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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Can a vacuum make a turbulent flow laminar?

When a vacuum is generated next to a turbulence, does the flow towards the vacuum become laminar? Imagine a vacuum cleaner tube is put next to turbulent air movement, does the "suction" change the ...
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sound propagation at low pressure

I am curious about the properties of sound at low atmospheric pressure. Not the speed of sound, I want to know how lower pressure will affect the distance sound will carry and the frequency range. For ...
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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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Superheating Water Demonstration with a Vacuum

There are many Youtube videos which place a cup of water into a vacuum chamber and cause boiling around 0.020 atm, but I can't find any which show a vacuum-only "superheating" effect (to be clear, I ...
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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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Behaviour of gases in a vacuum

I have a doubt related to the behaviour of gases in a vacuum. In the following figure: The grey part is the vacuum and the green part is the gas, let the gas be Carbon Monoxide. The following are ...
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Vacuum marks on windows

I'm sure everyone one day or another has spotted some vacuum marks on their windows, usually when the windows are covered in steam, then the marks become quite obvious. i.e. the leftover circles from ...
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Would a high-explosive in a vacuum be less harmful?

Putting aside shrapnel effects, I believe that high-explosives cause damage by producing a shockwave. How do shockwaves work in space? I've managed to convince myself that a high-explosive shockwave ...
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Single fluid simulation algorithm

Every fluid simulation I've seen implicitly involves a fluid that isn't mentioned, usually air. This is clear because the simulation usually has an ambient temperature, and always an ambient velocity. ...
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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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Keeping low pressure inside a bottle

will the pressure inside a bottle remain low if I attach the bottle with a vaccum pump via a one way check valve like th following picture and then take the vacuum pump?and why?
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Why, in quantum field theory, is $\hat{a}(p)|0\rangle=0$?

My Quantum Field Theory lecturer just said that $\hat{a}(p)|0\rangle=0$ because the vacuum state contains no particles. Now, according to Wikipedia, "according to quantum mechanics, the vacuum ...
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What's the difference between vacuum pump and vacuum cleaner? [closed]

I think vacuum pump and vacumm cleaner's structure is almost same.Isn't it?
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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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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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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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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 ...