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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Why Goldstone Bosons? (A Question about VEVs)

I understand how the mechanism of spontaneous symmetry breaking works, and why it produces Goldstone bosons (for global symmetries) and massive gauge bosons (for local ones). However, I'm confused as ...
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What does $\text{VAC}$ mean in Weinberg's QFT?

Hopefully Weinberg is sufficiently popular that this question isn't too localized. I'm reading Volume II (16.1, p. 63) and he refers to the state $\lvert\text{VAC}\rangle$ quite a lot. Does this mean ...
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What is vacuum to DC flow?

I know how an air gap behaves: for lower voltages the resistance is extremely high, until spark voltage is achieved, at which point resistance rapidly drops, creating electric arc. Now, how does that ...
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In truth, only atoms and the void

I have a question about this motto used by Sean Carroll in his blog: In truth, only atoms and the void. Can you explain what this sentence means? My interpretation is that the sentence does ...
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Does time pass fastest in isolated, resting space?

While it is fairly established that both fast movement and the presence of gravity make time pass slower as compared to a system at rest / free of gravity, does that mean that there is no way for time ...
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The vacuum in quantum field theories: what is it?

In Section 10.1 of his textbook Quantum Field Theory for Mathematicians, Ticciati writes Assuming that the background field or classical source $j(x)$ is zero at space-time infinity, the presence ...
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How does space affect the human body (no space suit, no space craft)

How does "outer space" affect the human body? Some movies show it as the body exploding, imploding or even freezing solid. I know space is essentially a vacuum with 0 pressure and the dispersion of ...
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Vacuum to hold an object

How can i check and calculate if a certain vacuum pump can hold an object that weights X kg? By "hold" I mean not let that object fall to the floor due to gravity
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A hot object exposed to low temperature in a vacuum doesn't lose heat?

I heard somewhere that if the human body were exposed to outer space where the temperature is extremely low, the human won't actually feel cold because in a vacuum, the heat energy doesn't have ...
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Question on “pocket” universes

I recently heard about the possibility of the creation of a "baby" universe or "pocket" universe from our space time,the theory says that concentrating enough mass into a tiny volume of space (like in ...
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Symmetry Breaking and Vacuum Expectation Values

Consider a real scalar field $\phi$ in a theory with a Lagrangian $$ \mathcal{L}:=-\frac{1}{2}\partial _\mu \phi \partial ^\mu \phi -V(\phi ), $$ where $$ V(\phi ):= -\mu ^2\phi ...
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What does electroweak vacuum lifetime refer to?

I just read an article about the correlation between the Higgs boson mass and the stability (or metastability) of vacuum, so I want to ask to someone this: When someone is talking about the ...
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How fast is a true vacuum bubble going to expand?

If a true vacuum bubble will occur in our universe, how fast is it going to expand?
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Vacuum Expectation Value and the Minima of the Potential

Often times in quantum field theory, you will hear people using the term "vacuum expectation value" when referring to the minimum of the potential $V(\phi )$ in the Lagrangian (I'm pretty sure every ...
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Does an antiDeSitter space compensate the vacuum energy?

Sometimes I read here or there that a problem with the electroweak vacuum is that it implies a huge positive cosmological constant. On other side, I also read that AdS spaces are not useful anymore ...
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Is the “pressure” as we know a kind of “instantaneous action at a distance”?

This may be a very simple question, but I still dont know how that work in the essence (quantic/atomic level) Consider the image bellow: How the "pressure (air atoms) " known that in the other ...
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What would stop a pendulum swinging forever in vacuum? What kind of friction is in vacuum? [duplicate]

Suppose I put a pendulum of metal ball and very thin rope in highest achievable vacuum. What would keep it from not swinging forever?
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de Sitter versus Minkowski QFT and cosmological constant

WMAP/Planck results confirm than we live in a de Sitter-like phase, i.e., a Universe with positive acceleration or positive cosmological constant! Therefore, I believe that a way to solve the ...
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Could Elon Musk's proposed Hyperloop transportation system reach 760 mph? [closed]

Hyperloop is a proposed mode of High speed transportation by Elon Musk. Theoretically it's speed is about 760 mph. Can 760 mph speed be achieved with this project ? Hyperloop - Alpha - ...
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Vacuum as a physical/chemical/material substance

Can the vacuum be understood as a physical/chemical/material substance? Remark: Vacuum has a density energy (so it has a density "mass" equivalence due to $E=mc^2$). Vacuum is quantum (but not ...
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Direct exposure to the vacuum of space

I was watching a few sci-fi movies and was wondering the real science explaining what would happen if you were to be subject to the conditions of outerspace. I read the wikipedia article on space ...
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Vacuum polarization in QCD and gluon bubbles

In analogy to QED, the following Feynman diagram is a diagram contributing to the vacuum polarization effect, leading to anti-screening, asymptotic freedom and running of the strong coupling constant. ...
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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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What exists in the Space between atoms

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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Understanding multiple instanton contributions to vacuum tunneling in a double potential well

I'm trying to understand the method of calculating the transition probability of one vacuum state to another in a double well potential, using instantons. The reference I am following is Sidney ...
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How is it possible the speed of light is not constant?

