A region of space devoid of any fluid molecules resulting in a zero pressure in ideal cases. In practice, even space has a small but finite number of molecules.

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Calculate rotational duration of magnetic levitation inside a vacuum chamber?

Background Numerous examples show rotating pyrolytic graphite (or similar diamagnetic material) that can be moved using a laser. Problem The problem has the following objects: An N52 grade ...
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At what velocity does space no longer equal a vacuum? [on hold]

In Dr. Alistair Reynolds's book (Revelation Space), he mentions that space only equals a vacuum at low speeds. At which velocities would space no longer count as an almost vacuum?
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How fast until you feel wind in space? [duplicate]

I couldn't find this question asked anywhere else, so I thought I would ask it here: does anyone know how fast you would have to be traveling in space to feel 'wind' from the particles in front of ...
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How would water drain out of a sealed pipe?

While hiking through the Grand Canyon, I started wondering. Say we have a pipe for the purpose of transporting water across a canyon, with the bottom submerged in a pool of water. Like the blue line ...
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Could false vacuums potentially describe, in part, the Big Bang?

I've just read about something I had never of before, false vacuums. After reading a couple descriptions of what a drop (or rather, a vacuum metastability event) would imply, I thought of the Big ...
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How do you isolate a single photon?

How do scientists/researchers isolate a single photon (for single photon sources)? How do they know they have isolated it? Is it really totally "isolated"? What is the photon isolated in? Sorry if ...
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Why is normal ordering a valid operation?

Why is normal ordering even a valid operation in the first place? I mean it can give us some nice results, but why can we do the ordering for the operators like that? Is its definition motivated by ...
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Work to Create a Vacuum

I'm trying to determine the amount of work required (in Joules) to create a vacuum of a certain pressure in a tube. A pneumatic cylinder will be used to remove the air from the tube to create the ...
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Expansion of atoms

If an atom is the smallest particle in the universe, does that mean that the spaces in between the atoms in water when being heated (expansion) are vacuum?
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What happens to the energy?

if we make a bell ring in a vacuum room for 5 mins. And then open the door, will be able to hear the sound? If no sounds vibrations are emitted to the environment what happens to the energy that ...
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Do all liquids boil in a vacuum?

Water boils at positive temperatures when put into a vacuum. Is this the case with all liquids, e.g. mercury?
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Is there an equivalent to wetness for air?

I was wondering if there was something equivalent to the property of being wet with water, but with air instead. For example, if I drop water on my shirt, I'll notice by its appearance and feel that ...
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Can “vacuum be brought” from outer space?

Instead of creating vacuum in chambers on earth, why can't vacuum be brought from outer space in chambers? Outer space pressure ranges from $10^{-6}$torr to $10^{-17}$torr very very low. Is it ...
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Do we breathe air by creating a vacuum?

How do we suck air into our lungs, are we generating a vacuum?
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Does supercavitation create vacuum?

While reading the amazing things that the mantis shrimp can do, such as moving two of their limbs so quickly that the water around them 'supercavitates', a friend of mine told me that those limbs were ...
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How “unnatural” is the universe? [closed]

Looking to read up on the impact the discovery of Higgs boson has on the String Theory I came upon these two paragraphs in an article about the Higgs boson Nobel Prize: One possibility has been ...
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How do instantons cause vacuum decay?

From what I read about on instantons (Zee, QFT in a Nutshell, pg 309-310), an instanton is a vacuum solution that maps $S^3 \rightarrow S^3$ (the boundary of Euclideanized spacetime), which comes from ...
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What is “Energy” of a vacuum in the context of quantum theory?

I'm not a physicist or cosmologist, so I hope I am asking the right question with the right words here. My question regards the word "energy" as it pertains to quantum vacuum states, and to concepts ...
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Why should energy have a lower bound but not an upper bound?

This question seems to be naive, but I really want some intuitive way of understanding the reason. Neglecting some trivial explanations, I have only one idea about this: the vacua state. Consider ...
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How do objects outside a spacecraft fall “around” the earth?

Now I get what microgravity is, how spacecrafts (even moon) fall around the earth to keep up themselves in their orbits and other related concepts after reading ...
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Vacuums and free space

Do physicists use the terms "vacuum," "quantum vacuum," and "free space" synonymously? For example, I have read that based on conservation arguments, the spontaneous splitting of a photon into an ...
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What is space made of?

General Relativity posits that matter curves spacetime, such that geodesics point towards the object in question, hence, gravity. Now, how does matter do this? What is spacetime "made of", anyway, ...
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The relation between classical and quantum vacua

First let me clarify what I mean by vacuum. Suppose we are concerned with a theory of fields $\phi ^i$ defined on a stationary globally hyperbolic spacetime $M$ (I want the spacetime to be stationary ...
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How to transfer mechanical power from the inside of a vacuum chamber to the outside while maintaining a seal?

In a vacuum chamber how would one transfer mechanical power (either rotation or linear) from inside to the external environment? I'm working on an idea for a new/different type of motor that would ...
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Tadpole diagram and vacuum

This statement may be well-known. For many massless theories, these tadpole diagram graphs vanish in dimensional regularization (by dimensional analysis and the absence of any inherent mass scale in ...
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Mechanical waves edge between material and vacuum

I have been thinking about the propagation of EM waves vs. mechanical waves and some of their odd cases. One such case that I haven't been able to puzzle out is what happens when a mechanical wave ...
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Help with vacuums?

