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The amplitude for a particle to be created/annihilated

In A. Zee's "QFT in a nutshell", there is such a statement about massive spin-1 particles (Chap I.5). The three polarization vectors $\xi^{(a)}_\mu(k)$ are simply the three unit vectors pointing ...
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Proof that higher genus surface admits a metric of negative Ricci scalar everywhere

In the Green, Schwarz and Witten Superstring Theory textbook, the paragraph below equation 3.3.15 says, For genus greater than one, it can be shown that the surface admits a metric of everywhere ...
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How many of which particles are in Hawking radiation?

My understanding is that a black hole radiates ~like an ideal black body, and that both photons and massive particles are emitted by Hawking radiation. So for a low temperature black hole, photons are ...
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Higher moments of the kinetic energy operator in QM

I have set myself the task of studying the kinetic energy $T$ in a quantum mechanical system. For the latter, I use the simple case of the Hydrogen atom in the $n=1$ state. Then the wave function is ...
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what determines the direction of a single photon

Photon has momentum and energy.assume i am creating a nuclear fusion by fusing hydrogen nuclei into helium and a photon is created.Now which direction does it(single photon) moves or travel?can we ...
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Quantum Mechanisms for Isotope Fractionation

Are there any quantum properties that would enable isotope fractionation? For example, atoms with odd versus even numbers of neutrons are fermions and bosons, respectively. Has any work been done ...
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Ensemble average of product of spin operators?

How do you evaluate the canonical ensemble average of a product of spins, e.g.: $$[S_zS_x]$$ Where: $$S_x = \frac{\hbar}{2} \begin{pmatrix} 0 & 1\\ 1 & 0\\ \end{pmatrix}$$ $$S_y = ...
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If time isn't continuous, what is the best-known upper bound on the length of time intervals?

There have been several questions about whether time is continuous or not and it seems like the answer isn't currently known. I know quantum mechanics treats time as continuous and any mathematics ...
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Lorentz boost matrix in terms of four-velocity

As I understand it, the value of a 4-vector $x$ in another reference frame ($x'$) with the same orientation can be derived using the Lorentz boost matrix $\bf{\lambda}$ by $x'=\lambda x$. More ...
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6 independent Einstein field equations?

I can't understand the comment on page 409, Gravitation, by Misner, Thorne, Wheeler It follows that the ten components $G_{\alpha\beta} =8\pi T_{\alpha\beta}$ of the field equation must not ...
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How does air escape from a pneumatic tire?

Obviously, it is caused by the difference in pressure between the inside of the tire and its surrounding environment; but how specifically is the air escaping?
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Find the force used to press a book against a leaned desk so it doesn't slip

I know there are several threads concerning this issue, but none of it helped me, so I decided to open a new one. So, the task is to find a force $F_{\mathrm{push}}$ on a desk which is leaned for an ...
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Normalization of basis vectors with a continuous index?

I have an infinite basis which associates with each point, $x$, on the $x$-axis, a basis vector $|x\rangle$ such that the matrix of $|x\rangle$ is full of zeroes and a one by the $x^{\mathrm{th}}$ ...
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What causes there to be an offset between the light lensing through the space neighboring galaxy clusters and the galaxy clusters themselves?

http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2013/01/musket-ball-dark-force/ The reason this is strange is that dark matter is thought to barely interact with itself. The dark matter should just coast ...
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How can a string be unidimensional if they can be open ended or close ended?

I just don't understand how a object with 2 ends can be unidimensional.
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How to determine what an object is composed of?

Heads up: This question has never been asked (here) before the way I will ask it here, so let's shed some light on it a bit. Prelude and anecdote(can be skipped): The other day I was walking home, ...
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Do bullet/gun physics change if the gun is traveling very fast?

If I'm running at say $400\: \mathrm{m/s}$ and a bullet travels at $400\: \mathrm{m/s}$ and I fire the gun, will I see the bullet leave the barrel? I either see it stay in the barrel floating ...
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How do I find angular and linear velocity after normal force and “infinite” friction force?

Look at this picture: http://i.imgur.com/mY8ShkV.png Here we have a ball resting on top of a platform (the contact point is marked red). I know the normal vector (marked green). I also know the mass, ...
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Do superheating and supercooling only occur from liquid?

Superheating of a liquid past its boiling point (retarded boiling) is a well-known phenomenon. However, is there such a thing as supercooling of gas past its condensation point? Conversely, ...
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Capacitor related query

Why does a capacitor charge only upto the voltage of the source? I mean in an r.c. circuit if we have a resistor that is in series with the capacitor then because of the potential drop there will be ...
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Why we can only perceive 3 dimensions [closed]

What is the reason that we cannot perceive more than 3 dimensions with our senses?
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Weak gravitational lensing multispectral, multibackground correlations

My understanding of weak gravitational lensing is that it assumes random alignment distribution of galaxies in order to estimate statistical shear and convergences, which are used to estimate matter ...
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Can You Obtain New Physics from the use of Fractional Derivatives?

I was curious if anyone could give me an example of the use of fractional derivatives in physics and explain what they offer that "conventional" mathematics does not (in terms of new physics and not ...
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When it is said that the Higgs field is a scalar, do they mean Lorentz scalar?

