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How fast does space/time travel?

It is said that before the big bang there was no before, as space/time was created in the big bang. The big bang creates a rapid expansion of space/time... so how fast is rapid?
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Gauss' law in differential form and electric fields

I know Gauss' divergence theorem, according to which $$\iiint_D\nabla\cdot\boldsymbol{F}\text{d}x\text{d}y\text{d}z=\iint_{\partial D}\boldsymbol{F}\cdot\boldsymbol{N}_e\text{d}\sigma$$ where $D$ is a ...
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What is the equation of motion for multiple simultaneous pressure waves in a medium? (In the context of stimulated Brillouin scattering)

My overall motivation is to derive the behavior of Brillouin scattering in a birefringent fiber. Brillouin scattering is a nonlinear interaction between light and sound. In classic Brillouin ...
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Negative amount of particles in a grand canonical ensemble

Knowing that, in the $\mu$-canonical (or micro-canonical) and canonical ensembles, the number of particles is held constant and usually reflects the actual number of particles, in which case $N_{MC} ...
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Inuitive analogy for localization?

I'm looking for a plain English analogy for electron/wave localization. And in particular weak localization and Anderson/strong localization. Is it possible to describe these phenomena in simple terms ...
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See the opposite wall on a mirror [closed]

I'm in tenth standard. This is a higher-order-thinking-skills Q I found in a book. One is supposed to use laws of reflection ($\angle i = \angle r$). You can also use mathematical concepts like ...
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Bogoliubov de Gennes Hamiltonian, Expansion of electron operator

Suppose we are given a particle-hole symmetric Hamiltonian H. This type of Hamiltonian is usually diagonalized by a Bogoliubov transformation. In this context in the literature the local electron ...
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Boundary conditions in holomorphic path integral

Consider the holomorphic representation of the path integral (for a single degree of freedom): $$ U(a^{*}, a, t'', t') = \int e^{\alpha^{*}(t'') \alpha(t'')} \exp\left\{\intop_{t'}^{t''} dt \left( ...
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Does increasing pressure, increase gravity?

This question might be a little misguided, given that I have never studied GR or quantum field theory, but... As I understand it, dark energy is caused by negative pressure in the gravity field. ...
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the relation between frequancy and energy of EM waves

In quantum theory, $$E=\hbar w$$ In classical theory, we have the Poynting vector: $$\vec{S_\space}=\frac{1}{\mu_0}\vec{E_0}\times\vec{B_0}{\cos}^2(kr-wt)$$ given S is energy flux density (the ...
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Velocity of photon when changing direction [duplicate]

We know the speed of a photon is constant. Yet when any other object changes direction, its velocity must go to zero. Thus, my question is how does a photon avoid this? I assume that to change ...
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Scattering, Perturbation and asymptotic states in LSZ reduction formula

I was following Schwarz's book on quantum field theory. There he defines the asymptotic momentum eigenstates $|i\rangle\equiv |k_1 k_2\rangle$ and $|f\rangle\equiv |k_3 k_4\rangle$ in the S-matrix ...
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Capacitors, Formula for Energy [closed]

I had a quick question; As you know there are three formulas for calculating the Potential Energy of a Capacitor U=Potential Energy $Q$=Charge $C$=Capacitance $V$=Voltage/Potential Difference 1) ...
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How to calculate force / torque on non-flat lever, i.e. dolly

See attached image. The mass is being rotated on a lever where the pivot point (P) is a certain distance ($L_2$) from the right angle at the bottom. How do I calculate the force necessary to apply ...
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Derivation of non-local conserved charges

Consider a 2D sigma model with a symmetry group $G$ and whose generators obey $[T_A, T_B] = f^C_{AB} T_C$ and whose conserved currents are Lie algebra-valued, i.e. $j_{\mu} = j_{\mu}^A T_A$ and ...
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Gravitational Lensing by Sagittarius A in the center of the Milky Way

It was suggested that there is a black hole in the center of the Milky Way, called Sagittarius A. The whole region is heavily obscured by dust, although some very long wavelengths can break through. ...
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When can a Hilbert space with a given Hamiltonian be decomposed into non-interacting tensor product factors?

