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Is it faster underwater to go down without air or up with air?

So I had a very interesting conversation between me and my friends about this topic, but we could not find the answer. The Situation Lets say you are in a pool and you want to touch the bottom and ...
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What does the speed of light have to do with mass and energy? [duplicate]

I've been thinking about Einstein recently, and I came back to the famous equation e=mc^2. Why does this work? It's saying the difference between mass and energy happens to be the speed of light ...
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Measuring parallaxes from the moon

If one were to measure star parallaxes from the moon, what (if any) changes would you have to make compared to someone making the calculation from earth? What about on another planet in our solar ...
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Unknown Function in the Tolman-Bondi-de Sitter Metric

I've been working with some dust solutions in General Relativity, practicing calculating the Riemann curvature tensor, and I came across an odd metric: the Tolman-Bondi-de Sitter metric. A quick ...
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What is the physics of tilt compensation of an electronic compass

This question concerns the physics behind the implementation of electronic compasses to find the orientation of a device. In the robotics community, 3-axis magnetometers are often used for this ...
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Proving the equivalency of the potential energy of a system of charges and the work required to assemble a system of charges

This is a very cool, and highly beneficial problem in my opinion. I feel as though truly understanding this proof would broaden anyone's conceptual understanding of electric potential. My textbook ...
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Are the cylindrical and spherical form of Jeans' equations equivalent?

The question kind of says it all, what I really want to know is are the differences in their forms only due to the co-ordinate transform? And as such should a suitable spherical system satisfy ...
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WHY is a Refracting telescope image distance $S'=-\infty$?

In the above slide, it says that "Eyepiece '2' makes the image distance $S'$ approach $-\infty$." However, What I don't understand is that if I place my eye right at the Eyepiece 2, then I would see ...
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Fluctuation interaction between two uncharged spheres

TL;DR: The problem is to determine force, acting between two uncharged conducting spheres, induced by correlated fluctuations of charge densities in these spheres. I've got stucked along the way and ...
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661 views

Where I can find information about how helium gas diffuses through different polymer materials

I need more experimental information about helium gas diffusion in solid materials such as different plastics, metals, ceramics etc. For example I am scientifically curious about what is the polymer ...
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Does fractional charge imply fractional statistics?

Does fractional charge imply fractional statistics (e.g. anyons)? If not, are there some relations between them?
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248 views

The n-point Green functions and Heisenberg picture

Let's have the S-matrix: $$ S_{\beta \alpha} = \langle \beta | \hat{S} | \alpha\rangle . $$ Here $|\alpha \rangle , | \beta \rangle$ are $t \to \mp \infty$ limit of the free states, $\hat {S} = ...
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Does Newton's law and Quantum mechanics also apply for the matter which is not dead?

The following quote is extracted from the book "The Field-The quest for the secret force": ...There was other, quite practical, unfinished business with quantum theory. Bohr and his colleagues ...
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Light has a wave particle duality, how do we know?

I've been told my whole life that light is either a wave or a particle. When it's traveling through space, it's a wave. When it hits a wall, or a photo-sensitive chemical strip or something similar, ...
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logarithm of ideal gas law

This question is about taking the logarithm of the ideal gas law. In a fluids text book the author writes: First recall a couple of ideal gas relationships involving potential temperature, ...
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Irreducible representation for the massless particle with helicity 2 and the Weyl tensor

As it can be shown, the equations for the irrep with zero mass and helicity 2, -2 respectively can be given in a form $$ \tag 1 \partial^{\dot {b}a}C_{abcd} = 0, \quad ...
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Why not just pump directly to the $3^\mathrm{rd}$ level directly in a $4$-level laser system?

In a 4-level laser system, the pumping is usually from level 1 (the ground state) to level 4 (the highest-energy state). Image source Why do such schemes not pump directly to the third level? Will ...
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How absorption coefficient determines which material is used to make solar cells?