We often hear that Higgs boson is a scalar boson, and that Higgs field is a scalar field. I was always thinking that this means "4-scalar". In other words, it is space-time invariant, .i.e. it's ...
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Proof of conservation of information [duplicate]

After listening of some lectures of Leonard Susskind about black holes, he mentioned that conservation of information is one of the foundations of physics. After searching the web I cannot seem to ...
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Fourier Expansions for Closed Strings and Parity

I'm revising some string basics, and have come across the following problem. For closed strings one introduces the worldsheet parity operator $$\Pi : \sigma \mapsto \ell-\sigma$$ where $\ell$ is the ...
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Thermographic camera vs infrared camera

AFAIK, all objects above 0K emit infrared radiation. It is an electromagnetic radiation, like visible light. I guess thermographic and infrared cameras work on the same principles, but their images ...
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What is the difference between heat and work

If 700 J of work is applied onto a gas, and therefore the gas contracted 0.005 m^3 (from 0.01m^3), and the temperature stayed at a constant rate of 300 kelvin, then how come when pressure is added to ...
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Gravitational interactions by energy or by mass?

The mass-energy equivalence, first established by Einstein is an important and highly discussed phenomenon in physics. Without claiming much knowledge about high-end discussions on this topic, I would ...
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Is Huygen's Principle Axiomatic?

Is Huygens Principle just a fundamental way to understand light? It always seemed to me that it was somehow "derived" or that it should be-but is it simply a well-founded theory?
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How do you calculate the change in temperature of an adiabatic system?

I really don't even know how to start doing this problem. I understand PV=nRT and I understand that if either T, V, or P is kept constant, then the other 2 change at the same rate, and I understand ...
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Physical interpretation of the Lorenz system

The Lorenz equations $$ \frac{dx}{dt} = \sigma(y-x);\\ \frac{dy}{dt} = x(\rho-z)-y;\\ \frac{dz}{dt} = xy - \beta z $$ were (I believe) the first set of nonlinear equations known to exhibit chaotic ...
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Why there is a flat band for Kagome lattice?

For the nearest neighbor hopping model on the Kagome lattice, there is a flat band among the three energy bands. Is there some reason, such as symmetry or the special structure of the model, to ...
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Why is an optical magnon with k=0 not an eigenenergy state?

I found in a paper the following explanation. Unfortunately, I can't understand it. Can anyone help me on this? In the limit of equal spins an optical magnon with k=0 gets an acoustical one at the ...
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Why do “mascons” perturb orbits?

If the moon is a rigid body, why do the mass concentrations on the moon make orbits unstable? Doesn't a satellite just orbit the center of mass of it's parent body? Satellites (e.g. GRACE) seem to ...
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Container of liquid in free fall

Imagine a container of liquid in free fall. Why does the liquid fly out of the container. Is there a force exerted by the inside fluid on the surface of liquid which causes this? Also, suppose there ...
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Is position fundamentally different from other observables?

I apologize in advance for what might be a very naive question, and for its science-fictionesque flavor. It's still, I think, a real physics question. Suppose I have a (quantum) particle, whose ...
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Why do “virtual states” in Raman spectroscopy have absorbance profiles distinct from either the ground or excited states of an absorbing material?

Do virtual states in Raman spectroscopy have distinct and observable dipoles that can interact with and/or induce dipoles in other molecules (over extremely short femtosecond timescales)? This notion ...
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Electron Decay, Why are there P and higher orbitals?

Related: Decay from excited state to ground state My confusion arose initially from the definition of binding energy being the lowest energy state (n=1) in the hydrogen atom. This, I assume, is ...
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Circularly polarized light incident at Brewster's Angle

If a perfectly circularly polarized wave of light is incident on a dielectric medium (coming from air) at Brewster's Angle, what will the polarization state of the transmitted wave be? I am aware ...
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Matrix integral in multi-matrix model

Though it is a mathematical problem, maybe more physicists know it well. In quiver matrix model which is reviewed DV or CKR, the path integral reduce to the matrix integral $$Z \sim \int ...
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What are the key properties of and differences between classical and quantum statistical mechanics?

I'm studying different ensembles and different statistics (M-B, B-E, F-D), and I have some ambiguities about which of these models are applicable to quantum systems and which are usable for classical ...
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Electric potential difference from electric field of isolated spherical conductor

I'm wondering if my train of thought is correct. Say you have Point $A$ which is $A$ distance away from the center of an isolated spherical conductor, and Point $B$ which is $B$ distance away from the ...
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How close would Earth have to be for us to detect it was habitable, and then inhabited?

Given our current technology (or technology that is near implementation), how close would a clone of our Solar System (and so also Earth) have to be to us in order to detect that the cloned Earth was ...
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$\hat{\imath}$ component of force exerted on an electron by a magnetic field?

The magnetic field over a certain range is given by $\vec{B} = B_x\hat{\imath} + B_y\hat{\jmath}$, where $B_x= 4\: \mathrm{T}$ and $B_y= 2\: \mathrm{T}$. An electron moves into the field with a ...
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457 views

Fresnel Zones-How are they Formed?

How are Fresnel Zones formed? What phenomena of light allow ellipsoid areas to be in phase? I've tried reading articles, but they more or less introduce me to characteristics of light, and then tell ...
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637 views

Point of Lagrange multipliers

I am trying to understand how for a constrained system the introduction of Lagrange multipliers facilitates the incorporation of the holonomic constraints. I am using Classical Mechanics by John ...
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Oscillation Question [closed]

Now normally (if it was a block not rotating) all you would have to do is use $w^2 = k/m$ and $E= \frac12k(A\cos(2wt+\theta))^2 + \frac12m(Aw\sin(wt+\theta))^2$ or in other words the translational ...
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Why does a cyclic coordinate reduce the dimension of the cotangent manifold by 2?

Our professor's notes read, "In general, in Hamiltonian dynamics a constant of motion will reduce the dimension of the phase space by two dimensions, not just one as it does in Lagrangian dynamics." ...
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Is There Any Work Done By Normal Reaction Force even if point of application of force is not getting displaced?

Suppose that I am standing on the ground and I suddenly jump and rise up to any certain height.So accordingly I would have gained some speed i.e. Kinetic Energy during the process of jumping.According ...

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