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Electron and photon collision

So electron moving left ($v_{initial}=0.8c$) collides into photon going right. After the collision electron is moving to right ($v_{after}=0.6c$) and the photon is moving to left. What is the ...
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Do photons feel gravity of approaching objects only?

I have read that photons while travelling near massive objects such as the sun experience gravitational pull which is why we see some stars at different positions than they are when seen towards the ...
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What would give us more heat ? infrared or microwaves?

As we know that our body is made up mostly of water and the frequency of vibration of water molecules matches that of microwaves which is the working principle of microwave ovens. When we come in ...
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Is Lagrangian a scalar?

I may be wrong: Lagrangian are scalars. They are NOT invariant under coordinate transformations. The simplest example is when you have a gravitational potential ($V=mgz$) and you translate $z$ by $a$ ...
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Higgs field in space around us?

Is the higgs field in space around us? I understand it as that the higgs field has a constant value on every space time point, is that right? And this value is the vacuum expectation value. This ...
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Is there a way to increase the speed of light itself?

When light enters materials it slows down due to its refractive index (due to absorbing and re-emission of photons). But, is there a way to increase the speed of light itself? Can there be some ...
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Can there exist a Wave which changes the quantum states of particles?

i'm a high school student and i was reading about electromagnetic waves and how they transport energy and that the electric and magnetic fields sustain each other. I have also read about longitudinal ...
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Does an object slow down after acquiring terminal velocity?

Once an object reaches terminal velocity in free fall, is there a point in time when the object actually starts slowing down due to resistance, or does it stay constant?
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Flammability and statistical mechanics

I am wondering to what extent the flammability can be predicted from the statistical properties of an ensemble. Given the partition function of an ensemble, can we in principle predict this property? ...
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Ж (“zhe”) in string theory?

I was just recently watching a TED talk about string theory, by Thad Roberts, and at around 11:10 into the video he mentions a constant for maximum spacial curvature called "zhe" (the Cyrillic symbol ...
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Why doesn't the magnetic field of a coil “cancel out”?

In a coil, we can see that the current moves right, then left, then right, then left, and so on as it travels down the coil. According to the right-hand grip rule, isn't the magnetic field going in ...
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How to choose Gaussian surfaces while solving problems?

I have a doubt regarding this problem: Two large identical flat metal plates are placed parallel to one another, seperated by a small distance compared to their linear size. One plate is given a ...
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Parity of annihilation and creation operator - Real Klein-Gordon field

In calculating the total-momentum operator of the real Klein-Gordon field, I end up with an equation like $$ \vec P = \frac{1}{(2\pi)^3}\int d^3p \mspace{9mu} \vec p\Big(a_pa_{-p} + a_pa^\dagger_{p}-...
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Repulsive forces at large distances

I'm currently writing a 3D $n$-body simulator (similar to what you see here to simulate the evolution of a system of n particles under the force of gravity. It works fine for "smaller" scale ...
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Trying to turn a nonlinear differential equation into a linear one

The problem I have today is to determine the differential equation for a square fin protruding from a wall that experiences surface to ambient radiation and has an internal heat generation of $\dot q$ ...
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High Frequency radio wave propagation time

What is the maximum time for an HF radio wave to reach its destination regardless of propagation mode? Since electromagnetic waves' speed is close to the light speed in the air, can we say it is ...
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Peskin equation 6.38

In Peskin and Schroeder's QFT book, page 189, equation 6.38, how do they get from the first line to the second line? In particular, I am stuck on the transition from what I perceive to be: $$ k'_\...
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Clock synchronization and dilation

This is a question on the synchronization of clocks. If a girl on a train has the same clock that a guy has on the platform and they synchronize their clocks at 12am together when the train and the ...
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Alternative Critical Dimensions in String Theory

Is it possible to write down a Lagrangian for a string theory with a critical dimension different than the familiar 10 or 26? How could one find a string theory Lagrangian for a given dimension? Could ...
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Potential energy curve for intermolecular distance

I'm trying to understand this curve better, but I can't quite figure out what "negative potential energy" means. The graph should describe a molecule oscillating between $A$ and $B$, however where I'...
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Where is the mistake in the following DC circuit analysis? [closed]

In the following circuit, I'd like to calculate the potential difference $V_{BA}$. One way is to solve the circuit, by calculating all the currents $I_1, I_2, I_3$. The system of equations is: $\{...
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What force particle mediates electric fields and magnetic fields?

The force carrier for magnetic fields and electric fields are supposedly photons. I don't get it: 1) Wouldn't that mean that a charged particle (e.g. an electron or even a polarized H2O molecule) ...
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Dropping an object from a plane [closed]

I've done this before, but it's been a long time. Using trigonometric functions, I've been asked to solve the following problem. However, I'm at a complete loss as to how to do it. I have 5 questions ...
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What determines the distribution of the energy between the beta-particle and the neutrino in beta decay?

When beta-decay occurs an electron or a positron is emitted along a neutrino or an antineutrino. The energy spectrum of the beta particles is continuous because, as I read, the energy is shared ...
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Ising model for ferromagnetism is not intuitive

In the Ising model for ferromagnetism a lower energy is assumed when two spin magnetic dipoles are aligned parallel to each other and the energy is higher when they are antiparallel. If I take two ...
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Raindrops on a fence. Why a regular pattern?

