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What does “although electrons enter and leave the diode, charge is carried by holes in the p-type region” mean? [closed]

I read this in an electronics book but I couldn't understand it: The flow of current through a forward-biased diode may be summarized like this. Electrons pass from the external circuit and ...
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What information is lost in the symmetrization necessary to derive the BBGKY hierarchy?

The book on Kinetic theory I'm reading derives the BBGKY hierarchy after introducing the reduced distribution functions $f_s(q^1,p_1,q^2,p_2,\dots,q^s,p_s):=\int\ \rho\ \ \mathrm d q^{s+1} \mathrm d ...
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Does the moon affect the Earth's climate?

So, this morning I was talking to a friend about astronomical observations, and he told me that lately there has only been good weather when there was a full moon in the sky, which was a shame. I ...
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The definition of Gauge Fluctuation

What is the definition of Gauge Fluctuation? For example, in Z2 lattice gauge theory. Thanks.
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Cycle with unspecified irreversbile transformation. Find $P,V$ in the various states.

I've been thinking to this for the last two hours and haven't been able to come with a solution. Problem. A mole of gas initially at pressure $P_A = 2 \text { atm}$ and occupying a volume ...
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Fundamental Constants in a theory of everything (TOE)

Do physicists ever expect to be able to derive the fundamental constants of nature from theory? For example, if string theory or some other theory unites the four forces, would the theory be ...
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Relativistic Time Difference

I thought that it might be interesting to calculate the time difference between a clock placed on Earth when I was born and a hypothetical clock placed at the centre of the sun at the same time. I ...
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Normalising a wavefunction where $\psi$ is equal to a sum of functions [closed]

The wavefunction $\psi(x)$ = $\phi_1(x)$ + $2\phi_2(x)$ + $3\phi_3(x)$ is to be normalised. The functions $\phi_1(x)$, $\phi_2(x)$, $\phi_3(x)$ are normalised eigenfunctions of a Hermitian operator ...
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Quantum Mechanics Lx operator [closed]

Show that if the state $ \rvert\gamma\rangle $ is real, then the expectation value of each component of the angular momentum is zero. Does this imply the angular momentum is zero? My Work: $$ ...
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Mean field theory = large-N approximation?

Wikipedia entry of 1/N expansion (or 't Hooft large-N expansion) mentions that It (large-N) is also extensively used in condensed matter physics where it can be used to provide a rigorous basis ...
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What is the linearized form of relativistic hydrodynamics?

What I'm looking for: Let $\vec{W}$ be the vector of conserved variables for a 1-dimensional, adiabatic, (special) relativistic, electrically neutral fluid. (Yes, something that simple!) I'm looking ...
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General Physics II Practice Question [closed]

I have a test in a few hours, and my professor gave us a practice test, and I'm stuck. Could you give me a hint as to how to approach this problem, equations I could use. It's an algebra based class ...
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Question regarding centripetal force and tangential force

I was asked to think of a situation where a car driver only feels centripetal acceleration, but exerts no tangential acceleration. The first thing that came to mind was orbit, where the satellite ...
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Show that detF(X,t) is positive in continuum mechanics?

I want to show that the determinant of the field $detF$ at the point $X \in B$ is positive, when the following motion. I think that time derivative of Jacobin is positive for $t > 0$. However, I ...
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Partial and total time derivatives of the Hamiltonian

When does the total time derivative of the Hamiltonian equal the partial time derivative of the Hamiltonian? In symbols, when does $\frac{dH}{dt} = \frac{\partial H}{\partial t}$ hold? In Thornton ...
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Can plasma turn back into gas, solid, or liquid?

I wanted to know if, since basic chemistry teaches you that states of matter can be changed, I was wondering particularly about plasma. I know that virtually all of the Sun is plasma, so I was ...
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Why is lightning considered a plasma?

I was wondering why a lightning bolt is coined as "plasma", or a "spark" from an electrical wire/device is as well, yet flares, molten lava, and burning buildings are not(flares are pyrotechnic, ...
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Are length contraction and time dilation physical?

Are length contraction and time dilation real physical phenomena, or are they just a measurement issue?
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Does time expand with space? (or contract)

Einstein's big revelation was that time and space are inseparable components of the same fabric. Physical observation tells us that distant galaxies are moving away from us at an accelerated rate, and ...
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How does energy transfer between B and E in an EM standing wave?

I'm trying to understand how an electric field induces a magnetic field and vice versa, its associated energy, as well as relating it to my understanding of waves on a string. Using a standing wave ...
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Harmonic Motion [closed]

A light elastic string is stretched between two points, one lying vertically below the other. A particle is attached to the midpoint of the string, causing it to sink a distance h. Assuming that the ...
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1answer
270 views

Matrix operations on Quantum States in a composite quantum system

Intro (you may skip this if you're an expert, I'm including this for completeness): Say I have two bases for two systems, The first is a spin-1/2 system $|+\rangle = \left(\begin{array}{c} 1\\0 ...
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490 views

A relativistic meter stick and a thin disk

I have a question like the "pole in the barn" special relativity "paradox", but I'm not sure what to make of this: Question A meter stick lies along the $x$-axis and approaches the origin, moving ...
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Liquid nitrogen condensing oxygen out of the air

In this video, a pool of liquid nitrogen in a metal bowl can cool it enough so that oxygen from the air condenses at the bottom: ...
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Anharmonic oscillators: why is $F=-k x-k' x^3$, with no quadratic terms?

