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Is there mathematical proof of the vectorial character of the strong and em forces?

In a old paper, http://arxiv.org/abs/hep-th/9509163 Becca Asquith argues that it is possible to prove that if the SU(2)xU(1) sector of the standard model is chiral, then the SU(3)xU(1) sector is ...
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Advice on classes: Theoretical Mechanics vs E&M II

So I'm having a tough time deciding between courses next semester. I'm a rising 3rd year undergrad math major whose goal is to get a solid understanding of theoretical physics through advanced math ...
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What counts as an observer and memory states in quantum interpretations?

The Everett interpretation has memory robots. Copenhagen requires observer memory states. Consistent histories has its IGUSes. Decoherence has its existential interpretation. All of them refer to ...
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Why aren't we Boltzmann brains in an infinite universe?

Either space is finite or it is infinite. a) - If space is infinite in extent, either it is thermal over an infinite volume, or it is in the vacuum state for most of it. If it is thermal, infinity ...
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How do you simulate chiral gauge theories on a computer?

David Tong and Lubos Motl have argued that our universe can't possibly be a digital computer simulation because chiral gauge theories can't be discretized, and the Standard Model is a chiral gauge ...
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Is particle number a problem for formulating statistical physics in a mathematically rigorous manner?

Quantities like the chemical potential can be expressed as something like $$\mu=-T\left(\tfrac{\partial S}{\partial N}\right)_{E,V}.$$ Now the entropy is the log some volume, which depends on the ...
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Does black hole complementarity apply to white holes?

If physics is time reversal invariant, there ought to be white hole complimentarity as well. Imagine a white hole so enormous that it is possible for life to evolve entirely within it for billions of ...
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Acceleration of a car required to reach point B with velocity D from point A with velocity C in time T

How do I get the acceleration of a car required to reach point B with velocity D from point A with velocity C in time T? I understand the acceleration is not constant but how can I calculate the ...
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Polarization true or false: Repeating circular filters is different from repeating linear filters?

Begin with standard abbreviations for polarized filters: H = Horizontal, V= Vertical, D = Diagonal, R = Right circular. HHH means three horizontal filters in a row. Start with totally unpolarized ...
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A nonintegrable quantum system whose classical limit is integrable?

In this discussion: http://chat.stackexchange.com/rooms/4243/discussion-between-arnold-neumaier-and-ron-maimon Arnold Neumaier suggested that there might be a close link between classical and quantum ...
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How does a holographic object change perspective when the image is rotated?

Fundamentally i want to know: How do holograms work? The problem with that question is that normally you will end up with pages and pages talking about: a laser a beam splitter a diffuser the ...
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How are quantum potential wells fabricated?

Potential wells, such as infinite and finite potential well, have been the standard examples in quantum mechanics textbooks for tens of years. They started being only theoretical toy models but as ...
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Expansion of space [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: spacetime expansion and universe expansion? So I've heard that space is expanding very quickly and that the redshift we see when we look at other galaxies is evidence of ...
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Looking for a list of possible subatomic particle collisions

This is going to be a strange question, but here we go. I'm working on a computer puzzle game that will simulate subatomic particle collisions. I am not a physicist by training, but I do dabble. I ...
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Explanation for $E~$ not falling off at $1/r^2$ for infinite line and sheet charges?

For an infinite line charge, $E$ falls off with $1/r$; for an infinite sheet of charge it's independent of r! The infinitesimal contributions to $E$ fall off with $1/r^2$, so why doesn't the total $E$ ...
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R charge of the chiral multiplet in $2+1$ dimensions

These are two examples that I am puzzled by, One can see in this paper on page 16 that for ${\cal N} =2$ theory on $2+1$ the R-charge of the $\phi$ and the $\psi$ is determined to be $\frac{1}{2}$ ...
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How to decide convergence of the ensemble average in a Monte Carlo process

I am simulating electromagnetic scattering off a rough surface. The usual process is to do a Monte Carlo simulation, which is briefly described as follows. Generate a randomly rough surface, and ...
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Shouldn't LHC have used $p\bar{p}$ collisions, instead of $pp$ collisions, to study baryogenesis?

Baryogenesis is the physical process(es) that produced baryon antibaryon asymmetry in the early universe. That means, the laws that governed the bigbang was baryon-antibaryon symmetric. On the other ...
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quantum field description of squeezing

Following with a series of questions regarding quantum squeezing, let me add another one: quantum squeezing of vacuum is a real propagating state of the field, it can be switched on and off, squeezing ...
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vector-scalar gravity

Has anyone developed a vector-scalar theory of gravity using an acceleration field equation that is based on a ratio in which the numerator is the familiar Newtonian vector sum of all masses times the ...
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What's the right way to calculate the principal moment of inertia?

I am writing a program that incorporates calculating the principal moment of inertia for a protein residue based on its component atom XYZ coordinates. I am exceedingly confused about which formulas ...
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Interactions Between the poles of the same magnet

Suppose a bar magnet like so : [(+m)----------------(-m)] Do the two individual poles interact with each other ? If yes then how do you explain it if no then ...
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Size of universe after inflation?

Wikipedia states the period of inflation was from $10^{-36}$sec to around $10^{-33}$sec or $10^{-32}$sec after Big Bang, but it doesn't say what the size of the universe was when inflation ended. ...
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Symplectic integrators of the pendulum equation?

In particular, a symplectic integrator to solve: $$\ddot{\theta} + \dfrac{g}{l} \sin(\theta) = 0.$$ I'm currently using velocity verlet - by realizing that $$\ddot{\theta} = -\nabla (-cos(\theta)) ...
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Question about units in Lagrangian dynamics (inertia matrix)

I have a 3 degree of freedom system and my equation of motion is like this: $$M(q)q_{dd} + C(q,q_d)q_d+G(q)~=~0$$ $M(q)$: inertia matrix $C(q,q_d)$: Coriolis-centrifugal matrix $G(q)$: potential ...
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Can extremely charged objects simulate some black hole effects?

