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Semi-conductors

Suppose there is a semiconductor with Fermi energy $E_f$ and that there are $N$ bound electron states. I'd like to know why the mean number of excited electrons takes the form $$\bar n={N\over ...
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Are there 2 kinds of photons, one that mediate the electromagnetic interaction and the other the quanta of light?

It is usually said that photons are the force carriers or the mediators of the electromagnetic forces between electric charges. At the same time we know also that electromagnetic waves on the quantum ...
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Why is AC more “dangerous” than DC?

After going through several forums, I became more confused whether it is DC or AC that is more dangerous. In my text book, it is written that the peak value of AC is greater than that of DC, which is ...
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Studying Feynman articles nowadays

I'm curious to know if it's useful to study Feynman article "Quantum Mechanical Computer" nowadays. I'm a computer scientist, and i don't know any of the literature in quantum computers. Since long ...
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Clarification regarding Special Relativity

Empty the universe of all matter. Place the Earth in that universe sitting in an inertial frame. Take a pair of twins. One twin gets into a space ship and takes off from Earth (t=a). He ...
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Derivation of $ E=h\nu$

Is it possible to derive the relation $ E=h\nu$ from Schrodinger equation or the basic principles of quantum mechanics or is it something which is considered to be an axiom with no explanation?
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Does quantum computing rely on particular interpretations of quantum mechanics?

It is my understanding that quantum computing relies on quantum superposition and entanglement to work--qbits must exist in all states simultaneously before giving a particular result when observed. ...
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Photon on null geodesic

If given an FRW metric $ds^2 = -dt^2 + a^2(t)[dx^2+dy^2+dz^2]$ and for the trajectory followed by a photon (null geodesic; $ds^2=0$) with affine parameter $\lambda$, know that ...
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Have general relativistic effects of the sun's rotation been measured?

I was wondering if general relativistic effects of the sun's rotation have also been measured, like gravity probes A and B measured GR effects from the earth.
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Why on-shell vs. off-shell matters?

The definitions between on- and off-shell are given in Wikipedia. Why is it so important in QFT to distinguish these two notions ?
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How photons represent colors that you see?

Right now, my understanding is that, a mixture of photons of many different frequencies is perceived as white by your eye. While no photons at all, is perceived as black. And photons with the blue ...
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What mechanisms allow conductors to be transparent?

An electric field in a conductor causes charges to redistribute so as to cancel out the original field, bringing the field to zero. This is, I think, a common argument for why conductors are generally ...
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Eddy current losses in electric steel by harmonics of a magnetic field

I am working on an model of a permanent magnet synchronous machine. Right now I am stuck with calculating the eddy current losses caused by the harmonics of the stator magnetic field in the electrical ...
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Is weak lensing the statistical effect of microlensing?

I am looking into the effects of gravitational lensing of gravitational waves. I know that gravitons travel along null geodesics, just as photons, and so they will suffer the same deflection angle by ...
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How to solve following equation (Yukawa field)?

By using Lagrangian for Yukawa interaction, $$ L = -\frac{1}{c}A_{\alpha}j^{\alpha} + \frac{1}{8 \pi c}(\partial_{\alpha}A_{\beta})(\partial^{\alpha}A^{\beta}) + ...
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Human as a heat engine

humans are heat engines. heat engines can't operate when the source and the sink are at the same temperatures and also if the temperature of the sink is higher than that of the source. in humans' ...
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Lorenz gauge fixing

Is it always possible to define function $\psi$ satisfying the Lorenz gauge equation $$ \partial_{\mu}\partial^{\mu} \psi + \partial_{\mu}A^{\mu} = 0? $$
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What's the acceleration of pendulum when velocity is zero

For a pendulum which has a light string to hang a bob, I know that when the bob swing to the leftmost or rightmost end, the velocity of the bob is zero and the acceleration should be maximized. But if ...
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What's the significance of large-scale anomalies in CMB

What's the significance of large-scale anomalies in CMB that are confirmed by Planck? I've read somewhere that the cold spots can provide support for string theory or it may be due to a parallel ...
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blood fluidics - can you determine the force exerted on a bound red blood cell under shear stress?

Is it possible to calculate the force exerted on a bound, infected red blood cell under various shear stresses? The strength of an adhesive interaction is normally measured by SPR or AFM, however ...
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Minimum $E$ of $p\bar{p}$-collision for $q\bar{q}$ pair with mass $m_q$

I am currently working out the energy required to create a particle anti-particle pair from a collision of a proton travelling along the x-direction with an anti-proton which is at rest. The particle ...
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How to charge a field?

In a previous post [ Noether theorem, gauge symmetry and conservation of charge ] we were discussing the different ways to demonstrate the current conservation: via the first Noether theorem applied ...
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Does String Theory explain spin?

The state of a particle will generally change if you rotate it. The details of how the state changes under an infinitesimal rotation are contained in the angular momentum operator J. This operator can ...
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Water excitation with sine waves

I saw that video when they connected a water hose to a speaker emitting 24 hz sine wave, and its illusion on the shape of the follow going out of the hose (because the video capture rate is fixed at ...
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doppler shift and escape velocity

Consider a radiation emitted by star at rest and reach then earth and the earth moves away .If we assume that the photon has a particle character . Since the star is at rest and and earth is revolving ...
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Spacetime around a Black Hole

If we consider the sun, then space-time is curve around it. My question is that what is the kind of curvature of space and time around the black hole. Is that space and time more curved around the ...
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Application of non maximally entangled state

In quantum information and quantum computation, we generally use Bell type states which are maximally entangled. I find that the set of entangled states as interesting objects from a mathematical ...
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Will molten iron stick to a magnet?

