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What is the general theory that describes the interactions between strings?

What is the general theory that describes the interactions between strings? I mean the basic object in the theory is (closed) string and they have interactions among them. The string theory, as I ...
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Interpretation of $\vec{x}$ in QFT

I am still at an early stage of studying Quantum Field Theory (I am reading QFT In A Nutshell by A. Zee). In the book I'm reading, it starts from a discrete lattice of material "lumps" labeled by $a$,...
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How to calculate Gibbs free energy of diamond?

How the effect of crystal structure on Gibbs free energy is calculated? For example, how the Gibbs free energy of diamond is 2.9 kJ/mol, while that of graphite is 0?
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How is taking the average of an integral over an interval justified?

I have been studying classical mechanics. Often when going through a worked problem, I see a step where there is an integral from 0 to 2$\pi$ of $\sin^{2} \theta \ d\theta$. Instead of using the ...
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Units of acceleration & Newton's 2nd Law

I tried to use Newton's second law, $F=ma$, to calculate the acceleration of an object. \begin{align}\frac{F}{m}&=\frac{ma}{m} \\ a&=\frac{F}{m}=\frac{30\,\rm N}{1.2\,\rm kg}=25\rm\frac{N}{kg}...
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If I squeeze something really hard, will it ever become two-dimensional?

A mosquito just wanted to bite me! Päng - and it stuck to my hand, hardly recognisable anymore. I said to my girlfriend: "Just reduced the dimension of the mosquito by one!" Therefore the question: ...
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Density matrix formalism and group representation

The postulates of quantum theory can be given in the density matrix formalism. States correspond to positive trace class operators with trace 1 on a Hilbert space $\mathcal{H}$. Composition is defined ...
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Does gravity affect magnetism, vice-versa, or do they “ignore” each other?

I am suddenly struck by the question of whether gravitation affects magnetism in some way. On the other hand, gravity is a weak force, but magnetism seems to be a strong force, so would magnetism ...
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Complex Quantum Wave [closed]

Can the complex nature of quantum wave arise from the fact that particle is represented as wave packet in spatial frequency and particle's total energy is represented as wave packet in time frequency? ...
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What will happen in principle if one tries to push a neutron star?

When we push an object it moves due to the mutual repulsion between the electrons in our hand and the electrons in that object. Since a neutron star contains only neutrons, what will happen in ...
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How does Dirac form this conjugate imaginary equation?

On page 30 of Dirac's book $$\xi|P\rangle = a|P\rangle\tag{12}$$ He then says Suppose we have a solution of (12) and we form the conjugate imaginary equation, which will read $$\langle P|\...
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Packing fraction of atoms in a HCP structure

I am looking to find the ratio of atomic sphere to unit cell volume in a HCP (hexagonal close packing) arrangement. Some sources I have say it is 0.74 My unit cell structure is that shown below. I ...
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What is relationship between Quantum tunnelling and Gravitational potential energy of stars?

Are there a direct mathematical relationship between Quantum tunnelling and Gravitational potential energy of stars? The true source of the Sun's energy was shown by Hans Bethe to be nuclear fusion (...
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How can you accurately determine your own mass?

I'm trying to figure out whether it is possible for an individual to accurately determine his/her own mass, to within 100g, using equipment that is readily accessible or can be purchased at a ...
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How close can you get to lava before burning?

As the title asks: How close can you get to lava before burning? I know that it depends on an number of factors; speed of lava flow, wind direction/strength, type(?) of lava flow (related to speed, ...
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Transition amplitudes by functional methods in QFT

I am following section 9.2 in Peskin and Schroeder in which the Feynman rules are derived for scalar fields. They define (in eqn (9.14), page 282) the transition amplitude from $\vert\phi_a\rangle$ ...
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Asymmetric heat conduction?

So I have this side-view drawing. Now I wonder, will such a multi-layer material have asymmetric heat conduction properties? Namely, because of radiative conduction, reflective aluminum surface ...
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Definition of entropy in thermodynamics

In most textbooks, the definition of entropy in reversible processes on a system $S$ is given simply as $$d S=\delta Q/T.$$ It seems to me this definition is insufficient since it does not specify ...
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The strength and control over the strength of electromagnets, correlation between the strength and weight of the magnets

I am currently working on a project that aims to use the attraction & repulsion between two electromagnets as an alternative to weights, from a physiotherapy and rehabilitation perspective to help ...
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Calculating change in gravitational potential energy [closed]

A satellite mass $500\ kg$ is elevated from altitude $10000\ km$ to altitude $20000\ km$. Radius of earth is $6378\ km$. Mass of earth is $5.97 \cdot 10^{24}\ kg$. Gravity is given to be $9.81\ m/s $ ...
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Estimate the maximum distance of water spatter

There is a faucet dripping water from height $H$ onto a smooth, horizontal ceramic surface, and I need to give a upper bound of the maximum distance between the water spatter and the point directly ...
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Why don't clocks on a train read the same time?

Two clocks are positioned at the ends of a train of length $L$ (as measured in its own frame). They are synchronized in the train frame. The train travels past you at speed $v$. It turns out that ...
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How to model mechanical systems that change configuration over time?

If I have some simple mechanical system, say - a mass attached to one end of a spring fixed at the other end, I can write differential equations describing such systems which can also be handled ...
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Why is the shape of lightning or an electric spark a zig-zag line?

Why is the shape of the lightning (or an electric spark) always of a zig-zag nature? Why is it never just a straight line? Image source.
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Can this simple spectrometer be precise without collimation?

Consider the following spectrometer structure: Here the slit can be changed in size, and the lens and detector can be moved closer to or farther from the diffraction grating. I was trying to get ...
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Why are the eigenvalues of a linearized RG transformation real?