If we had a positive point charge of incredible quantity, does there exist an imaginary sphere about it, such that regardless of the initial speed and direction of any electron, that electron could ...
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Why are bricks typically constructed to have six faces at, or near right-angles to each the other?

Looking around it appears that bricks, through history, have been constructed in cuboid form i.e. with six faces at right-angles to each other. This is also apparently the case with stone construction ...
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Counting electromagnetic modes in a rectangular cavity and boundary conditions

The electric field in a cubical cavity of side length $L$ with perfectly conducting walls is $E_x = E_1 \cos(n_1 x \pi/L) \sin(n_2 y \pi/L) \sin(n_3 z \pi/L) \sin(\omega t)$ $E_y = E_2 \sin(n_1 x ...
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Gauss Law for Magnetism,Non Instantaneous Field Propagation

Is the magnetic force instantaneous? And, are all field lines established simultaneously? Otherwise, for example, the field line marked 'L' will take longer time to propagate than the ones above it, ...
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Representation of phase in quantum mechanics

[Note: My discussion of the three answers can be found just after the question.] Imagine three points in space that differ only by a phase angle of "something" (what doesn't really matter). One way ...
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Is there some connection between the Virial theorem and a least action principle?

Both involve some 'averaging' over energies (kinetic and potential) and make some prediction about their mean values. As far as the least action principles, one could think of them as saying that the ...
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Can I study Quantum Computing or Quantum Mechanics with an Engineering background?

I am currently studying Electrical & Electronic Engineering. I wish to pursue Quantum Mechanics or Quantum Computing as my research subject. Is it possible for me to do my M.Tech. and then pursue ...
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uncertainty deviations for vacuum astronomy

Since i've done this question, i've been trying to improve and make more precise the statements regarding cosmic squeezed states and how different uncertainties affect the vacuum energy, but as it ...
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Rotation, cats landing on their feet, and conservation of angular momentum

Let θ be the orientation (angle) of a body (such as a cat), and let ω be its angular velocity. It is well-known that θ can change even when the body is not rotating, using the conservation of angular ...
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Hall conductivity and edge response

The hall conductivity $\sigma_{xy}$ seems to reflect to some extent the response of a system in direction $\hat{y}$ to certain perturbation (electric field for example) restricted in $\hat{x}$ ...
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Question on conduction

I already know that a charged polyethylene plastic (done by rubbing it with paper) can be used to attract a cardboard. Now, can I 'charge' the cardboard by touching it with the plastic? Supposedly, ...
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Simple PDE as a theory of everything?

For the sake of simplicity, I’d like to believe that there is one master non-linear partial differential equation governing physics. In particular, consider a Klein-Gordon form: $$ \frac{\partial^2 ...
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Latent heat vs temperature of phase transitions?

Is the latent heat associated with phase transitions correlated with the temperature at which they occur? The latent heat is related to the difference in energy between the two phases, and the ...
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Is the stress finite at the centre of a spherical continuous charge distribution?

At the centre of a spherical continuous charge distribution with no external electric fields, the electric field is zero from symmetry arguments. But does the stress at the centre remain finite?
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fun computational physics projects [closed]

I want to learn how to code in Java and am in need of some cool computational physics projects that would provide motivation to do so. I was wondering if you guys could list some medium-level ...
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Can $10^{23}$ stars be treated with methods of statistical mechanics?

Statistical mechanics is used to describe systems with large number of particles ~$10^{23}$. The observable universe contains between $10^{22}$ to $10^{24}$ stars. Can we treat those many stars as a ...
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How can Hilbert spaces be used to study the harmonics of vibrating strings?

The overtones of a vibrating string. These are eigenfunctions of an associated Sturm–Liouville problem. The eigenvalues 1,1/2,1/3,… form the (musical) harmonic series. How can Hilbert spaces be ...
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How to calculate Temperature Humidity Wind Index?

I would like to know how to calculate Temperature Humidity Wind Index (THW Index)? I know how to calculate Heat Index and Wind Chill. I am asking this because my weather station Davis Vantage Pro2 ...
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Is hydrogen the same everywhere?

Silly thought. Feel free to shoot it down Does a hydrogen atom undergo any kind of change subject to it's environment? If one were to study a hydrogen atom on the surface of Mercury, another above ...
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Should the term Watt's Law be used for $P = IV$?

I'm revising some electrical curriculum for a technical training program. In the curriculum students have to calculate values using Ohm's law and the equation $$\text{Power = Current * Voltage}$$ ...
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Doping of pentavalent atom with hexavalent atom

We know that a tetra valent element can be a semiconductor and doping of pentavalent and trivalent impurities would give a extrinsic semiconductor. I got a question now. Can we use an element of ...
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What happened to Apollo's Saturn-third-stage rockets?

I read recently the original Apollo 11 press release and it mentions that the Saturn V's third stage (used for Trans-Lunar Injection) was deployed into a solar orbit of some kind: (Source: Press ...
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What isotope has the shortest half life?

Question: What isotope has the shortest half life?
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How do I calculate the Radiation length of a Molecule

I want to calculate the Radiation length in a Molecule with the Formula given on wikipedia. How do I calculate Z and A for a molecule to put it into the Formula?
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Is it theoretically possible to reach 0 kelvin?

I'm having a discussion with someone. I said that it is -even theoretically- impossible to reach 0K, because that would imply that all molecules in the substance would stand perfectly still. He said ...

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