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(Optical) Coherent states being all orders coherent

I recently read that coherent states $|{\alpha}\rangle = e^{-|\alpha|^2/2} \sum_{n=0}^\infty{\frac{\alpha^n}{\sqrt{n!}}|{n}\rangle }$ are all orders coherent, according to the definitions given on ...
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Two different transformation laws for Quantum Fields

I found a nice answer to a problem that was bothering me for quite a while in a lecture script (unfortunately in german). The first step of the answer, is what remains unclear to me. The script states ...
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Thermodynamics, chaperones : How to model polymer fragmentation

Living polymers are well described by equilibrium statistical physics. Now I would like to consider a case were living polymers undergo fragmentation due to chaperones. I can think of a kinetic ...
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Time evolution of a quantum system

A quantum system has Hamiltonian $H$ with normalised eigenstates $\psi_n$ and corresponding energies $E_n$ ($n = 1,2,3...$). A linear operator $Q$ is defined by its action on these states: $$ ...
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Uncharged Gluon Representation

I'm currently learning for an exam and in an old exam the question was posed: If Gluons were uncharged, under which representation would they transform? The ...
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Direction of pressure in fluids

ok so my friend told me that in a container, the pressure exerted by the walls on the liquid in the container act in the upward direction.Is he correct ? so what I am imagining is a cylindrical ...
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If something is not moving in space, is it moving on the time axis at the speed of light? [duplicate]

I heard this theory yesterday: If something is not moving in space, then it is moving on the time axis at the speed of light. I realize that in essence there is no object which can be considered as ...
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Who makes the astronaut helmet visors for NASA? [on hold]

I am searching patenting sites for information regarding visors. Results are varied by specific uses. To feel comfortable with my search, I think the specific use is comparable to that of the visors ...
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Derive the generating function for canonical transformation of type $F_3$

I'm working on some practice questions and I am a bit confused with this one: Generating functions of the type $F_1(q,Q)$ satisfy the condition: $$pdq-PdQ = dF_1$$ Starting from this condition ...
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These two operators commute…but their eigenvectors aren't all the same. Why?

The Hamiltonian $$H = \left[ \begin{array}{cccc} a & 0 & 0 & -b \\ 0 & 0 & -b & 0\\ 0 & -b & 0 & 0\\ -b & 0 & 0 & -a \end{array} \right] $$ commutes ...
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Semiconductor band diagram with a doping gradient

What does the Energy band diagram in a semiconductor look like if we introduced a doping gradient? What would it look like if after we added the doping gradient we introduced an electric field? I ...
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How is the image in a mirror created? Are there infinitely many light rays?

How is the image in a mirror created? Are there infinitely many light rays? My motivation for the question is from image processing. We work with images as discrete 2D functions, as matrices. Spatial ...
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Why are most ferromagnets metals while antiferromagnets are insulators?

This seems to be experimentally true, but I don't quite have an intuition as to why. In the Ising model, we usually consider an insulating ferromagnet if $J>0$, where $J$ is the exchange coupling. ...
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How can we tell if a molecule is in thermodynamic equilibrium from scattering data?

We have a molecule that is emitting/absorbing photons. We know the Hamiltonian and that there are several levels. We count the emitted photons at different angles and frequencies. We can also do ...
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The physics behind Google Glass' “prism”

In writing a bachelor's thesis about applicable use cases for Google Glass in retail I also strive to explain the physics behind Glass' optics. So far I've come to the following conclusions: Glass ...
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J-coupling constants and nuclei with zero total angular momentum

The Wikipedia page on J-couplings states that Scalar or J-couplings (also called indirect dipole dipole coupling) are mediated through chemical bonds connecting two spins. It is an indirect ...
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Can neutrino detectors tell what direction the neutrinos came from?

I was reading this question and got to thinking. Can neutrino detectors give us any clue where the neutrinos came from or when a supernova may occur?
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What is “field size” when referring to perspective?

I'm trying to get my head around perspective. If you look at the animation in Wikipedia : You can see that the cube looks very distorted, then the edges go more parallel. From my understanding, ...
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In QED, why is the $e^- + e^+\leftrightarrow\gamma$ process forbidden on-shell?

QED has a vertex that couples a single photon to two fermions. This vertex describes the annihilation of an electron-positron pair into a photon. Why is this process forbidden for all three particles ...
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Is the universe fundamentally deterministic?

I'm not sure if this is the right place to ask this question. I realise that this maybe a borderline philosophical question at this point in time, therefore feel free to close this question if you ...
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Question about a spring-mass-damper [on hold]

The following diagram shows the problem I have. The equation I derived using Newton's second law is also shown in the figure. M is the mass of the object the system is attached to and needs to be ...
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How can the microstates be measured with zero energy expenditure?

James P. Sethna. Statistical Mechanics. Exercise 5.2: What prevents a Maxwellian demon from using an atom in an unknown state to extract work? The demon must first measure which side of the ...
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How to see the ground state degeneracy (GSD) from a $BF$ theory in $2+1$ $d$?

I have seen many times the $BF$ theory has non-trivial ground state degeneracy (typically on torus), but I can not see how the conclusion come out. Recently I found a paper by Hansson, Oganesyan and ...
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What problems with Electromagnetism led Einstein to the Special Theory of Relativity?

I have often heard it said that several problems in the theory of electromagnetism as described by Maxwell's equations led Einstein to his theory of Special Relativity. What exactly were these ...
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What is the actual energy content of the Sun?