I observed a fence composed of plastic-coated metal wires running vertically and horizontally at intervals of around 3 cm. After it had rained, drops of water remained on the horizontal wires. I was ...
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absorption length of thermal neutrons in a medium

My book states that $$N(x)=N_0\cdot e^{n\cdot \sigma \cdot x}$$ for $n$ absorbing particles per volume element with a cross section $\sigma$. Can somebody explain where this comes from?
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Naive question about the S-matrix

In quantum field theory, the elements of the S-matrix are defined as the amplitude describing the transition from an initial $n$-particle state (the "in" state) to an final $m$-particle state: \begin{...
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What is “k-Local Hamiltonian Problem” in quantum complexity theory?

An example of a QMA problem is the k-LOCAL HAMILTONIAN problem. What exactly is it?
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How can I answer the critical questions of mechanics? [duplicate]

I have passed my 1st year of undergraduate study life somehow I could have managed. But recently I have decided to fill up the emptiness of knowledge over mechanics. Besides I have my studies of 2nd ...
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Does “Crack The Whip” actually speed you up?

"Crack The Whip" is a game played on ice skating rinks where several individuals line up all facing the opposite end of the rink, and skate forward. When the group reaches the opposite end of the rink,...
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Modeling a list with a tunable degree of disorder/shuffling

Imagine we have a list of ordered numbers $L = (1, 2,\dots, N)$. I want to add an arbitrary amount of "disorder" to that list. For instance: Adding a little bit of disorder would permute a few ...
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Phonon mode in canonical and grand canonical ensemble

I derived the averaged energy for phonon mode with frequency $\omega$ in canonical ensemble and in grand canonical ensemble. Averaged energy derived in canonical ensemble is $E_c=\frac{1}{2}\hbar\...
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Different kinds of the same isotope

I apologize if this is an obvious question, but I can't find the answer anywhere. In this page: http://ie.lbl.gov/education/parent/U_iso.htm are listed the isotopes of Uranium. Some of them, for ...
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What actually happens at the microscopic level in a Zener diode in reverse bias?

A Zener diode is used as a voltage stabilizer. The graph of current vs voltage of Zener diode clearly shows that there is a constant voltage across Zener after the breakdown voltage as the current ...
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Why do shadows from the sun join each other when near enough?

I was laying on my bed, reading a book when the sun shone through the windows on my left. I happened to look at the wall on my right and noticed this very strange effect. The shadow of my elbow, when ...
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TISE for a triangular potential

I want to solve the TISE of a particle of charge $q$ and mass $m$ in a one dimensional triangular potential, with an infinitely high potential wall at $x = 0$, i.e. $$\hat{H}=-\frac{\hbar^2}{2m}\frac{...
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Does displacement current exist after the capacitor gets fully charged?

The displacement current is due to changing electric field. Since, after the capacitor gets fully charged there is no changing electric field there is no displacement current.(capacitor connected to a ...
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Fermi Energy and the Electric Potential

In an extrinsic semiconductor the electric potential is: $$\phi = \frac{1}{q}(E_{\mathrm{F}} - E_{\mathrm{Fi}})$$ where $E_{\mathrm{F}}$ is the Fermi energy, $E_{\mathrm{Fi}}$ is the intrinsic Fermi ...
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Dependence of intensity of a LED on forward bias voltage

Due to increase in forward bias voltage, the intensity of light increases but after a particular value the intensity decreases. Why?
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If a material is built to handle tension, would removing the tension damage it?

If an object is designed to cope with large forces such as tension, would removing these forces risk damaging the object? For example: The neck of a guitar is built to handle the tension of steel ...
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Efflux speed of ideal fluid dependent on diameter?

I have a cylinder full of water with diameter $D$ with a round opening on the bottom with diameter $d$. The water is friction-free and incompressible. Now I need a relationship for the efflux speed $v$...
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how to find last position given a time

I found this formula (I dont know its name) and I'm trying to apply it in order to find the last position given a time and velocity. $ s = s_0 + v_0 \cdot t + \frac{1}{2} \cdot a \cdot t² $ given $ ...
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Mosquito in a Bus [duplicate]

My Question goes like this: If a mosquito inside the bus wants to move from back to front, will there be any difference if the bus is stationary or moving (ie extra effort in the latter case?)? ...
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How to calculate potential in circuit

In the following circuit (that has come up during a BJT DC analysis for what is worth), I'd like to calculate the potential at point B and point E. My notes say that $V_B = -10 + 0.7 = -9.3V$. ...
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Help solve this paradox?

If in a uniform magnetic field a conducting rod moves on a set of joined friction less rails which are perpendicular to the direction of magnetic field, a potential is developed and current flown this ...
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Proper time along path in Minkowski Space

Consider the path $x^\mu(u)$ in Minkowski space; such that: $$t = \frac{a}{c} \sinh(u) , \quad x = a \cosh(u) ,\quad y = 0 ,\quad z = 0 $$ where $a$ is a positive constant and $u$ is a parameter ...
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What is the current physical theory of what causes the 'Morning Glory' roll cloud over Northern Australia?

The Morning Glory roll cloud (pictured below): from this Wikipedia page, which briefly describes the landform and meteorological causes, but states The Morning Glory cloud is not clearly ...
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Why does noise affect FM radio less than AM?

Frequency modulated waves are less susceptible to noise compared to amplitude modulated signal. This is because the information in an FM signal is transmitted through varying the frequency, and not ...
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How can laser communication be faster than microwave?

My textbook states that "Laser communication is much faster than microwave communication." But, how can that be? Both are electromagnetic waves with different frequencies but, how can the speed be ...

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