I was reading this article recently, which summarizes a couple of new studies into the speed of light. In one paper, Marcel Urban from the University of Paris-Sud, located in Orsay, France and his ...
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What happens when a piezo crystal is exposed to a vacuum?

Application of mechanical stress to a piezo crystal generates a charge. Quoting from wikipedia, a 1 cm3 cube of quartz with 2 kN (500 lbf) of correctly applied force can produce a voltage of 12500 ...
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How important is it, really, to clean vacuum parts?

In every lab I've seen, people are quite meticulous about cleaning parts that are to be used in ultrahigh vacuum, as well as the components of the chamber itself. The parts may be put in an ultrasonic ...
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How does the radius and length of a pipe affect vacuum performance?

Can I use Poiseuille's equation? Also If I have a vacuum pump which says that its performance is 30 cubic feet per minutes and I have two pipes (one is radius R1 and L1, the other one is 2*R1 and ...
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What would happen if a piece of matter, in our atmosphere, were to suddenly vanish?

What would happen if an object were to suddenly disappear? I mean actually disappear, as in, the space occupied by that object were now completely empty- and a vacuum was left. If I was holding a ...
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A water balloon in vacuum: does it boil?

If I put water in a vacuum it will boil. But what if I put this water inside a balloon ? I searched for answers and fount this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9q8F3ClUuV0 It seams that the ...
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Vacuum to vacuum transition amplitude

I have two questions about Vacuum to vacuum transition amplitude. Can any particle stay in $|0\rangle$? I was studying this topic from Srednicki's QFT book. He writes in eq.$(6.22)$ $$\langle0|0 ...
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Multiple vacua vs. vev's in qft

Take a (possibly supersymmetric) relativistic quantum field theory: when we construct it, we suppose that there is a unique vacuum state $|0\rangle$ which is Lorentz invariant, vector of some Hilbert ...
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Can electrons move through vacuum?

I studied that electronics is the branch of physics which deals with the practical applications of moving electrons through vacuum, semi-conductors and gasses. Can electrons move through vacuum?
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maybe the universe has already 'ended'? [closed]

I aks you if this reasoning has a base in what we know of universe. There are many articles about so called "vacuum metastability event". As I understand this happens (can happen) with an enormous low ...
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Spontaneous symmetry breaking: How can the vacuum be infinitly degenerate?

In classical field theories, it is with no difficulty to imagine a system to have a continuum of ground states, but how can this be in the quantum case? Suppose a continuous symmetry with charge $Q$ ...
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Difference between $|0\rangle$ and $0$ in the context of isospin

I know this has been asked before, but I am confused having read it in the context of isospin, where the creation operators act on the "vacuum" state (representing no particles) $$a^\dagger_m|0\rangle ...
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Influence of air resistance in space

Consider the following situation: You are locked inside a cylindric container allowing you to move around freely without being in contact with any of the items or surfaces aboard. The container is ...
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What's in my box?

Let's say that I have a box which is 100% empty. I fly into the vacuum of space, open the box and close it after a certain time. Then I go back to earth and my question is.. What's in my box? ...
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How long will our artifacts last in moon & space?

Given all the different space probes and equipment that have been either launched into space or lying on the moon. How long will they last before they get decayed into dust or some unrecognizable ...
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The equilibrium temperature distribution of a pan in vacuum

If a rectangular pan has a constant and uniform temperature $T$ first, then put it in a vacuum. Considering the effect of thermal radiation, the temperature distribution of the rectangular blackbody ...
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Does anything exist in the intergalactic space?

I am a part time physics enthusiast and I seldom wonder about the intergalactic space. First, it is my perception that all(almost all) the objects in the universe are organized in the forms of ...
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Stability of the vacuum state of interacting quantum fields

"Stability" is generally taken to be the justification for requiring that the spectrum of the Hamiltonian should be bounded below. The spectrum of the Hamiltonian is not bounded below for thermal ...
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Defining the ground state energy of a QFT

I would like to hear of some general discussion on how is the ground state and its energy defined in QFT and how does one go about finding it. (..at least in some simple cases I have seen the use of ...
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How to interpret vacuum instability of Higgs potential

If the Higgs mass is in a certain range, the quartic self-coupling of the Higgs field becomes negative after renormalization group flow to a high energy scale, signalling an instability of the vacuum ...
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Can one heat up a vacuum?

I've got a question about heating a vacuum. If there were, say, a container in space, at 2.7 degrees kelvin (the typical temperature of space, if I'm not mistaken) and as empty as space (as close to ...
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Speed of light in a vacuum

I see many references to the speed of light in a vacuum implying that it is only truly a constant measurement in a vacuum. I can live with that, but what kind of vacuum? Are we still talking about ...
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Why does the echo for soundwaves hitting a vacuum come back out of phase? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Phase shift of 180 degrees on reflection from optically denser medium I've read in a physics book for musicians that, when a soundwave hits a near-solid object, it ...
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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 ...