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. In QFT, it signifies the ground state devoid of excitations/particles.

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Virtual Particles in QCD Vacuum [on hold]

I would like to ask what are the virtual particles in the QCD vacuum. Are they QCD bound states or they are just quarks? In fact, I am puzzled by the logics explained in Peskin and Schroeder book, ...
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Why is the Vacuum Expectation Value measured in GeV?

As I understood, the Higgs field has a non-zero vacuum expectation value (vev) on zero energy. For example, in the case of the non-quantized electric field, it would be measured in $\dfrac{J}{C}$, i....
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Luminiferous æther = quantum's “vacuum”? [on hold]

How is the luminiferous ether, which relativity theory disregarded, different from and similar to what in quantum mechanics is called "the vacuum"?
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Could a bladeless “Tesla Turbine” type air compressor be used as a high vacuum pump?

I have a wacky idea for a new vacuum pump, I'm trying to figure out why it shouldn't work. I'm interested in learning about Tesla Turbines, specifically when used in reverse as compressors or vacuum ...
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Could vacuum chambers lighten the load for space bound technology?

Would cavities of near vacuums in the head (or in the 6 x 6 blocks surrounding the rocket [for reentry temperatures]) of a rocket make it lighter so it can be sent out easier?
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What is meant by a “change in volume of a system”?

I keep getting confused when my professor talks about the change in volume of a system. Sometimes it seems as though he's talking about the volume of the gas and at other times he might be talking ...
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When de-evacuation occurs, what provides energy?

When a syringe piston is pulled from its initial position to spray position by blocking the nozzle with a finger, creating a vacuum inside the syringe, the piston will probably get pulled back to ...
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Have we managed to make a perfect vacuum?

Have we managed to make a device without any atom inside it on earth? I was reading about vacuum here, and I found in the examples part here that even on the best man made vacuum devices, there are ...
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Balloon of ideal gas pops in vacuo - K.E. per atom unchanged, velocities become locally correlated?

My question is: is the following thinking pretty much correct? I'm interested hearing about anything here that is fundamentally wrong. Of course there is a bit of hand waving and approximation. If a ...
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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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If two pieces of the same type of metal touch in space, will they bond and be permanently stuck together? [duplicate]

Yesterday I was watching discovery channel, on a program they said that 'if two pieces of the same type of metal touch in space, they will be permanently stuck to each other.' Is it true..? If yes... ...
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How can there be heat in a vacuum?

I keep reading in the Physics World focus issue on vacuum technology about scientists creating high temperatures in the vacuums etc. If heat is caused by thermal energy being radiated from particles ...
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Space vacuum power

How strong is the vacuum in space? If possible in mph, or other easy to understand measurements...as someone else asked, "if you took a bottle of air into space and opened it, where would it go?" I'm ...
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How long must two surfaces be in contact for vacuum weld/cementing to occur?

Vacuum cementing apparently is far more likely in space than on a planetary surface in atmosphere. How long must two surfaces be kept in contact with each other in a vacuum for vacuum weld/cementing ...
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Virtual Particles real? Virtual particles create a universe?

I am reading the book of Lawrence Krauss "A universe out of nothing", where he explained that the vacuum is not empty. It is a boiling brew of virtual particles that come out of their existence. And ...
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How do we measure the temperature of vacuum?

Afaik. temperature is in relation with the kinetic energy of the individual molecules. In vacuum there are only a few molecules so measuring their kinetic energy is very hard, because vacuum has a ...
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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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What causes the vacuum in my bento box?

I can't think of a good title for my post, sorry about that. I've got a lunch box (called a bento box) Basically it's a plastic box with a plastic lid with a rubber rim around the lid to create 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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What would actually happen to a person jettisoned into space?

Alright, so we have all seen the movies where someone gets blasted out of the airlock on their starship, or their suit decompresses while on a space walk. The poor schmoe usually either decompresses ...
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What are the problems in the idea that a person would freeze to death in outer space?

It is said that the body would freeze to death, if left in outer space, which is true, since the temperature is around $3$K. But what are the flaws in this theory, in terms of thermodynamics (if we ...
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Confusion in understanding of quantum fluctuations and vacuum energy

I'm having a bit of trouble understanding what exactly is meant by a quantum fluctuation of a quantum field and its relation to the vacuum energy attributed to such a field. Is the point, that due ...
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Vacuum expectation value in presence of a source

If a vacuum is translationally invariant i.e., $P^\mu|0\rangle=0$ or $e^{(\pm ip\cdot x)}|0\rangle=0$, we can express the the vacuum expectation value of a field as $\langle 0|\phi(x)|0\rangle$ as $$\...
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If a container is in a vacuum state, what will inside the container?

Let say I can make the container or a bottle vacuum inside, what will actually inside? If this is not vacuum, we can say that it is fill with air, but if we make it vacuum... Will the bottle or ...
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How long is the surface migration length of adatoms deposited by thermal evaporation in vacuum?

The deposition of metals through thermal evaporation involves the process of adatoms migrating on the substrate before its kinetic energy decreases to a certain point or before encountering a cluster. ...
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Why is it called “annihilation”?