Let's say I have a Hilbert space $\mathcal{H}$ (either finite-dimensional or with a countably infinite basis) with a specified Hamiltonian $\hat{H}$, representing some quantum system. Under what ...
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Gauss Law - Infinite line charge

I came across a sentence which made no sense to me as I was studying the electric field of an infinite line charge: The flux through the FLAT ENDS of our cylindrical Gaussian surface is zero ...
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Yang and Mills' (and others') justification for local gauge invariance

In most physics textbooks, local gauge invariance is simply postulated---you start with a global symmetry, e.g. the global phase, then allow it to depend on the spacetime point, make the necessary ...
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QFT: What does “finiteness” mean?

As above: what is the definition of a QFT to be "finite"? That all UV corrections are finite and there are no divergences at all? That there are divergences, but these divergences can be absorbed ...
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Synthesis of Fe-based superconductors

Polycrystal cuprate superconductors are generally prepared by solid state reactions: Starting reagents are in powder form, they are mixed to each other and placed into furnace on high temperature ...
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What does it mean to “bin” in a spectroscopy context

In the following online article http://www.star.le.ac.uk/~sav2/stats/a.html I see the word "bin" used, in relation to x-ray spectroscopy, both as a verb and as a noun (people both "bin" things and ...
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What laws of physics apply when a flow of air is divided?

The question is rather simple, but I'm not sure if there is a simple answer to it. Let`s say I've got a flow of air (5 bar, 25 l/min) running through a 6mm hose. Then this flow hits a branch dividing ...
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Are there any well-known large body objects moving at a significant fraction of the speed of light relative to earth?

Introduction I've been reading a book called PsychoPhysics, part of the "Illuminati God Series" by Mike Hockney (a pseudonym). Without getting into too much detail, they basically believe that the ...
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How to prove $\mathrm{Tr}\left[|\alpha\rangle\langle\alpha|\hat{A}\right]=\langle\alpha|\hat{A}|\alpha\rangle$

For a coherent state $|\alpha\rangle=e^{-\frac{|\alpha|^2}{2}}\sum\frac{\alpha^n}{\sqrt{n!}}|n\rangle$, please show me how to prove, $$ ...
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Why does the stiffness of organic polymers (plastic) change so much with small changes in temperature?

This is on the borderline between Physics and Chemistry, but I would like a Physics perspective. I am guessing that plastics are a glass-like phase, rather than a true solid.
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How energy of a photon or EM wave has something to do with frequency?

While I was thinking what exactly meant by energy in quantum mechanics, I was quite shocked by the fact that it is proportional to frequency. $$E=hf$$ Given the fundamental definition of energy in ...
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Why is metal stiffer at lower temperatures?

Each morning I cycle to school and lock my bike with a thick steel wire (about 8 mm thick). I noticed that it's much harder to change the shape of the wire in the morning when it's much colder than ...
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Angular velocity of a fluid element

If we have a fluid element that is subjected to: Translation Rotation Extensional strain (dilatation) Shear strain As in this picture starting from time $t$ it can be shown that angles ...
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Is there a formulation for (self-)accelerating fluid flow through permeable medium?

I have a permeable system where is an accelerating fluid flow. Imagine a sponge that is squeezed. The fluid starts at rest, accelerates and flows out from the sponge. How to calculate the fluid speed? ...
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Numerical Calculation of the Second Harmonic Generation in the Nonlinear Media

Recently I am working on the Numerical Calculation of the Second Harmonic Generation in the Nonlinear Media. I refer to the Book ...
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Sign of torque when rolling an object down an incline

Suppose you have an object rolling down the incline at 30 degrees. Given the point of contact is instantaneously at rest, I decided to analyse torques at that point. Therefore, the only force ...
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When to use a whole vector approach vs an energy approach?

