounded gradient flows are Hopfield networks, which are gradient dynamical systems, used (among other things) to solve combinatorial optimization problems, because stable equilibria are ...
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Stability and Laplace's equation

Consider four positive charges of magnitude $q$ at four corners of a square and another charge $Q$ placed at the origin. What can we say about the stability at this point? My attempt goes like this. ...
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A particles lifetime in relation to the speed it travels with

Is it possible for a particles or any matter's lifetime in the universe to depend on it's speed?
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Can we theoretically balance a perfectly symmetrical pencil on its one-atom tip?

I was asked by an undergrad student about this question. I think if we were to take away air molecules around the pencil and cool it to absolute zero, that pencil would theoretically balance. Am I ...
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Initial conditions for second order ODE with complex stiffness

I tried this on Math Stack Exchange. I'm trying to find initial conditions to ensure systems of the form stay bounded $$\ddot{x}_i+\sum_{j=1}^N k_{ij} x_j = 0, \quad k_{ij} \in \mathbb{C}.$$ For ...
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Bottle stableness optimization

A few days ago me and some friends played a game where you need to upset a bottle with a ball(flunkyball). Then a question occured: "How much water do we need to put into the bottle that its ...
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The pressure profile of a static heap of granular substances

The following is the pressure profile of a pile of sand. Note that there is a pressure minimum at the center. A possible explanation for this is: Due to the close packing of the grains, any grain ...
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Why are L4 and L5 Lagrange points stable as points and not part of a circle?

I read this Phys.SE thread which is similar Why are L4 and L5 lagrangian points stable? but I did not want to necro that thread. It seems that most discussions of a three body problem are presented ...
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Why are L4 and L5 lagrangian points stable?

This diagram from wikipedia shows the gravitational potential energy of the sun-earth two body system, and demonstrates clearly the semi-stability of the L1, L2, and L3 lagrangian points. The blue ...
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Why doesn't an orbiting body keep accelerating?

As a physics newbie I'm trying to get a grip on basic orbital mechanics. I think I'm beginning to get grasp on how bodies interact with each other. When a body approaches another body it accelerates ...
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Gravity effect on moving bodies

If we imagine two suns of equal mass, and a small object in their combined center of gravity, which is not moving, it will stay there forever. If the object is displaced a little bit towards one of ...
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Vacuum stability in quantum field theory

What exactly do people mean when they talk about the scale dependence of the effective potential ($V$)? I explain the motivation for my question (and hence my confusion) below. Please correct me as ...
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How stable is a tablespoon of neutrons once removed from a neutron star? [duplicate]

I've often heard public lectures describing the degenerate, exotic matter left behind after a star collapses but fails to go supernova; one that has found its way to become a neutron star. The speaker ...
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Why doesn't a bike/bicycle fall if going with a high speed?

Why does a bike/bicycle fall when its speed is very low or close to zero and is balanced when going with a high speed?
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Why should slope of pressure versus volume always be negative?

I read that the slope of the pressure, ($P$), versus volume ($V$) graph should always be negative for thermodynamic stability, but there was no further explanation in the text. Could someone give an ...
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What makes an orbit stable or unstable?

I have an assignement, where I have a given central potential $V(x)=-\frac{K}{6r^6}$ and object with an angular momentum $L$. I've calculate the radius of a circular orbit, which I've done by ...
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Classifying regions of Van der Waal like gas

Given the equation of state $$p+a\left(\frac{N}{V}\right)=\frac{Nk_BT}{V-bN} \tag 1$$ Taking into account of the fact that a realistic model requires $p \geq 0, V \geq Nb, N>0$ classify the ...
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Countersteering a motorcycle

Everyone knows the story about countersteering. For those who don't I will explain it below and after the explanation i will ask my question. You can watch this short video as a beginning: ...
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Is Dyson Sphere a stable construction?

Suppose that a star is encompassed by a Dyson Sphere. Do we need a position control system for the Dyson Sphere to keep its origin always aligned with the center of the star? Will it stay aligned ...
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Is it possible that every single isotope is radioactive, and isotopes which we call stable are actually unstable but have an extremely long half-life?

I've read that tellurium-128 has an half-life of $2.2 \times 10^{24}$ years, much bigger than the age of the universe. So I've thought that maybe every single isotope of every single atom are ...
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Recursion relations and stability analysis

I have a recursion relation in the form of the following two equations: $X_{t+1} = X_t + V_{t+1} \\ V_{t+1} = wV_t + cy(g-X_t)$ I want to write these two equations into a matrix form so that I can ...
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Why are planets in unstable equilibrium in a stable orbit

It is well known that a planet in stable orbit is in unstable equilibrium. If e.g. the moon was just a few m/s slower in velocity, or a few m closer to the earth than it is, the gravity would ...
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Why is a hexagon such a stable shape for materials?

A hexagonal lattice is famously the shape of graphene, the source of the 2010 Nobel prize. The shape also shows up in beehives and in the basalt columns of Giant's Causeway in County Antrim. ...