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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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?
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Why does the lack of pressure in outer space affect what's inside our bodies?

I have read multiple similar questions on this site, but none answer specifically the thing I am having trouble understanding. I have read repeatedly that a lack of pressure will cause the fluids ...
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Balloon of ideal gas suddenly pops in the vacuum of space - final average energy per atom?

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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The virtual particles are only a fictive tool in equations? DO they exist or DON'T? And if they exist, why do we call them VIRTUAL?

There is no "action at a distance" in nature. Attraction of a piece of iron by a magnet, attraction between distant electric charges of opposite sign, have to be mediated by something. The virtual ...
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How does Bremsstrahlung occur in a vacuumized particle accelerator?

In our electrodynamics course we have learned that accelerating a charged particle will lead to a loss of energy in the particle due to Bremsstrahlung. The exact amount of power radiated away is given ...
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How to quantify the spreadness of beam of air molecules as they escape from a capillary to a vacuum?

Consider a tube from an oxygen cylinder attached into a vacuum chamber. When the cylinder is opened, the molecules escape out into vacuum chamber. What makes the molecules spread out when they escape ...
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What is the growth mode of thermal-evaporated aluminum on organic subtrates?

Does aluminum grow in an island mode or layer-by-layer mode on organic substrates which is amorphous? For example, on PMMA, fullerene or surfactant thin films. Can I predict the mode by comparing the ...
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How fast would an object have to move to create a vacuum behind it?

When an object moves, I assume that the air above it, instead of remaining at the same general height, is pulled downward as it is passed in order to fill the low-pressure area behind the object where ...
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Helmet to helmet in vacuum - can we talk?

Usual SciFi scene. In a spacesuit, in vacuum, with the comms out for some reason. They want to talk, so the butt helmets together so sound can pass through. Questions are: a) Would it really work in ...
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Questions regarding space

A difficulty I face is when I think of space. I haven't studied GR or SR yet, but I really want to know what it is. What is space? Is it just the empty place where things are in reality, or something ...
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A cup of water in ZERO gravity

What will happen if I try to pour a cup of water in zero gravity, into another empty cup? Will the water come out of the cup? The adhesive force between the water molecules and the interior of the cup ...
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Rising glass in xkcd what if

In http://what-if.xkcd.com/6/, Around this time, the glass on the left starts to visibly lift into the air. The air pressure is trying to squeeze the glass and water together. This is the ...
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Backing pressure for a turbo-molecular pump

It is known that turbo-molecular pumps are to be operated at already low levels of pressure. So the turbo is always backed by another pump (usually a scroll, rotary pump) that ensures this. One should ...
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Probability of finding vacuum?

Consider a real scalar quantum field $\varphi (x)$, interacting with a classical real scalar field $J(x)$ : $$ \mathcal{L} = \frac{1}{2}(\partial \varphi)^2 - \frac{m^2}{2} \varphi^2 + \varphi J$$ ...
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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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Gases Expanding and Bonding in the Vacuum? Frozen Clouds

Why do gasses expand in space rather than attract forming a liquid? Do some gasses attract or bond when they get colder and what would be the characteristics of it in space? Would it be like powder ...
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What is the speed of sound in space?

Given that space is not a perfect vacuum, what is the speed of sound therein? Google was not very helpful in this regard, as the only answer I found was 300 km/s, from Astronomy Cafe, which is not a ...
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Do all liquids boil in a vacuum?

Water boils at positive temperatures when put into a vacuum. Is this the case with all liquids, e.g. mercury?