# All Questions

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### Does Joseph Polchinski win the FPP Physics Frontiers Prize'' twice (2013 and 2014)? Why? [closed]

Recently I have been confused by the fact that: Joseph Polchinski's name appear in FFP Physics Frontiers Prize 2013 here: https://fundamentalphysicsprize.org/laureates6 Joseph Polchinski for his ...
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### Does earths gravitational force vary depending on where you are on the planet?

Does the gravitational force acting on a person ever change just by their position on the planet. For instance, at greater altitudes or closer to the equator.
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### Reference request for exactly solved models

Can someone recommend a textbook or review article that covers exactly solved models in statistical mechanics, such as the six- or eight-vertex models? If there is literature at the undergraduate ...
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### Detecting a photon without changing it: Does it break conservation laws?

This is about an article published on ScienceMag: Nondestructive Detection of an Optical Photon. I don't have access to full text, but you can see a brief transcription in this link. Basically, it ...
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### Can general wavefunctions be expressed as kets?

I am confused on bra-ket notation in quantum mechanics. My professor says that a ket is an eigenfunction of some operator. However, for some time now I thought a ket could represent a general ...
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### Is uncertainty principle a technical difficulty in measurement?

I have searched for an answer to this question on physics SE but I have not seen a question in which it is addressed properly. Please let me know if there is an answer already. My question briefly ...
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### What does Mass bend? [closed]

Mass and Energy can warp space-time around them, but that doesn't answer what space-time is, what is space?
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### Equivalence principle and acceleration vs a gravitational field

I picked this up on the net: Einstein came to realize the principle of equivalence, and it states that an accelerated system is completely physically equivalent to a system inside a gravitational ...
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### Newton's third Law?

Third law: When one body exerts a force on a second body, the second body simultaneously exerts a force equal in magnitude and opposite in direction to that of the first body. Newton's third ...
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### Isn't Dark Matter just an Indication that Relativity breaks down when describing large masses? [duplicate]

It seems to me that Dark Matter is just an indication that our models of gravity do not scale to the level of galaxies, and thus like Newtonian physics, it is a powerful but incomplete model of the ...
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### Is there any usage of $x^x$ in physics? [closed]

I am so excited about the function: $x^x$. I would like to know if there is any usage in the physics world of this function. Is there any formula that uses $x^x$?
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### Why does the Standard Model predict Neutrinos are massless?

Why are neutrinos massless in the Standard Model? Is it connected with experimental fact that neutrinos always have only one direction of projection of spin on motion direction?
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### A Competitor for General Relativity? [closed]

GR stands alone in its ability to pass both weak and strong field tests of gravity fields. From 1905 to 1915, there was renewed interest in a somehow modified scalar field theory. Here is the ...
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### How can a transversality condition be invoked to reduce the Euler-Lagrange equation?

I asked this question regarding the Euler-Lagrange equation at MSE and have gotten no response. I will ask it here too. I think I might have more luck here since the E-L equation is at the core of ...
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### Modular invariance of CFT

I am looking at the Cardy formula for entropy in CFT, and in the article 'Kerr/CFT correspondence and its Extensions' there is a sentence: In any unitary and modular invariant CFT, the asymptotic ...
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### What is the name of the temperature limit beyond which an explosion will form a mushroom cloud?

Many months ago I saw a picture that was taken many years ago of an explosion, possibly in the Atlanta area. If I recall the explosion was caused by fuel in railroad cars. However, the explosion ...
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### Deduction of relativistic mass formula in 1+1 dimensions

I have read the explanation/calculation of relativistic momentum and relativistic mass in the Feynman lectures, see chapter 16.4 here: http://www.feynmanlectures.caltech.edu/I_16.html. (I guess this ...
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### Why does this flashlight lens have this shape?

I pulled apart a flashlight and found a similar lens as the one shown below. I assume that the light starts off as a “point source” somewhere inside and the curvature and/or shape of the “lens” ...
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### Constructive vs Algebraic Quantum Field Theory

I am interested to know how the (non)existence theorems of constructive QFT and algebraic QFT are related (or not). I have only a weak grasp of either, so I'm looking for something like a quick ...
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### Notation in Quantum Mechanics

When we write equations in QM, in certain places, the wave function is represented as $\psi(x,t)$, which is the wave function in position space, and in some other places, it is written as $\Psi(t)$. ...
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### How to use The Schwarzchild Metric formula to get distribution representing “free-fall”

Given formula: How I can use to calculate distribution of points in space, so if i choose path which contains most of the points I get path that close to "free-fall path". As far as I know i should ...
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### Parity Transformation Behavior of (Weyl-)spinors

Suppose $u^\pm (p)$ are Weyl-spinors with helicity $h = \pm$, i.e. solutions of the Dirac equation $p_\mu \gamma^\mu u(p) = 0$. How do these spinors behave under parity transformation? In ...
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### Gravitational Effect Versus the Speed of Light [duplicate]

If, for some reason, the sun were to suddenly disappear altogether, I would like to know the following: would we "feel" it first (i.e. being thrown into outer space due to no longer having anything ...
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### Electrical potential difference?

What is the electrical potential difference and why we have to talk about a difference and not about the electrical potential itself? What is the electrical potential difference in practical terms ...
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### Outdoor Active Noise Canceling Speaker

I would like to understand how to create an active noise canceling system to reduce the noise coming from a street road bump. The advantage is that the area the noise is coming from is very small.
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### Application of Ampère's law in low $Re_m$ MHD

Ampère's law states that $$\nabla \times \mathbf{B} = \mu_0 \mathbf{J} \tag{1}$$ Simultaneously, from Ohm's law, we know that ...
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### How Can There Be Magnetic Force Without Velocity [duplicate]

Suppose there is a space with constant magnetic field, and a charged particle is moving in that space with a constant velocity, ofcourse it experiences a magnetic force and gets deflected. But the ...
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### 'Hole in the clouds' in the Sarychev Peak eruption

One of my favourite ever pictures taken from space is a picture of the 2009 eruption of Sarychev Peak (Ostrov Matua island, Japan) taken by an ISS astronaut during a lucky fly-over. Image Source: ...
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### Will the heat flow of Joule heat be different, if the Joule heat is dissipated in a material that has a temperature gradient beforehand?

Let us assume one dimensional heat transfer, for example a finite length wire starting at point $0$ and ending at point $\ell$. If the current passes the wire, the Joule heat $I^{2}R$ will be ...
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### Are there any stable (not metastable) string theory compactifications with a positive cosmological constant?

Previously, on Save us from swallowing baby universes, please!, I asked how we can be saved from false vacuum decay assuming we are living in a false vacuum. What if we are living in a stable vacuum ...
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### How do stun guns not kill people?

Now, I've seen a lot of answers to this sort of question, but most of them provide answers that don't actually make sense from a physics perspective. As an example of such an answer, I've commonly ...
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### Noether current for the Lagrangian without Lorentz invariance

I am reading an article by Watanabe & Murayama. It gives a proof on the counting of Nambu–Goldstone bosons without Lorentz invariance. I am trying to derive all the equations to get a better ...
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### Relative speed of objects

This question has been bugging me for a while now. I am not sure this is the correct forum to ask, please close if it is not the right forum. Lets say a bus is traveling at $60\: \mathrm{km/h}$ and ...
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### Exciting Surface Plasmons using ATR

I'm very new to the topic of surface plasmons and I have been reading about different methods of exciting them. There is one method in which a prism is set up to allow phase matching of an incident ...