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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Do siphons really require air pressure to function?

Can the siphon mechanism work in vacuums? There seems to have been experiments where exotic liquids (low vapor pressure) were used in siphons mounted in vacuum chambers. The idea is that the falling ...
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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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From which side should I solder electrical feedthroughs into a vacuum flange?

I work on an experiment that requires electrical connections to a vacuum vessel, which is submerged in liquid helium (LHe). For sending the signals into the vessel, we use a feedthrough flange. I am ...
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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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Can the vacuum be filled with virtual micro-black holes?

Since the vacuum is thought to be virtual particles, is it possible that there might be virtual micro-black holes with virtual horizons and virtual hawking radiation which form and evaporate at a rate ...
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Why does vaccum have a nonzero characteristic impedance towards electromagnetic radiation

OK, so the characteristic impedance is calculated "as square root of the ratio of the permeability of free space (ยต o ) in henrys per meter ( H/m ) to the permittivity of free space ( o ) in farads ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Vacuum energy extraction: What happens to the cosmological constant?

If the vacuum energy is extracted, then what will happen to the cosmological constant? Will it remain the same? .
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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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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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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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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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Is it possible to create a vacuum ballon using concentric partially pressured spheres?

The old saying goes, nature abhors a vacuum, but that isn't exactly true. The universe is full of vacuum; what nature abhors large energy differentials. So for example, a vacuum chamber has to be ...
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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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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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How could vacuum energy cause the expansion of the universe? [duplicate]

Is it by gravity? How could gravity produce a repulsive force?
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How should I clean a part before installing it in a vacuum system?

What are proven procedures for preparing a part that comes fresh out of the workshop for ultra-high vacuum (UHV) and extremely-high vacuum (XUV)?
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Is space “real”, or is it some sort of accepted postulate?

sorry for this very naive (layman) question. What is space? It seems to be every where in the equations of physics (as some sort of postulate or hidden hypothesis). We also have a direct experience ...
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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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Nothing vs. empty space

This question quotes Hawking saying: [...] you enter a world where conjuring something out of nothing is possible (at least, for a short while). That's because at this scale particles, such as ...
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Are quantum fluctuations completely uncaused events?

I read here that particles/antiparticles appear and annihilate each other spontaneously in empty space. Since particles appear and disappear in empty space, it would seem that empty space has some ...
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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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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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What causes the permittivity and permeability of vacuum?

When light travels through a material, it gets "slowed down" (at least its net speed decreases). The atoms in the material "disturb" the light in some way which causes it to make stops on its path. ...
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How does a pierced vacuum move?

If a can of compressed air is pierced on the right, air pushes out, and the can moves to the left. If a vacuum container is pierced on the right, which way does it move? Right? Left? Not at all? ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...