I've known for a long time that if you heat a magnet, there is a point it loses its magnetism (the Curie temperature). It isn't clear to me if this applies to induced magnetism like iron sticking to ...
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Calculating the path of a ball with spin moving across a table

A ping pong ball is rolling over a smooth (but not frictionless) table. During its travel, a clockwise spin is placed on the ball. The ball's path is changed to move to the right (in perspective from ...
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How do you tell what forces do no work?

The total mass of the children and the toboggan is 66 kg. The force the parent exerts is 58 N (18 degrees above the horizontal). What 3 forces/ components do no work on the toboggan? I said the ...
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Does the possibility of large scale entanglement mean 2-Body Problems are also unsolvable?

Experiments are showing that larger and larger objects can be entangled whereby proving that this quantum feature has no upper limit. Assuming this is true, does entangled celestial bodies mean even ...
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Magnetostatics of Current-Carrying wire

A question has been nagging at me about Faraday's Law as related to a wire with a constant current: If you have a circular loop of wire with some small resistivity, connected to a battery so that it ...
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1answer
109 views

Simulating an orbit, primary is not at focus

I've been toying around with some -very- simple orbital simulators, mostly using preexisting physics libraries (I took a layman's stab at doing it with vectors too). The thing that is confusing me is ...
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About the work done by gravity to pull the object down to the earth surface

The following question is from an physics exercise and I know the answer and the way to solve the problem but just curious why my own way doesn't work. The question is asking "A 2500kg space vehicle, ...
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Ask for help: the Reaction-Diffusion related problem

In container there are two kinds of molecules A and B which are distributed uniformly. Initially the quantities of A and B are $N_A$ and $N_B$ respectively A and B are distributed uniform, i.e., in ...
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Cosmological constant

I have always wondered about how cosmological constant is characterized. So since it is still a hypothesis you often read the “cosmological constant measured to be ….”. Shouldn't the statement read ...
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1answer
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Spin Liquid in a band insulator?

In the literature, spin liquids are only possible in Mott insulators, however, I'm not entirely sure why the nuclear spin can't create a spin liquid in a band insulator. Is this possible? If so, is ...
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Why is copper diamagnetic?

Cu has an unpaired electron in 4s, but it is diamagnetic. I thought that it has to be paramagnetic. What am I missing?
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Looking out into the universe means looking back in time - how does that work?

This is a question that has been gnawing on me for many years now. Back a long time ago, as I recall in reference to a scene in a popular science show on TV, I was asked the following. The claim is ...
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Lagrangian Coordinates in Fluid Flow

I apologize if this is not the right place to ask this question: I am currently reading a paper by Y. Brenier, where for the fluid flow he introduces a Lagrangian label $a$ instead of the vertical ...
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Maxwell demon : how can the demon move the door without doing any work ?

Here is something that I never understood about Maxwell's demon paradox : in order to contradict the second law of thermodynamics, the demon must open and close the door without doing any work... But ...
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Thermal conductivity affected by electrical current

Does anyone know of any materials whereby the thermal conductivity can be changed by passing an electrical current through the material?
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US time zones and Daylight saving time, energy efficient? [closed]

As a foreigner, United States has a very complex time system for me. Central Time Zone, North American Eastern Time Zone, ...
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What does it mean that a wavevector is null?

I have derived geometric optics for gravitational waves and I am trying to interpret one of the results. I have \begin{equation} k_{\rho}k^{\rho}=0 \end{equation} for the wavevector. For the case ...
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Is there a geometrical way to obtain a relationship between these vectors?

Suppose we have a setup like this. Here $a_1,a_2,b_1,b_2$ are acceleration magnitudes($b_1,b_2$ being relative) and $P,Q,R,S$ are not pulley/blocks but are points on the rope. If I use a geometrical ...
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Why a day is divided by 12/24 hours? Why the number 12?

Why a day is divided by 12/24 hours? Why the number 12? Why not using 10 or 6 or 14, 16? Who invented this? Any physical reasons behind this?
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About the theory of relativity

Why is speed of light constant in every non inertial frame of reference? Is there any theoretical explanation behind this postulate Since we cannot completely depend upon the experimental results?
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901 views

Temperature change inside pressure chamber

Let's say there is a pressure chamber with some sort of sample / specimen (e.g. protein crystal) in it. Now I apply a certain amount of gas pressure, e.g. 10 or 20 atm. Let's say I use xenon as a gas. ...
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What are the various physical mechanisms for energy transfer to the photon during blackbody emission?

By conservation of energy, the solid is left in a lower energy state following emission of a photon. Clearly absorption and emission balance at thermal equilibrium, however, thermodynamic equilibrium ...
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Deriving torque from Euler-Lagrange equation

How could you derive an equation for the torque on a rotating (but not translating) rigid body from the Euler-Lagrange equation? As far as I know from my first class in Classical Mechanics, there is ...

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