The RG transformation $R_\ell$ maps a set of coupling constants $[K]$ of a model Hamiltonian to a new set of coupling constants $[K']=R_\ell[K]$ of a coarse-grained model where the length scale is ...
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Loads in decelerating a falling object

I remove trees in confined spaces setting up rigging systems, I am keen to look at the science behind it in more depth so far the formulas that I have found don't take into effect the ongoing effect ...
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Is stethoscope sound mono- or stereosound?

I am curious if the sound is monotonic. There are two things on my ears however. Is stethoscope sound mono- or stereosound?
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Equation of motion for system of springs

I need to find the equations of motion for the following system. If $x_1$ is $m_1$'s extension and $x_2$ is $m_2$'s, then, I feel like for $m_1$ we just need to consider $x_1$ giving $$m_1 a_1 = ...
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Why can't muons be the carriers of the strong interaction?

The strong forces operate up to range of $10^{-15}$ meters. The calculations for Muon reveal that they can be propagator for distances up to $10^{-14}$ meters. Why can't I ignore the factor of 10 and ...
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Symmetry factor and coupling constant in scalar field theory

I am just now starting my particles "education" so forgive me if this is elementary... Looking at interaction terms in a scalar field Lagrangian, I get: $$ \mathcal{L}=\frac{1}{2}\left(\partial\...
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Relationship between plasma physics and quark gluon plasma

To what extent do the ideas common in modern plasma physics, such as magnetohydrodynamics, cold plasma models, common types of plasma waves, Maxwell's Equations, etc, relate to the study of quark ...
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Textbooks on algorithms for the perturbative calculation of High energy physics

For the perturbative calculation of High energy physics, I have known some packages such as FeynArts, FeynCalc, MadGraph, CompHEP, GiNaC, and so on. But I am wondering whether there exists a textbook ...
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Forces on objects orbiting a black hole?

Firstly, please excuse my elementary knowledge and lack of eloquence when writing about astrophysics. I am a dentist, who occasionally thinks about the how the universe works. I'm both fascinated and ...
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Why is the current in an electric circuit constant?

Considering electrostatics, suppose we have two charges of equal value and opposite sign and we put electrons along the road between them: We know that the electrical force or field is different from ...
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Observing a particle over a certain domain

I was just thinking: in Quantum Mechanics, we start out with that whole collapsing business by observing the x position of a particle. I was thinking: why do we have to do that? What if we only ...
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Energy loss in the photoelectric effect

If a photon hits an electron with an energy that is less than the energy required to change the energy level of an electron, what happens to the energy of the photon (is it not absorbed and just pass ...
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Why the self-information is -log(p(m))?

Why is self-information given by $-\log(p(m))$? Shannon derived a measure of information content called the self-information or "surprisal" of a message $m$: $$I(m) = \log \left( \frac{1}{p(...
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Giant Wind Chimes

I am building large wind chimes out of ALUMINUM TUBES with a D2 at 73.41 hertz as the lowest and two other higher frequencies of A2 at 110 hertz and E3 at 164.8 hertz. I know how to find each length ...
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Can two electrons get ever so close as to touch each other?

My friend and I were studying for our EM test when we started to think about what happens to the electric field near an infinite line of charge. $$E = \frac{\lambda}{2\pi\rho\epsilon_{0}}$$ As you ...
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Why static electricity only concentrates and flows on the surface?

Anything insides Faraday Cage or Faraday Suit is protected from Electric Field outside. I don't understand what restricts the flow of free electrons to surface on the cage only? How does that happen? ...
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Is there a way to tell what centile of the overall sample a star's mass is in?

One hears that hyper-giant stars like Eta-carinae represent the upper bound on stellar mass at about 130 solar masses. At the lower end there are red dwarfs with as little as 0.075 solar mass. You ...
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Degeneracy in one dimension

I'm reading this wikipedia article and I'm trying to understand the proof under "Degeneracy in One Dimension". Here's what it says: Considering a one-dimensional quantum system in a potential $V(...
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Simple modelling of seasonal variation of temperature?

I'm really curious about this: What is the simplest (or most simplified) differential equation that accounts for the variations of temperature throughout the year at some point on the northern ...
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Hydrogen Spectra [closed]

I am talking about hydrogen spectral lines such as Lyman, Balmer etc. In order to make those spectral lines series more than one electron are needed to jump from higher orbits to lower orbit. But ...
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Handedness of Reference Frames?

I am developing a new derivation of the Lorentz transformation which I think and hope is more attractive to students than those I have seen in currently available texts. I am carefully defining and ...
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How do photons “decide”?

I was reading that when horizontally polarized light hits a vertical Polaroid all the light is blocked out. But when the Polaroid is off the vertical, some but not all photons "decide" to jump into ...
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How to carry out the perturbation expansion of an anharmonic oscillator to high orders?

I think this is a standard problem in quantum mechanics. Consider the anharmonic oscillator $E \psi = \left(- \frac{1}{2} \frac{\partial^2}{\partial^2 x } + \frac{1}{2}x^2 + \epsilon x^4 \right) \...
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Non-discoveries by the Kepler space telescope: exomoons, co-orbital planets, trojans

I am just reading the review article Advances in exoplanet science from Kepler (arxiv preprint: http://arxiv.org/abs/1409.1595), and I found a remarkable paragraph (last paragraph in section "...
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Two boxes connected by a rope

Two boxes, $A$ and $B$, are connected to each end of a light vertical rope. A constant force of $70.0N$ is applied to box $A$. Starting from rest, box $B$ descends $11.6m$ in $4.40s$ The tension force ...

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