Okay, here is my understanding. Please correct me if anything here is incorrect. Suppose I have a cube with a side length of ten inches. It has a surface area of 600 square inches, and at an ...
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Space between particles [duplicate]

I am a high school student, and I am just wondering what is the space between each particle, like what is the gap around each atom? I have found no text book cover this topic. Is it a vacuum?
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How can a vacuum have a breakdown voltage?

This question (What is the capacitance between the Earth and Moon?) on EESE makes me wonder: How can a vacuum have a breakdown voltage? If electrons can find the shortest path through a vacuum, ...
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Could energy be stored into (not extracted from) the quantum zero point field (like a battery)?

In order to explain the question clearly, I will make a short introduction. In 1962, Josephson predicted that for a sufficiently thin insulating layer, it should be possible for Cooper pairs to ...
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After using annihilation operator on vacuum state, why it is $0$ instead of vacuum?

For bosonic systems, why $a|0\rangle=0$ and not $a|0\rangle=|0\rangle$?
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Child-Langmuir Space Charge Law for Non-Zero Cathode Potential (Non-Zero Initial Electron Velocity)

I'm trying to reconcile some conflicting results that I've found in publications that address the idea of the current in a vacuum diode in the case where the cathode has a non-zero potential, in other ...
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Can you clean the air in a small room using a vacuum cleaner?

You can use a vacuum cleaner to vacuum the floor but if you tried to vacuum the the air in a small room would this work or will the laws of physics stop this from working in any way? In what way would ...
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Balloon, lighter than air and vacuum?

As I understand, in a balloon/air balloon, a gas burner is used to heat air or using some lighter atom like helium. Since helium or hot air is lighter and less dense than the cool air around the ...
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Can low end hepa vaccums still clean near all of the air?

In the US HEPA filters will remove 99.97% of particles sized 0.3 microns. In Europe HEPA filters do not have to meet this exact figure and there are different classes of HEPA filters e.g. h10(removes ...
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Can a vacuum cleaner be used to purify the air in a small room? [closed]

A hepa vacuum cleaner will pick up fine dust from the floor, filter it and send the clean air out through the exhaust. However with movement in the room fine dust will also be goinng up in the air ...
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Does water have surface tension in a vacuum?

I could be totally wrong here but I was thinking about water surface and what creates that. My thought is it is the thin mixture of water and air separating the two. This mixture creates the boundary ...
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How is a vacuum able to propagate light?

We say that sound waves need a medium to propagate and we know that light doesn't need such a thing. But is that really how that works? There's no such thing as "nothing" according to Quantum ...
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Finding the vacuum which breaks a symmetry

I will start with an example. Consider a symmetry breaking pattern like $SU(4)\rightarrow Sp(4)$. We know that in $SU(4)$ there is the Standard Model (SM) symmetry $SU(2)_L\times U(1)_Y$ but depending ...
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why cannot fermions have non-zero vacuum expectation value?

In quantum field theory, scalar can take non-zero vacuum expectation value(vev). And this way they break symmetry of the Lagrangian. Now my question is what will happen if the fermions in the theory ...
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What is the meaning of the negative vacuum expectation value of the Higgs field? Do we see it in nature?

In studying about the Higgs field and related, I find little mention of the equilibrium point at -V. I would like help conceptualizing what a negative vacuum expectation value is, ideally with respect ...
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How electromagnetic fields travel through vacuum?

How electromagnetic fields travel through vacuum is it right to say that they propagate or travel? do they alternately form each other by charged particles?
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If empty space is not really empty, what does the space between an atomic nucleus and its electrons consist of? [duplicate]

I'm currently reading Brian Greene's The Elegant Universe and have also picked up his other book - The Fabric of the Cosmos. In The elegant universe Brian makes up an interesting point that empty ...
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Beryllium Vacuum Sphere Boat/Aircraft

Is it possible to make a solid rigid evacuated "balloon" out of Beryllium or other elements or alloys? The critical buckling pressure at which an evacuated sphere is given as $$ ...
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Is nuclear fusion via underwater vacuum possible?

An under water explosion creates a bubbly which quickly collapses on itself. The action takes less that 1/100 of a second for bubbles less than a foot across. This creates a point of extremely ...
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Can one obtain free energy from the vacuum?

It is known that from the vacuum of a quantum field theory, virtual particle pairs are created and destroyed; is it possible to capture these particles thus obtaining free energy from the vacuum?
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Does space have a “radiation pressure” caused by subatomic particles?

If space is not actually a void, then there's something shooting around in it, I'm guessing a lot like molecules in a gas. Could we apply a $(PV/T = k)$ -like gas law to it. Obviously we're not ...
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Is the double-slit experiment typically carried out in a vacuum?

It is my understanding of the double-slit experiment that when a measuring device is activated, to measure which of the two slits a particle is travelling through, this measuring is responsible for a ...
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What exactly does vacuum contain?

Does vacuum or outer space contain any gases? Recently i watched a video on youtube,in which NASA installs a camera on a spacecraft.The footage shows some dust particles or some matter floating over ...
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What is the perturbative vacuum?

Will someone please supply me with a good definition of the perturbative vacuum vis a vis quantum cosmology?