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Mercury mirror telescopes: is it possible to eliminate the rotation of Earth effect?

The largest Mercury mirror telescope is the Large Zenith Telescope in Vancouver, Canada. When spinning the Mercury is spread out in a layer that is about 2 milimeter thick at every point on the dish. ...
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Conductive glue

I would like to use some conductive glue to contact a silicon chip's back gate. Any suggestions on what to use? Can I use thermal silver paste? I would be operating at cryogenic temperatures below 4K. ...
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Two spinor tensors and Maxwell's equations

Let's have two symmetric (by the indices) spinor tensors $F_{ab}, F_{\dot {a}\dot {b}}$ and conditions $$ F_{ab}, \partial^{\dot {a} a}F_{ab} = 0, \quad F_{\dot {a}\dot {b}}, \partial^{\dot ...
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Field action of linearized gravity associated with spin-2 particle in Thorne book

In MTW book there is one exercise in which there was proposed to discuss linearized tensor gravity, which is represented as $$ g_{\mu \nu} = \eta_{\mu \nu} + h_{\mu \nu}, \quad \eta_{\mu \nu} = ...
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Physics for Civil Engineering (Earthquakes, Materials Science for structures) or Fluid Mechanics? [closed]

I am currently a first year Ph.D. student in Applied Math. As an undergrad, I did not have the opportunity to take a calculus based physics course and the one I took was a general physics course where ...
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Example of the time-independent Schrödinger equation having a complex solution?

We know $\Psi(x,t)$ is complex, but can $\Psi(x)$ be complex? I have seen particle in a box, well and harmonic oscillator. All have real solutions for time-independent Schrödinger equation. Hence, I ...
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Advice on beginning self learning physics from scratch [duplicate]

I am pursuing masters degree in computer applications. I have no formal Mathematics and Physics background but for masters degree entrance examination I have studied senior high school level ...
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Supersymmetric generalisation of the bosonic $\sigma$ model in QM

I am reading some lecture notes which demonstrate how various models in SUSY QM can be used to obtain topological invariants such as the Euler characteristic from the Witten Index. The following ...
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Why does centre of mass of ice-container system shift in absence of any net external force?

Consider a cube of ice in a flat based container(the base is very broad).The temperature of the system is at first fixed at a minus Celsius temperature, but then the system is left on a table with the ...
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Diffraction by a lens

The fraunhoffer treatment of circular apertures yields a diffraction pattern of circles, with the first minimum (dark ring) at an angular radius of $\theta$ where $\sin(\theta)=1.22\lambda/b$, where ...
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What if Correspondence principle in QM happening in classical sense? [closed]

I assume a simple set up (hope to generalize it later)... suppose there is a position pdf (need not be position but any) (probability density function) which is the magnitude of a $\Psi(x)$ predicted ...
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How exactly does WiTricity's wireless power transfer using resonance work?

The WiTricity group has made a lot of buzz but no internet article explains the exact method that they are using. Does any one know how it works?
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Does space expand locally without restriction in freefall to central region of black hole?

It is often stated that a distant observer will observe a freefalling object as experiencing an infinite journey to the event horizon, but that a traveler in the local frame will experience a ...
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S-Matrix in $\mathcal{N}=4$ Super-Yang Mills

This is a general question, but what is meant when people refer to the S-Matrix of $\mathcal{N}=4$ Super Yang Mills? The way I understood it is the S-Matrix is only well defined for theories with a ...
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Motion in a Paul trap: $2n$th harmonic with larger amplitude than $n$th harmonic

Using a Paul trap, we captured the motion of a light charged particle (based on a rotating potential applied by AC current). Our rotational frequency was 50 Hz, and so when used FFT on the data, we ...
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relation between Schrodinger equation and wave equation [duplicate]

I have always been confused by the relationship between the Schrödinger equation and the wave equation. $$ i\hbar \frac{\partial \psi}{\partial t} = - \frac{\hbar^2}{2m} \nabla^2+ U \psi ...
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Using water to amplify sound

It seems that water generally dampens sound waves. Is there any way one could attach a speaker to a body of water in such a way that the water would actually amplify some frequencies (for nearby ...
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Motion of charge in magnetic field with drag force [closed]

Say you have a charged particle in a region that contains a fluid that will produce a drag force that goes as $F=-kv$ where $v$ is the speed and $k$ is some constant. The region also contains a ...
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Rigorous definition of frame of reference

I'm looking for a mathematical definition of frame of reference. Most of the textbooks I have seen take it for granted and they just refer to some set of spacetime coordinates. A more mathematical ...
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Do two magnets stacked on top of each other repel/attract stronger than just one magnet?

In designing a switch, I made it such that it "springs" back via two neodymium magnets (one in button repelling one in switch). I've found the magnets are too weak and don't spring back. I've resorted ...
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Is that true that neutron activity on Earth in 2013 is unusual?

I have just read curious statement on this website: http://www.trinitas.ru/rus/doc/0016/001d/00162241.htm (unfortunately this is in Russian, but I will try to translate) "В заключение можно отметить, ...
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Virial theorem and variational method: a question

I have an hydrogenic atom, knowing that its ground-state wavefunction has the standard form $$ \psi = A e^{-\beta r} $$ with $A = \frac{\beta^3}{\pi}$, I have to find the best value for $\beta$ ...
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Festive physics: gold flake vodka

I have a bottle of vodka that has a load of gold flakes suspended in it. It has been sat still for over 24 hours and the flakes are all still suspended within the liquid: they have not risen to the ...
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Why is a coherent state an eigenfunction to the annihilation operator? [duplicate]

In class when we talked about the harmonic oscillator in QM we noticed that the eigenfunctions to the annihilation operator are coherent states in the sense that they have minimum uncertainty in ...
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What does 99.9% speed of light mean when there is no absolute velocity?