Does the knowledge of the material absorption coefficients aids engineers in determining which material to use in their solar cell designs? If yes, how?
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369 views

Equation of motion for a double pendulum

firstly I am a Grade 12 Physics student currently doing my final experimental investigation which I decided to do on double pendulums. Before I got into this, I was under the impression that there was ...
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420 views

Can a relativistic quantum particle be completely confined into a finite hole?

If we write the Klein-Gordon equation in this form \begin{equation*} c^2 \hbar^2 \nabla^2 \Psi = \hbar^2 \ddot{\Psi} + 2i\hbar (U - mc^2) \dot{\Psi} + U (2mc^2 - U) \Psi \end{equation*} we have a ...
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How do crocodiles jump?

In a video (Here), I saw crocodiles jump vertically about three meters without using any solid surface. The wonderful thing is that when they start to jump, their vertical velocity is approximately ...
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If a ball spinning on a rod hits another ball, what is conserved linear or angular momentum?

Suppose a 1-kg ball A is fixed to a spoke 0.2 m long, which is attached to an axle so that the ball can rotate (v=10m/s, KE=50J, $\omega$=50 rps, L=2, p=0) Now, there is a second ball B (m=1kg), ...
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Bose Einstein condensation and macroscopic occupation

If have been thought, that Bose Einstein condensation occurs of the ground-state is occupied macroscopically, so $n_0\in \mathcal{O}(N)$ when performing the thermodynamic limit. So naively, this ...
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Why can't light penetrate solid objects?

Light is combination of perpendicular electric and magnetic fields, since electric fields penetrate a conductor, why can't light travel in them? I think my argument does sound stupid, but I can't ...
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1answer
247 views

Fermion Self-Interaction

I'm trying to think of a theory with a Fermion self-interaction, similar to the $\phi^4$ theory. The first difficulty is of course that such a theory would have a non-renormalizable mass dimension: ...
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What is the maximum theoretical limit on how much a HDD can store [duplicate]

I was wounding what was the maximum theoretical limit on how much a HDD(with 5 platters and a 3.5 inch size drive) can store because they have 6TB (not to be confuse with TiB) Because most people do. ...
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1answer
132 views

Conserved current for a constant translation of a free massless scalar field

In Zinn-Justin's Quantum Field Theory and Critical Phenomena they start with an action for a free massless scalar field: $$S(\varphi) = \frac{1}{2}\int ...
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137 views

Increase path length for a photon with two mirrors vs optical fiber

Is it possible to build two mirrors in vacuum such that a light pulse (single photon) gets refleted many times in order to increase the distance it travels? For example like that? Say I want the ...
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Does the the quantum field theoretic process of particle–antiparticle annihilation break the axioms of Special Relativity?

$\textbf{Note that this diagram hasn't anything to do with the question directly.}$ After a particle and its antiparticle annihilate, their energy is converted into a force carrier particle, such ...
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1answer
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The Great Atomic Clock of Kansas

It is said that astronauts on the ISS experience time slightly slower than the rest of us. (I believe that the lesser gravitational field would increase their rate of time, so that affect must be ...
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1answer
477 views

How to get rotational speed after disk-disk collision with friction?

Assume two circular disks A and B collide. They have both initial linear momentum and angular momentum. If their surface has no friction, their angular velocity does not change after collision, so I ...
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Why the initial spectrum of perturbation of inflation must be Gaussian?

Why the initial spectrum of perturbation of inflation must be Gaussian? I heared it was because of Central Limit theorem. But I don't know how use this theorem explicitly in this question to get this ...
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Calculate Potential Gravity Energy converted when star collapses [closed]

We want to calculate how much gravitational potential energy converts to heat, when the star has no nuclear fusion, the gravity will cause the star to shrink in nano seconds. Now assuming the Sun ...
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2answers
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What happens at the subatomic level when energy is added to an atom?