My professor has just introduced two new ways to solve projectile motions. One approach involve using trigonometry and vectors and the other involves using the idea of conservation of energy. My ...
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Filament lamp $(V,i)$ behavior between 0 and 1V

I was wondering why the behavior is more "chaotic" at 0~1V when compared to 2V+ (which is when it starts to glow).
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Approximation for rotational drag on a box?

The drag equation gives us an approximation for the drag on an object caused by its velocity in a fluid: $F = \frac{1}{2} \rho A v^2 C_d$ Is there any similar approximation for the rotational drag ...
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Configuration manifold of a rigid body

As I know, a rigid body is a set of $N$ particles in three-dimensional space subject to the following constraint: if $b_1,\dots,b_N\in \mathbb{R}^3$ are the initial positions of the particles and if ...
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Stored Energy in My Badge Reel Finds Equilibrium With Centrifugal Force?

Probably a most horrible question title, please respond with suggestions for a better one. In the example of my badge reel, I grab hold of my badge itself and pull on the reel until the string is ...
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How do shock waves form in space?

Today my aerodynamics professor mentioned that the equations we were learning for atmospheric shock waves can also be applied by astrophysicists to study black hole-related shock waves in space. How ...
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How much time would have to pass for a blackbody object at 0.1 K to emit a single infrared photon? [closed]

My understanding is that blackbody radiation occurs on a curve that depends on the temperature of the object - as the temperature increases, the area under the curve increases, and the peak of the ...
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Equal and opposite reaction at light speed

My knowledge of physics is very limited. And this question is only really to help me put to rest a question i have had for some time. I would like the answer to be a simple one as i am not really in ...
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Is it possible to mix a drink with a non-standard phase of ice?

Would it be possible to safely cool and drink a glass of water with anything else than the Ih form of ice? Here and here you can see that some alternative forms of ice have a higher density than ...
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State of academic fields of analytic mechanics and Multi Body Dynamics (MBD)

My question essentially contains two parts: one practical question and one philosophical question. Background I am an engineering student working in the field of Multi Body Dynamics (MBD). My ...
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Why do voltmeters and ammeters have high and low resistance respectively?

I understand why voltmeters are connected in parallel and ammeters are connected in series, but why is it that to measure voltage, you must have high resistance, and to measure current, you must have ...
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Funnel theory exists?

I have a funnel and I notice when I try to pour powdered sugar through it, it blocks up unless I tap it. If I put sand in the funnel, it goes through. Is there a theory of funnels that can predict ...
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Correspondence between variational method and Feynman diagrams

There are two ways to look at the Hartree or Hartree-Fock equations. One method relies on the variational method for a particular type of the probe function and the second one originates from ...
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cm^-1 and ns^-1 relationship

In my last Phys.SE question Emilio Pisanty mentioned this relationship $1 cm^{-1} = 10^n c^{-1} ns^{-1}$. I was wondering where this relationship came from. Does anybody know? Second of all, I am not ...
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Rabi problem for a spin-1 particle

I'm trying to solve, analitically, the transition probability of a spin-1 particle in a magnetic field $$ \vec{B}=B_0\hat{k}+b(\cos{\omega t}\hat{i}+sin{\omega t}\hat{j}). $$ In particular I want to ...
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Perturbative series for bosons

I have recently read that ... the perturbation series ... is valid only when the perturbed state is qualitatively similar to (or ‘has the same symmetry as’) the unperturbed state. This means ...
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semiconductors extrinsic and intrinsic carriers concentrations equations

I get why $n \cdot p = n_i^2$ in intrinsic semiconductors, but why is that equation also true in the case of extrinsic semiconductor? Here, $n$ is the charge density of the negatively charged ...
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Is there a dynamic prelude to the state equation?

If I'm not mistaken, the state equation $$PV=nRT$$ also known as the 'ideal gas law' serves as a mathematical model relating pressure-volume-mass-temperature states of an assumed ideal gas. In other ...

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