So when people say: 'I am approaching the speed of light, and to get to 100% light I would need infinite energy' they are essentially saying that this situation is impossible? I read this in ...
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Temperature of thermally isolated space region

If we thermally isolate a region in space, say using a hypothetical material of $0$ conductivity, and measure the region's temperature, will it be 2.7K?
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Microscopic explanation of optical activity

The origin of linear birefringence in crystal can be easily explained by the symmetry of the crystal. However, it seems it is hard to be applied in circular birefringence (i.e. optical activity), ...
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Hamiltonian conservation

Lagrangian formalism does not involve forces that doesn't come from a potential and Hamiltonian formalism says that even though energy is not conserved due to a force like this, the Hamiltonian is ...
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Length of a dimension?

I am really confused about what is the minimum length for a dimension to exist (I don't know the exact word). Like I mean, we call the paper to be a 2 dimensional object but if we magnify its edges, ...
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Metric expansion of space - past, present and future

Scientists say that out universe is expanding faster and faster. This was detected via the red-shift effect. Farther galaxies are moving from us faster than those that are more closely. But how can ...
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Particle in a 1-D box and the correspondence principle

Consider the particle in a 1-d box, we know very well the solutions of it. I'd like to see how the correspondence principle will work out in this case, if we consider position probability density ...
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Probability of having energy $E$ when $E$ is bounded

For a canonical ensemble the probability of a system to have energy $E$ is $P(E)=e^{-\beta E}$. For that we consider the that the system can have any energy between $0$ to $\infty$. What will be the ...
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Area moment of inertia of regular $n$-gons over polygon center $O$

Is it possible to consider the regular polygons ($n$-gons) as deformed circles and use a pseudo-polar coordinate system to calculate their moment of inertia over its center $O$. Inasmuch as I know (I ...
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Is it possible to use the parabolic shape of a rotating fluid to measure the angular frequency of the rotation of the Earth?

A fluid in a rotating bucket will take on a parabolic shape (for example of some simple derivations of this result see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bucket_argument). The assumptions that play into the ...
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How does blood/saliva boil in outer space?

Why would the blood boil? Is it because of the temperature or pressure? Because I really can't figure it out. I thought space didn't have a temperature above freezing unless close to a star or the ...
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Why is the orbital resonance of the Galilean moons stable?

It is well known that the orbits of Ganymede, Europa and Io are in a 4:2:1 resonance. Most online sources (including but not limited to Wikipedia) say that such an orbital resonance, along with the ...
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Wave function for an electron in and around a small charged sphere

I am interested in solutions of the Schroedinger equation. For simplicity I started my studies with the $n=1$ ground state of the hydrogen atom. I was particularly interested in the higher moments of ...
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Applying more current? [closed]

An electric motor draws 20 Amps, when at maximum load of x. Can that value of current be applied even if the load was ten times less than x from a certain power source?
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Relation between Gauss' law and Coulomb's law

In Coulomb's law if the relation was as if electric field intensity was to vary inversely $1/r$ with distance rather than the inverse $1/r^2$ of square of distance, would the Gauss's law still be ...
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What is Einstein regarding as the problem of physical relativity in his lecture of 1923?

The following is the extract from Albert Einstein's lecture to the Nordic Assembly of Naturalists (July 11, 1923). If we consider that part of the theory of relativity which may nowadays in a ...
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What is the difference between $Q=\Delta U+W$ and $\Delta U=Q+W$?

Is $Q=\Delta U+W$ for when the the work is done from the system while $\Delta U=Q+W$ is for when the work is done by the system? Will anybody explain this to me, please? When do we use $Q=\Delta ...
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In a non auto-ranging digital multimeter, what do the increasing numbers in the Ohm section represent?

For my science fair project I am measuring the resistance of nichrome wires under different conditions. I am using an Innova 3300 digital multimeter to measure the resistance. Other websites have told ...
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Precision of spectroscopy for astronomy

How precise can the measurements be when looking at spectral lines in astrophysics? For example, suppose I have a telescope in orbit, and I am looking at $H_\alpha$ lines coming from a star at 613 ...
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The strange thing about the maximum in Planck's law

I read that it makes a difference whether you calculate $\frac{d \omega}{d \lambda}=0$ or $\frac{d \omega}{d \nu}=0$ in the sense that the maximum energy densit with respect to the wavelength does not ...
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Is it expected that all stellar black holes will be spinning near the maximum allowed $\omega$-velocity?

Using a bit of classical reasoning I'm imagining black hole formation to be much like an ice skater pulling in her arms: Now, the size difference between a star and its black hole can't even be ...
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Angular Momentum of a rigid, extended object

Angular momentum of an object is a physical quantity that depends on the chosen point about which to calculate the angular momentum. It is often said that an object that has been thrown up in the air ...
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Ground states of Chiral Boson Theory with tunneling

I am reading this paper(pdf) and on page 11, the chiral boson theory on a cylinder is studied when both edges of the cylinder are brought in close proximity so that electron is allowed. Why is it ...
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Orbifold CFT of SU(2)/G and SO(3)/G

In this paper by Dijkgraaf, Vafa, Verlinde, Verlinde, orbifold CFT is discussed. In that paper, it outlined that orbifold CFT provides a way to generate the new theories from the old known ones. ...
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Is it possible for bubbles to exist in vacuum?

In the case of a bubble, the outside pressure is less then the inside pressure. If that is the case can bubbles exist in vacuum? I am not sure but this should be true if vacuum has zero pressure
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What is a supermultiplet?

In Quantum field theory by Lewis H. Ryder, a supermultiplet is mentioned with no explanation as to what one is.

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