The term "annihilate" literally means "turn into nothing". However, when a particle and antiparticle collide, they clearly do not turn into nothing; they simply transform into different particles. ...
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Pressure and humidity

Does pressure/vacuum affect water vapor differently than other gases and hence humidity? For example, imagine I have a vacuum bell at atmospheric (mean sea level) pressure and the air in it is 50% ...
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Do virtual particles actually physically exist?

I have heard virtual particles pop in and out of existence all the time, most notable being the pairs that pop out beside black holes and while one gets pulled away. But wouldn't this actually violate ...
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Why there is electromagnetic resistivity $\approx 377\Omega$ in vacuum?

I cant understand that. If there isn't a material that makes it hard to pass, why there is a resistivity $\approx 377\Omega$ in vacuum?
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Classical Yang Mills vacuum

What is the vacuum of classical Yang Mills theory $$\mathcal{L} = - \frac14 F^{a \mu \nu} F^a_{\mu \nu}~?$$ Is it simply $A^a_\mu=0$ for all its components?
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Proof for fluctuations in vacuum

I'm not a physicist. My understanding of Heisenberg's uncertainty principle and its proof (that is given by an imaginary microscope) is that for example: at a specified time determining the exact ...
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What is meant by “Nothing” in Physics/Quantum Physics?

I am not a phycisist, so please forgive my ignorance. This is related to my posts and this. I am trying to understand what is meant by the term "Nothing" in physics or Quantum Field Theory (QFT) since ...
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Comparison of vacua and annihilation operators of Klein-Gordon theory and phi-fourth theory

The ground state or vacuum of an interacting theory is, in general, different from the ground state or vacuum of a free theory. In what cases are the two vacuums the same as each other? Can an ...
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Annihilation operator in harmonic oscillator

In Wikipedia's QHO page there is a moment when the following is stated: I don't know why "the ground state in the position representation is determined by $a|0\rangle=0$". I would say that the ...
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Is a venturi pump feasible at very low pressure?

I need assistance (or experience feedback) in estimating if a Venturi pump would work at low pressure. A boiler under vacuum (10% atmosphere) will produce steam (at a given speed depending on the ...
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How can we orient light in vacuum?

Let's consider the mirror clock used to show time dilation in special relativity: In the rest frame of the clock, the light pulse from the laser pen propagates in vertical direction down then up: ...
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If we threw a baseball from the ISS, could we deorbit the ball?

Clearly this is a hypothetical question. Say we bring a star baseball player into NASA, prep them appropriately for a mission in space, and fly them up to the International Space Station. They go on ...
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Why are there e.m. vacuüm fluctuations?

According to the rules of qft there are virtual photons in the vacuüm. But how can this be if for the production of photons you need an electric charge?
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The force of a vacuum on a breached environment in space

Screenwriter and Physics newbie, not looking for hard numbers, but sort of a general idea of what the force of a breach in a sealed environment in space would be. In films in space, often the ship or ...
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Can the fact that the vacuum energy in curved spacetime is not boost invariant be explained without mathematics?

I read in an answer to a question if Hawking radiation can be explained without too much mathematics that this is impossible insofar the vacuum energy is not boost invariant in a curved spacetime. ...
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An explanation of Hawking Radiation

Could someone please provide an explanation for the origin of Hawking Radiation? (Ideally someone who I have been speaking with on the h-bar) Any advanced maths beyond basic calculus will most ...
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Entropy and vacuums

If I have a vacuum (completely devoid of any particles; Q.M. effects aside), then turn a nozzle and let a gas freely expand into the vacuum, will I have increased the entropy of the vacuum? I get ...
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effect of opening the barrier between a tube with one side pressurized and the other side a vacuum

What would happen when a tube with an air space pressurized to 500 atm by the water exerted at 5 km below the surface was opened into a vacuum chamber rising up 5 km to the surface? The bottom of the ...
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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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How is the ground state chosen in a spontaneous symmetry breaking process?

This question is about how the ground state is chosen in a spontaneous symmetry breaking process. Say we have a Mexican Hat potential (e.g. the one for the Higgs field) and are sitting at the unstable ...
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Would a literal Air ship (boat) work?

If a set of very large airtight pontoons were made in the vacuum of space, would they float on top of the upper atmosphere? I thought about this while watching the last season of Mythbusters when they ...
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What are the vacuum Einstein's equations? [closed]

I read on Wikipedia that if the Stress-Energy Tensor is set to zero in General Relativity's Field Equation that it makes the Vacuum Equations. What are these equations, and how are they used?
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What really goes on in a vacuum?

I've been told that a vacuum isn't actually empty space, rather that it consists of antiparticle pairs spontaneously materialising then quickly annihilating, which leads me to a few questions. ...
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Vacuum is not really empty

Vacuum should contain something in it. Because nothing is perfectly empty that's what I feel, but what is there left in it? Is there any matter or its just enegry. Can energy be pulled out of some ...
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Producing gravitational waves in labs

Can gravitational waves be created on very small region of vacuum with quadruple movement of atom or subatomic particles?