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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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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Could energy be stored into (not extracted from) the quantum zero point field (like a battery)?

In order to explain the question clearly, I will make a short introduction. In 1962, Josephson predicted that for a sufficiently thin insulating layer, it should be possible for Cooper pairs to ...
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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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Locality, unitarity & vacuum energy

I've read in a set of lecture notes that the requirement of locality and unitarity in QFT imply that the vacuum must have a non-zero energy associated with it (http://arxiv.org/abs/1502.05296 , top of ...
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Angular momentum of the vacuum

I'm studying quantum field theory from "An introduction to Quantum field theory" by Peskin and Schroeder and from "A modern introduction to quantum field theory" by Maggiore. I've read from "An ...
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Baryonic operators in ${\cal N}=1$ $U(N)$ SQCD in four dimensions

Seiberg's duality is usually considered as a duality for $SU(N_c)$ theories with $N_f$ flavors. In his case, the vacuum for $N_f \geq N_c$ is parameterized by mesons $M$ and baryons ${\bar B}$ and $B$....
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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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How would water drain out of a sealed pipe?

While hiking through the Grand Canyon, I started wondering. Say we have a pipe for the purpose of transporting water across a canyon, with the bottom submerged in a pool of water. Like the blue line ...
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Mechanical waves edge between material and vacuum

I have been thinking about the propagation of EM waves vs. mechanical waves and some of their odd cases. One such case that I haven't been able to puzzle out is what happens when a mechanical wave ...
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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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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: $$ z\...
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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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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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Why does Hauksbee orb or a similar device produce light?

This essentially fits well to the question asked earlier but had to placed as a separate question... An interesting and detailed answer was provided. However, there are few points, originating from my ...
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Help with derivation of the Casimir Effect?

I am at the very last part of a relatively long derivation of the Casimir effect, and I just don't understand the final step D: So far, I have derived the ground state energy to be $$\langle 0| \hat{...
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Conservation laws in vacuum phase transition

Let's consider a bubble nucleation phase transition between different vacua via quantum tunnelling .For my understanding a particle must penetrate the potential barrier and find herself in an another ...
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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 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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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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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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Imaginary part of the stress-energy tensor

I just encountered in an article of D. G. Boulware ("Quantum Field Theory in Schwarzschild and Rindler Spaces", Phys. Rev. D 11, 1404, 1975, in the last paragraph of the Introduction) the statement ...
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Could a perfect vacuum exist at the boundary of the universe?

Space is not truly a vacuum because of our observation of quantum foam, but if causality does not exist outside our universe, could that mean that quantum foam cannot exist outside our observable ...
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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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Vacuum to vacuum transition amplitude confusion

I keep seeing this for the vacuum to vacuum transition amplitude: $\langle 0,\infty|0,-\infty\rangle_J\,.$ What is $|0,-\infty\rangle_J?$ Am I to take the Hamiltonian with the source present, ie. $H(t)...
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Using reflective optics concepts to focus gas pressure in a vacuum

At very low vacuum pressures the bulk behaviour of molecules can be approximated by non interacting particles bouncing off of the chamber walls: For an monotonic molecule such as He with perfect ...
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Are topological vacua of QCD Lorentz invariant?

Are topological vacua of QCD Lorentz invariant or they mix under boosts?
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Is false vacuum bubble nucleation possible in our universe?

Is it possible that a false vacuum bubble to nucleate into our universe rather than a true vacuum one ? If yes,it will expand at speed of light within our spacetime or what ?
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Gravitation and the QFT vacuum

I'm asking this to get yet another lessson in the inability of QFT and GR to cohabit. Many people believe GR must yield to quantization. The question here is as to why the activity of the vacuum ...
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Creating the proper suction

I'm a bit rusty on my fluid dynamics. I'm experimenting with creating my own leaf vacuum. How would I determine how much suction a fan creates? Bernoulli's equation would apply correct? I would ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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acrylic vacuum chamber design

I want to build a vacuum chamber for experimentation from acrylic sheets, ideally a cube $60~\textrm{cm}$ on each side. Assume that the chamber can be pumped down to theoretical perfect vacuum. How ...
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What result would I get from series-mounted vacuum assist? (hydraulic vacuum assist)

If I install two inline vacuum assist devices (such as VH44) on my clutch line, what will change in comparison to having a single boost? Will it decrease pedal travel? Tension? Both? Neither? Lest ...
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Can we lock electric charges in dielectric cells?

Suppose next. We using Wimshurst machine and gathering charges in dielectric cells such as mica .Before discharge we put whole machine in vacuum chamber.Question is next. Can we storage those charges ...
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possible x-ray production, low pressure discharge

What is the maximum pressure at which a high voltage discharge can produce x-ray radiation? I am experimenting with plasma in the form of ionized air in my vacuum chamber, maximum vacuum possible is ...
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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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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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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 feet,...
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Slow sustained liquid movement in a vacuum

Can water or any other liquid be made to “simmer” or “low boil” (slow sustained liquid movement) in a vacuum as opposed to go from liquid to all out boil when the vapor pressure is equal to the ...
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What properties does the vacuum have?

Once upon a time the vacuum was defined as "nothing". We now know it has all kinds of properties such as permeability, dimensionality etc. Is there a list of such properties anywhere?
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Can a volume of N2 be more negative than -14.7 psi?

Ok. I’m getting -30 PSI on a gauge calibrated at 0 for 1 ATM. Let’s say I have a chamber with a volume of 20L of N2 at 1 ATM. A vacuum pump that can pump to absolute vacuum let’s say 1X10^-10mTORR. ...
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What is the relationship between the Young's modulus of a material and the elasticity of a free fall collision

I'm coding a 2D physics simulator based around the Newtonian physics principles with some alterations due to computation limits and I am at the stage of creating a collision event between a planetary ...
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Thermal conductivity in vacuum

It is my assumption that material objects preserve/gain heat via: 1) material contact (air or other touching material/object) and/or 2) absorbing radiation / electromagnetic waves So, imagine that ...
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Work to Create a Vacuum

I'm trying to determine the amount of work required (in Joules) to create a vacuum of a certain pressure in a tube. A pneumatic cylinder will be used to remove the air from the tube to create the ...
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Help with vacuums?

Okay, here is my understanding. Please correct me if anything here is incorrect. Suppose I have a cube with a side length of ten inches. It has a surface area of 600 square inches, and at an ...
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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 ...