The equation of motion of a general anharmonic oscillator includes a position-dependent force that can be expanded in a Taylor series as $$m\ddot{x}+2\mu\dot{x}+k_0+k_1x+k_2x^2+k_3x^3\ldots=F.$$ I ...
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Feynman Diagrams: Mass Conservation

Can a Feynman diagram end with more matter than it began with? The answer should be no because it would break the law of conservation of mass, right? Example: I learned that two up-quarks could ...
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190 views

Help with the Heisenberg relation in Gaussian wave

In short laserpulses there is a minimal product of the frequency width and the pulselength for Gaussian pulses $\tau \cdot \Delta\omega \geq4\ln2$ this is the fourier boundary. So I know it origins ...
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Relationship between boiling point and pressure

In the bubble chamber, liquid hydrogen is kept at high pressure. When a stream of charged particles are injected into the bubble chamber, pressure on the liquid hydrogen is released and bubbles of gas ...
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How can a rapid change in the volume of a gas cause changes in its temperature?

We were learning about Boyle's law (pressure is inversely proportional to volume of a gas) and in the experiment to prove the law, we were told that we cannot change the volume of a gas too rapidly ...
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Is there an intuitive way of thinking about the extra dimensions in M-Theory?

Why are 11 dimensions needed in M-Theory? The four I know (three spatial ones plus time) have an intuitive meaning in everyday life. How can I think of the other seven? What is their nature (spatial, ...
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How does light pass through rough glass?

Light incident on a rough surface will be diffuse after passing it. Angular intensity depends on the grinding of the glass surface. I'm trying to find information about the scattering indicatrix of ...
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Is temperature a Lorentz invariant in relativity?

If an observer starts moving at relativistic speeds will he observe the temperature of objects to change as compared to their rest temperatures? Suppose the rest temperature measured is $T$ and the ...
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Charge neutrality of the Universe: evidences and theories

I've always wondered why the number of protons in the Universe exactly matches the number of electrons. They are such different particles with totally different cross sections. So, first of all, is ...
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Why would an object appear a different size when in water?

A friend of mine has a homework question and we're having some trouble figuring out what physical mechanisms come into play for this. An underwater swimmer sees a spherical air bubble that appears ...
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How do we show that photons generated by a constant electric current are distributed according to a Poisson distribution?

I saw the answer sometimes ago in a book "Quantum Electronics" or similar title. I don't remember the author since I lost the book. The book sets ( I believe so ) a constant electric current $I$ in a ...
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Normal force of ball sliding on concave surface

Imagine a ball is sliding along a surface shaped like $y=x^2$. Like , but please ignore the fact that the center of the ball is on the surface instead of the edge. When the ball is stationary, I can ...
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Does Newton's first law state something substantive, or is it merely describing a convention?

Newton's first law is often said to define what an inertial frame is - namely, a reference frame in which a body not acted on by a force will move with constant velocity. In other words, a frame where ...
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Forces on a helical screw?

The common screws which we use, are right handed helices, the simplest parametric equations of which are:- $$x(s)=\cos(s),y(s)=\sin(s),z(s)=s$$, with $z$-axis as the axis of the helix. My question ...
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Why do some capacitors leak and other capacitors hardly leak at all?

I just found out that electrolytic capacitors hardly leak whereas non-electrolytic capacitors leak and at times, leak a lot. Questions: (a) what causes capacitors to leak? (b) why do electrolytic ...
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Ghosts on Torus worldsheet

Why after the expansion, only 0-mode of bc-ghost contributes to the 4-points ghost function on a torus worldsheet? $$<c(z_1)b(z_2)\tilde{c}(\bar{z}_3)\tilde{b}(\bar{z}_4)>_{T^2} ...
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Good book on deriving approximate solutions from first principles? [closed]

I have always been excited by examples in which a few simple assumptions and first principles are used to characterize a system. For example, I did an exercise in which Crawford estimates a lake to ...
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Accounting for metric tensor derivatives in Einstein-Hilbert action

I'm puzzling over the canonical derivation of GR from the Einstein-Hilbert action; getting the derivation to gel with an explicit treatment of the functional derivative isn't working out. So the ...
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Is it possible to derive Schrodinger equation in this way?

Let's have wave-function $\lvert \psi \rangle$. The full probability is equal to one: $$\langle \Psi\lvert\Psi \rangle = 1.\tag{1}$$ We need to introduce time evolution of $\Psi $; we know it in ...
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Can a planet form before the parent star ignites?

I'm unable to find an answer to my questions via my searches. This questions pertains to the timeline of a star system creation. My question: During the creation of a star system, can satellite ...
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1answer
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How is light created?

I'm very curious about how light is created. I'm trying to get back to some type of real understanding about why everything on the sub-atomic level vibrates and the implications for the ...
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Do systems with level crossings have unstable eigenbases?

It's folklore dating back to von Neumann and Wigner that time-dependent Hamiltonian systems tend not to have level crossings of their energy eigenvalues. However, we can of course consider smoothly ...
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what would be the maximum depth of tunnel? [closed]

Perhaps more of an engineering question, but with the subject recently in the news about hyperspeed maglev tunnels I'll chance it here. Say you set up a network of line of sight underground tunnels ...
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Is there a fundamental difference between the statistical methods of science, comparing medicine to physics?

Is there a fundamental difference between the statistical methods of science, comparing medicine/biology with small sample sizes(n < 10^2 or 10^3) to the statistics applied in Quantum Mechanics (h: ...
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Is information propagated across a medium in any other way than waves?

Is information propagated in any other way than waves? Please distinguish "propagation across a medium" from information "storage within stable states of matter", which might difuse or interact ...
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Ergodicity of the Drude model

The Drude model of electric conduction in solids deals with independent free electrons subject to random collisions with the crystal lattice (the direction where the electrons are scattered after a ...

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