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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Can you be your own space suit? [closed]

A few days ago a question was asked on Reddit whether or not a human could survive in space with "just enough" of a spacesuit to plug all the important holes, e.g. a face mask to plug the eyes, ears, ...
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What exactly happens to an exposed human body in space?

I know that space is a vacuum, has no air, and is very, very cold. From what I have seen in movies and TV shows when a space suit is exposed the oxygen will escape like a visible gas and the person ...
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What is the physical meaning of $a_{\vec{p}} \! \mid \! 0 \rangle$

$a^\dagger_{\vec{p}} \! \mid \! 0 \rangle = \mid \! p \rangle$ is interpreted as a creation of a particle with momentum $p$ from the vacuum. $a_{\vec{p}} \! \mid \! p \rangle = \mid \! 0 \rangle$ is ...
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Atoms pop out of nothing/vacuum/pre-big-bang?

I saw a great documentary last night about 'nothing'. It's about vacuums, and how if you have a total vacuum atoms will pop out of nowhere! Pretty crazy stuff. Atoms literally coming out of ...
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Sound wave in a Vacuum

If a Tuning fork was Struck in a Vacuum what happens to the resonant frequency of the fork and the potential sound wave. Does the wave leave the fork?
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Does a Tesla coil work in space?

If I took a Tesla coil into space, and then turned it on near, but not touching metal objects- would charge jump to the metal objects? It's my understanding I wouldn't see a flash, since the lightning ...
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What happens to the total volume of a chunk of space that is being sucked into a black hole?

Does it increased, decrease, or stay the same? Maybe it explodes to infinity... Here is a similar question: Do black holes have infinite areas and volumes? But it's different because it asks how to ...
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Is empty space made of energy?

GR says that matter bends space around it, QM says even empty space must contain something. Is empty space a form of energy?
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The temperature in space is about 3K, however there are almost no atoms in space. How can there be residual heat?

My understanding is that heat is essentially atomic vibrations. If there are almost no atoms, how can there be residual heat? Also, as I understand in space there is no heat transfer via convection ...
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What is the difference between quantum fluctuations and thermal fluctuations?

Start with a simple scalar field Lagrangian $\mathcal{L}(\phi)$ at zero temperature $T = 0$, which has a hidden symmetry and spontaneously break it. By the standard procedure a field $\phi$ is ...
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What affect does pipe diameter have on a manometer? [closed]

I am building a DIY hoover and want to test different technical configurations of the device (hose diameter, hose length, motor RPM, motor voltage, cavity size, etc). My objective for testing these ...
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Is space “real”, or is it some sort of accepted postulate?

What is space? It seems to be everywhere in the equations of physics, as some sort of postulate or hidden hypothesis. We also have a direct experience of it, but is it "real"? The fact that we ...
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In what situation will a conformal transformation leave the vacuum invariant

Recently I am reading Francesco's CFT. In section 5.4.2, it considers a generic CFT living on the entire complex plane and maps this theory on a cylinder of circumference L by the transformation: $$ ...
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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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Where does the kinetic energy come from if galaxys are moving apart due to the expansion of the universe?

We know the universe is expanding because of the red shift of far away galaxies, the further away the galaxies are the faster they recede. We also know that the energy in the universe (mass and other ...
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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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Light always particle in vacuum because it has no medium

My physics teacher told me that light in a vacuum is always in the particle form. So what happens if you perform the double slit experiment in vacuum? Will the light spread like a wave or will it have ...
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Does the “luk” space suit in Seveneves make sense?

Tiny spoiler of the book Seveneves ahead. Early in the book, the Russian space agency develops an onion-like space suit called the "luk" (the Russian word for onion). It works like this: A ...
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Speed of sound in vacuum

I am not a scientist but I have a question about speed of sound in vacuum. All I know is that the speed of sound $v$ in a medium is given by formula $$v= \sqrt{\frac E\rho},$$ where $E$ is elasticity ...
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Questions regarding Vacuum in space [duplicate]

The mention of vacuum has always created questions in my mind. In space isn't there near complete vacuum. If there is then why don't the oxygen travel from the suit to space (because of large ...
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What is meant by Vacuum?

What is the exact meaning of the word vacuum? Is it just a state of very low pressure or is it nothingness (as in there is nothing)? Also, when we say space is vacuum - it must be referring to ...
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Suction from flowing water

My memory from physics says yes but I want to check. Our pool is dirty and our vacuum is broken. If I were to stick the vacuum hose into the pool drain, would the flow of water going into the drain ...
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Is the vacuum empty? Are virtual particles in the vacuum? Is the vacuum non-zero? [duplicate]

I have read a lot about this stuff. Is the vacuum empty? How is it not-empty? But nobody can it explain serious and simple that I can fully understand it. Some physicists tell may that virtual ...
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Can you record sound through vacuum? Like this: (object)(vacuum)(object)

There are these videos on youtube that play sound of Jupiter for example: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e3fqE01YYWs Does anyone know if this is real at all? How can you record sound through vacuum ...
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Why vacuuming an air chamber is much slower than vacuuming an argon chamber?