For the sake of simplicity I shall use the hydrogen atom. I know that adding energy to the hydrogen atom means bombarding it with photons. I am curious about what happens to the quarks and electron of ...
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1answer
572 views

Coupled Spring System (3 mass 3 springs)

Hello I am having trouble trying to find the correct model for this coupled spring system. The scenario is the following we have: Ceiling - Spring - Mass(1) - Spring(2) - Mass(2) - Spring (3) - ...
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Magnetic needles in elastic media

I am studying a system with magnetic needles in a elastic media. The (two-dimensional) system is composed of $N$ magnetic needles distributed in an elastic matrix with Young's modulus is $E$. The ...
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Why doesn't the number of space dimensions equal the number of time dimensions?

It seems as though symmetry is a driving force behind theoretical physics. With symmetry in mind, should we expect that the number of time dimensions should be the same as the number of spatial ...
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Interesting Hamiltonian System

The definition of a Hamiltonian system I am working with is a triple $(X,\omega, H)$ where $(X,\omega)$ is a symplectic manifold and $H\in C^\infty(X)$ is the Hamiltonian function. I am wondering if ...
2
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1answer
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What's the difference between correlation functions and S-matrix, and between in-in formalism (or “closed time path formalism”) and in-out formalism?

I was reading the "in-in" formalism (or "closed time path formalism" used in condensed matter physics) in cosmology created by Schwinger in 1961, and there is a saying: "they care about correlation ...
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1answer
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Infinite number of universes? Black holes are guilty? [closed]

I was thinking, if the space is infinite, what if there are infinite number of spaces, inside our universe? I mean, everyone knows that black holes exist, but nobody knows what happens when you get ...
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Showing that Coulomb and Lorenz Gauges are indeed valid Gauge Transformations?

I'm working my way through Griffith's Introduction to Electrodynamics. In Ch. 10, gauge transformations are introduced. The author shows that, given any magnetic potential $\textbf{A}_0$ and electric ...
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Can I calculate the current of any setup with capacitance by the same formulae?

There are known formulae relating a capacitor's voltage and current in its classic form (battery, wires, a capacitor circuit), but what if we had a charged plate (-ve), then we put on one of its ...
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1answer
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EMF due to self-inductance? [closed]

I'm trying to calculate the induced $-V$ in a DC circuit when current starts to flow, and reaches it's maximum value. The inductance of the conductor is 1000nH it carries large amounts of current ...
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1answer
146 views

Invariance under charge conjugation… Or not?

I have read some paper which says that the electroweak Lagrangian includes these terms like $\bar{\psi} \gamma_a\gamma_5\psi$ and $\bar{\psi} \gamma_a \psi$. They violate charge conjugation symmetry. ...
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196 views

How are electromagnetic waves differentiated?

I would like to know how the signals for remote controlled cars, radios, etc.. That use radio waves are told apart from each other. I know that the radio waves are modulated to encode data and the ...
2
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1answer
84 views

Spin dependent Andreev refelction

What happens with the spin in Andreev reflection process ? The simple Bogoliubov - De Gennes equation for hole and electron does not contain information about the spin. I know there are some ...
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1answer
186 views

Travelling at/over speed of light, I fire a laser in front of me. What happens to the light from the laser? [closed]

For a moment, assume that travel at/over the speed of light is possible, and we fire a laser in front of us, what happens to the light emitted from the laser? Would the photons scatter, or would the ...
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1answer
533 views

Wavelength and Frustum shaped resonant cavity

Given a right conical frustum resonator top radius r, bottom radius R and height h, what is the relationship of the wavelength w that we wish to create resonance with, to r, R, and h? Assume for now ...
2
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281 views

Chiral Anomaly in Massless QED

Classical massless QED has axial current conservation. When quantizing the theory, we expect that suddenly $\partial_\mu \hat{j}^{\mu5}\neq0$ (as an operator equality). I have two questions regarding ...
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A confusion about notation in Goldstein

On treating systems of particles, Goldstein starts with the consideration that whenever there are $k$ particles on a system, the $i$-th one obeys the relation $$\dfrac{d}{dt}{\bf p}_i = {\bf ...

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