Beside the energy released by nuclear fusion in the core, the Sun is a hot plasma of hydrogen and helium ranging from thousands to million of degrees. So how does that translate into energy ? I have ...
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How to write a noisy state as a separable operator

Bipartite operators close enough to the identity are separable. But how does one compute the product operator terms of the separable expansion? In particular, if $\left| \Phi \right> = m^{-1/2} ...
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A flight attendant on a plane - special relativity problem [on hold]

the question goes like this: on a plane, flying at 0.8c which is 100m long (in plane system), at the back of the plane there is a flight attendant moving at 0.55c (relativitly to the plane system). ...
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Potential energy given to an electron in a time-varying electric field

Given a general electric field $\epsilon(t) $ directed in the z direction, how would we calculate the potential energy given to an electron as a result of this field?
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Does a superconducting state change in a Type 2 collapse the whole superconductor?

If (say) we have a 1m length bar of a Type 2 superconductor in a superconducting state and something is done to one end of it to collapse the superconduction there, does the state of the whole bar ...
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Calculating the induced emf without knowing the change in magnetic flux [on hold]

A conducting rod of length $\ell$ moves on two horizontal frictionless rails, as in Figure P20.30. A constant force of magnitude 1.00 N moves the bar at a uniform speed of 2.00 m/s through a ...
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Determining energy stored in capacitor and inductor in RLC circuit

I've been stuck on the following homework problem for a few hours now with little progress. As you can see, it's a relatively simple RLC circuit with a couple independent sources and a ...
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Convergence of light by light scattering amplitude

Perhaps I'm too exhausted to see the answer of why the photon-photon scattering should contain no divergences. In Peskin and Schroeder page 320 we find that because of the Ward identity the ...
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Explanation for negative specific heat capacities in stars?

I've just found out that a negative specific heat capacity is possible. But I have been trying to find an explanation for this with no success. Negative heat capacity would mean that when a system ...
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Interaction Lagrangian forms

When a charge motion is given (known), the electromagnetic field can be explicitly found (Retarded potentials, etc.). The interaction Lagrangian density is $j\cdot A$ or in the action it may look like ...
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How does lattice field theory relate to string theory?

The former is sort of a "mapping" technique with the goal of making quantum fields computable, while the latter wants to act as an underlying system of it. (as far as I know) What is their relation to ...
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Discrepancy in introducing Schottky barrier

I have a problem regarding introduction of Schottky barrier in metal-semiconductor junction. Because of this barrier the energies of conduction band vary discontinuously and hence the potential is ...
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How does a minority carrier diffuse?

I have gone through a lot of questions but none of them ask how do the minority carriers approach the depletion layer in the first place. When a p-n junction is formed, negative space charge ...
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Difference between a “source dipole” and a “force dipole”

I know quite well what a dipole is and in general what multipole moments are (in the context of, for instance, electrodynamics). What I find myself confused by is something called a "force dipole" in ...
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When will you face the facts from 1911? [on hold]

See the most widely known public secret, since 1911, of theoretical physics: http://sites.google.com/site/maximalsettheory/home/what-is-gravity D. Chakalov
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How do we measure the local distribution function of electrons in a metal?

How is the measurement of the local distribution function(or DOS) of electrons in a metal with a superconducting electrode connected to the wire by a tunnel junction done?
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Effect of doping on the width of depletion layer of PN-junction diode

I've read that if there is very low doping in a pn-junction diode, the depletion region will be large because a large volume of depleted semiconductor is needed to generate enough electric field to ...
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Differentiating the Hamiltonian Operator, $\hat{H}$

Firstly let $\hat{H}$ denote the full energy of the electromagnetic wave. I'm trying to differentiate the Hamiltonian operator with respect to the components of momentum, i.e. $$\frac{d}{dp_x} ...
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Are Lockheed Martin nuclear fusion claims realistic? [duplicate]

Lockheed Martin reported breakthroughs on nuclear fusion technology for energy. Are these claims scientifically realistic? The claims have been reported in the media: ...
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Compute distance between planes in a crystal

I want to compute the distance between two (111) planes in a cubic crystalline structure, in order to do some computations involving Bragg reflection. I have a sketch of which the (111) planes are, ...
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Position operator in QFT

My Professor in QFT did a move which I cannot follow: Given the state $$\hat\phi|0\rangle = \int \frac{d^3p}{(2\pi)^3 2 E_p} a^\dagger_p e^{- i p_\mu x^\mu}|0\rangle,$$ he wanted to show that this ...
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Spectroscopic notation for more than one excited electron

In spectroscopy, notation like $^3S_1$ or similar is often used to define atomic states. This is unambiguous when considering only a single electron excited from the outermost energy level. But how ...
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Sum of energy for 2 solids in rotation

I would like to compute the sum of energy of the following case: Two solids are turning (disks). Yellow solid is turning at $w1 rd/s$ around its center of gravity and blue solid is turning at ...
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When a planet is heated through gravitational pull, where is the energy taken from?

Jupiters moon Io is heated through the gravitational pull of Jupiter, but when Io is heated because of this, where does that energy come from? How does conservation of energy work for this effect, ...
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What is a $p_x + i p_y$ superconductor? Relation to topological superconductors

I often read about s-wave and p-wave superconductors. In particular a $p_x + i p_y$ superconductor - often mentioned in combination with topological superconductors. I understand that the overall ...
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What exactly is $\hat{\psi}^\dagger(x)$? An operator or a function?

I've recently read Cohen-Tannoudji on quantum mechanics to try to better understand Dirac notation. A homework problem is giving me some trouble though. I'm unsure if I've learned enough yet to ...

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