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The DLCZ Protocol

I have been reading the article review for Optical Quantum Memory (http://arxiv.org/abs/1002.4659) when I came across this section about DLCZ protocol. I don't understand about Beam splitter. For what ...
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Why do some of the dimensionful physical constants take on the values they do?

so this might have some duplicated inquiry that this question or this question had, and while i think i have some of my own opinion about it, i would like to ask the community here for more opinions. ...
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In terms of physics, does the phrase “time slows down” mean the same thing as “things happen more slowly?”

The common definition of "time" is a type of measurement, like size. But the sentence "size gets bigger" doesn't make any sense. Is "time slows down" an odd phrasing of "events occur more slowly" or ...
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Potential Energy and Kinetic Energy [on hold]

how does potential energy related to height? how does kinetic energy related to velocity? how does potential energy related to those kinetic energy? how does potential energy and kinetic energy ...
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Why is Silver-108 unstable

Why is Silver-108 unstable if silver-107 and silver-109 are stable? I found it on crash course but no answer was given.
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Is topology of universe observable?

There is an idea that the geometry of physical space is not observable(i.e. it can't be fixed by mere observation). It was introduced by H. Poincare. In brief it says that we can formulate our ...
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Derivation of force law in special relativity

I've seen force defined in special relativity as the rate of change of 4-momentum $$ {\bf{F}} = \frac{d {\bf{p}}}{dt} $$ Can anyone comment on the following derivation of that relation? Take one ...
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Radiation emission and absorption

Any object can emit and absorb radiation and the power of emission can be represented by the Stefan-Boltzmann law: $$P=A\epsilon\sigma T^4$$ In many texts the net power radiated is the difference ...
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Why do bubbles make a sound?

I have an understanding of how bubbles work. They encapsulate air (or other fluids) in a membrane caused by surface tension. When they pop, there is often a sound. Sound is a type of energy, kinetic ...
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How do I know which force to use in moments calculation?

I'm working on some Statics problem, with the method of joints, etc and for all of them, we use sum of moments = 0. However, I'm very confused about which forces I should use to find the sum of ...
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Fierz identity for Weyl spinors in tensor currents

Using Fierz identity I found that certain four-fermion operator with left $l_i$ and right-chiral $r_i$ Weyl spinors vanish $\bar{l}_1\sigma_{\mu\nu} r_2 \bar{r}_3 \sigma^{\mu\nu} l_4 =$ $ ...
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Electrochemical cell potential - Prigogine book

I'm trying to understand equation 10.2.14 from Prigogine book "Moder thermodynamics": $V=\frac{\tilde{A}}{nF}=\frac{1}{nF}\left(\mu_X^R+\mu_Y^L-\mu_{Xred}^R-\mu_{Yox}^L\right) - \left( \phi^R-\phi^L ...
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How much could one slow down aging using existing spacecraft?

Imagine that I board a spacecraft and head away from the Earth at top speed until I've aged twenty years, then I turn around and come back. How much younger will I be than the unexciting folk who hung ...
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Is there a textile like material that can act as a spring? [on hold]

Imagine some sort of textile (as in very light, not metallic) that is tightly rolled up, can be easily unrolled by applying some force (i.e pulling it) but when released will eventually return to it's ...
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compact and non-compact gauge theory [on hold]

From the answer to this question, I see that the gauge theory has to be compact if the charges need to be quantized. I am not sure in what sense these are necessary and sufficient. So here is a ...
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Gas pressure and centrifugal force

I think about a rotating torus (simplified tire) filled with ideal gas. Mass of gas is $m$ and molar mass is $M$. Pressure in non rotating torus is $p_0$. Temperature is constant $T$. Inner radius of ...
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Notation for Translation Group Generators

The generators of the translation group $T(4)$ are given below: $P_0 \equiv -i \begin{pmatrix} 0 & 0 & 0 & 0 & 1 \\ 0 & 0 & 0 & 0 & 0 \\ 0 ...
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Convective heat transfer coeficient equation

I am attempting to model a situation, in which a sphere of some material of identifiable thermal properties is receiving heat at a constant rate. And that material is coming into equilibrium with the ...
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Is there a difference between Hertz and 'frames per second'?

It's not uncommon that the term 'frames per second' (sometimes abbreviated as fps or FPS) is associated with, or even equated to, the unit Hertz (Hz). I'm not exactly sure how these two concepts ...
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What is the physical significance of the fermi-field asymmetric stress-energy tensor?

Using the ideas from a previous question here it can be shown that if one takes the boson spin 1 stress-energy tensor of the form \begin{align} T^{\mu\nu}_{\text{spin one}} = \begin{bmatrix} ...
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Space-time curvature creates gravity or is it (could it be) vice-versa too?

Mass (Energy) creates space-time curvature and thus it forms the reason for gravity. Can it be vice-versa too? Like, mass created gravitational field, gravitational field created space-time curvature? ...
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Are there any applications of elementary number theory to science? [duplicate]

I've taken a class on elementary number theory (for fun), but now I wonder: was it at all useful to learn number theory for my future career in physics? More to the point, are there any applications ...
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About Shor's error correcting algorithm

In this paper, http://arxiv.org/abs/1301.4504 in equation 4.1 in what sense are the two states a "9-qubit state"? I did not understand this counting. Can someone explain what are the different $X_i$ ...
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“Lack of inversion symmetry” in crystal?