When pumping a chamber full of air down to a certain level of vacuum, it takes a while. However, when that same chamber is full with argon, reaching the same level of vacuum is much faster. What makes ...
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How to calculate planar window's buckling pressure in vacuum chamber wall

I can't find the formula, I can see some formulas for circular windows are given here [1] (thanks CERN!). For example with a circular (flat/dome?) window, buckling pressure ($p_\text{CL}$) and max ...
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Difference between vacuum and pseudovacuum vector?

What exactly is the difference between the vacuum and pseudovacuum vector? In my case the ground state of a system is the vacuum vector and by letting operators act on that vacuum vector magnons are ...
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Does the density of virtual particles decrease when space expands due to dark energy? [closed]

I understand that vacuum (i.e. QED vacuum) is theorized to contain spontaneously appearing and annihilating pairs of virtual particles. Suppose the average density of those particles at a given moment ...
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Pressure - How much fluid can void support?

Please refer to the attached (terrible) drawing while reading the post ! After watching some videos about the U-tube effect in drilling, a question came to me. Imagine one fluid of heavy density ...
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Does it take infinite energy to create a perfect vacuum?

Question is inspired by a recent burst of perpetuum mobile-type questions. It would be nice if one could simply discard them all (or at least the huge class that assumes some kind of perfect vacuum to ...
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How does the fluid's vapor pressure in aspirator (pump) relate to strength of vacuum?

From wikipedia: If a liquid is used as the working fluid, the strength of the vacuum produced is limited by the vapor pressure of the liquid (for water, 3.2 kPa or 32mbar at 25 °C). ...
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What exists in the Space between quarks

Apologies to all if this has been asked before, I searched but was unable to find one similar. This is a question that has been bugging me for a while that i haven't really been able to find a ...
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Does string theory have a notion of vacuum?

Does string theory have a notion of vacuum? If yes, what is known about it?
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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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Why does very cold water in a thermos cause there to be strong suction on the cap?

After putting ice-cold water in a thermos, the cap is strongly held on by what feels like suction. I assume the cold water condenses the air, thus lowers the pressure inside, but can someone explain ...
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Can I say that the two-body problem is also a vacuum solution for the special case of two orbiting black holes?

A two body system is one where two bodies orbit each other. In the case of two orbiting black holes, since an individual black hole is described by a vacuum solution, can I say that the two-body ...
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Can you stop an electron in vacuum?

If we shoot an electron in vacuum tube, then stop it with electromagnetic field, and switch off the field, what will happen with electron? Will it continue its movement? If there is a gravitational ...
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Why is space a vacuum? Also, why doesn't air from the Earth escape into space? [duplicate]

Why is space a vacuum? Also, why isn't the air from the Earth escaping due to the vacuum in space? The ozone layer is only gas and a magnetic field, so why doesn't the air escape from Earth into ...
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Resonance and natural vibrations in vacuum

In my Physics textbook, it says that if two pendulums of the same natural frequency are placed next to each other and if one is set into vibration, the other starts resonating and when the first one ...
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What's the difference between vacuum particle-antiparticle annhiliation and regular annihilation?

Why does vacuum particle-antiparticle creation and annihilation result in nothing rather than photons? What is the difference between that and regular annihilation that does result in photons.
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Nothing cannot possibly exist, right? [closed]

A few things about this question. I am aware that people have written papers describing total nothingness, and even something from nothing type of scenarios. I have no idea how this is possible. If ...
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Infinite Accelatation

Before I ask my question, let me just say, I know very little about particle physics and general relativity, so I may ask a obvious question or a question that makes little or no sense. Now, what ...
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Can a pure vacuum with 0% gas be created? [duplicate]

If we were to create a vacuum room with no air in it to avoid air resistance can it be done?
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Vacuum pressure equivalent in a siphon hose filled with water?

So, I was thinking about how siphons worked today, and no matter how high or low the tube goes, as long as the end is lower than the start, water will flow. So, if you took a hose, ran it up 50 ...
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Is it easy to create a vacuum in space?

Say for example you have a closed, empty, and air-tight plastic bag, then you can't grip it from each side and pull the sides apart because for that to work a vacuum would need to be created inside ...
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Cosmological constant in General Relativity [duplicate]

According to my GR notes the cosmological constant can be thought of as a vacuum energy much in the same way as the ground state of the harmonic oscillator. The notes claim that the regularised energy ...
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How do EM waves travel in a vacuum? [duplicate]

Apart from that electric and magnetic field variation thing, is there any other explanation? Can photons simply pass through vacuum?
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Quantum gravity- Vacuum catastrophe

Why does the predicted mass of the quantum vacuum have a very little effect on the expansion of the universe?
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Difference between Cosmologial Constant and Quantum Vacuum State

Hello I am very new to cosmology and quantum physics. I need some basic understanding (in Layman's term) of the Difference between Cosmological Constant and Quantum Vacuum. Cosmological Constant is, ...