Apparently (first paragraph of this article) the lack of inversion symmetry is some crystals allows all sort of nonlinear optic phenomena. Now. Does anyone know of an intuitive or just physical ...
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Impulse on adjacent objects

Let's say two objects are sitting adjacent (in contact) to each other. If we start pushing one of them, we know that both the objects move, remaining in contact to each other. But let's now consider ...
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Nature as a calculator [on hold]

I wondered whether physical experiments can find the outcome of otherwise intractable mathematical problems. For example, solitons or other non-perturbative effects in QFT cannot be seen at any ...
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Why do some hand dryers blow hot air?

I am not sure why some hand dryers are blowing hot air and not just air at room temperature. To me, hair dryers are just a way to dry one's hands using the same principle as when we shake our hands ...
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Confusion over Time dilation and energy to mass conversion [on hold]

Suppose a train starts approaching the speed of light. I kept on giving more and more energy so it is reaching towards speed of light. Now I have trouble understanding this further. Plz consider two ...
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Correlation in electron gas

In the textbooks that I read (namely Ashcroft/Mermin , Marder, etc.) it seems that a distinction is made between the correlations in electron gas and a Couloumb interaction between the electrons. What ...
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Intuitively proof that intensity of a wave is proportional to the square of its amplitude [duplicate]

Firstly I would like to know if this is valid for every kind of wave, or are there any conditions/exceptions where this is not valid. But the main question is, is it possible to prove this fact for a ...
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Thomas - Fermi screening

I read in Ashcroft & Mermin's Solid State text that for the Thomas-Fermi approximation to be applicable, the external potential needs to be "slowly varying," What does it mean for a function (in ...
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Gravity as an absence of repulsive force [duplicate]

Could it be possible that the force we know as "gravity" is instead an absence of repulsive force from the direction "gravity" is coming from, so what we feel is a repulsive force from the opposite ...
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what is the focal length of concave lense? [on hold]

I need just the formula . Please help me anybody ? And the sign convention used in the focal length formula. And any sites ?
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Neutrino annihilation and bosons

Would it be theoretically possible for a high energy neutrino and another high energy anti-neutrino to annihilate into a boson? Which boson(s) would be possible theoretically? - one or more photons ? ...
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Momentum acceleration in space?

I'm an engineering student and have a few ideas to bat at the scientific community. First premise is based upon common sense. I understand that if I am standing on a skateboard on a relatively smooth ...
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Do massless particles follow the curved spacetime or not?

I am assuming that zero (rest) mass particles don't interact gravitationally with each other and other particles. Does that mean they experience a "flat" spacetime instead of a curved one? I find it a ...
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How does acceleration affect the orbit?

I want to know what roughly happens if we hit an orbiting body a little. And how is it possible that most of the objects have seemingly circular orbits around. How do they stabilize? I ask because it ...
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Can friction be brought in to zero value by means of laboratory experiments?

By newton's first law, an object will continue to be in the state of motion of rest untill and unless an external force is acting on it. To prove or verify it experimentally today, is there any way ...
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Instantons in Witten's supersymmetry and Morse theory

I'm reading Witten's paper on supersymmetry and Morse theory and am confused about the details of the instanton calculation which he uses to define a Morse complex (beginning at page 11 of the pdf) . ...
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One question about sextupole

In multipole expansion, we use monopole, dipole, quadrupole or octupole to describe an electromagnetic field. But I saw someone use sextupole to describe transition states. If we expand an ...
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Is the potential in Schrödinger equation an operator?

In the Schrödinger equation in the position representation $$ i\hbar\frac{\partial}{\partial t}\Psi(x,t) ~=~[\frac{-\hbar^2}{2m}\nabla^2+V(x,t)]\Psi(x,t), $$ is the potential $V(x,t)$ an operator ...
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Why do hydraulic jumps form?

I know that a hydraulic jump is formed when a zone of supercritical flow discharges into a zone of subcritical flow, but why exactly is a hydraulic jump formed? From a mechanical point of view, are ...
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How does weight add up to press on things?

I think I understand how pressure works with gases. More molecules bouncing around -> more random impacts -> stronger force. But I realized to my embarrassment that I don't understand how solid ...
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What is “Energy” of a vacuum in the context of quantum theory?

I'm not a physicist or cosmologist, so I hope I am asking the right question with the right words here. My question regards the word "energy" as it pertains to quantum vacuum states, and to concepts ...
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Could space itself be made out of particles? [duplicate]

Are there any theories out there that discuss the idea that space itself could be made out of particles?
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My basis set isn't orthonormal?

I'm implementing a little QM calculation just for fun and to make sure I understand how it works (calculating the helium ground state energy). My problem is that my basis set doesn't seem to be ...
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What is the advantage of AdS/CFT in studying strong coupled system comparing with the lattice method

I often heard AdS/CFT correspondence provides a powerful framework to study strong coupled system, which perturbation is not applicable. However, lattice method still works in non-perturbative domain. ...
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What will be the effect of placing a light source very close to a photodiode?

What will be the effect of placing a photodiode really close to a laser source and what should be the appropriate distance between a light source and photodiode to get maximum output current?
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Why Light and Observers have different laws of physics [on hold]

Special relativity states: The speed of light in a vacuum is always $c$, regardless of the velocity of the observer. The laws of physics are the same for all observers in uniform motion. These two ...
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Strength of strong nuclear force vs distance?

Is there at least an approximation of the decrease in strong nuclear attraction vs distance from the center of the nucleus?

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