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Relative Synchronicity

Einstein said that the synchronization of two clocks is dependant on the velocity of the observer. But I feel a conceptual contradiction can be made: There are two observers A and B. Observer 'A' ...
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Measuring a Rod in Motion with two Synchronized Clocks

An explanation of special relativity I'm struggling with, goes like this: A rod traveling by a "stationary" observer has its length measured by use of two stationary synchronized clocks (synchronized ...
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Showing that a given matrix provides the desired Lorentz transformation

I am working on problem 5.12 in Halzen and Martin’s Quarks and Leptons. We are asked to show that the matrix $$ S = 1 - \frac{i}{4} \sigma_{\mu \nu} \varepsilon^{\mu \nu} $$ represents the ...
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Converting Notes to Milliseconds

Given a note duration (whole, half, quarter, etc.), a tempo (in beats per minute), and a time signature, how long does that note last in milliseconds?
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Why the Principle of Least Action?

I'll be generous and say it might be reasonable to assume that nature would tend to minimize, or maybe even maximize, the integral over time of $T-V$. Okay, fine. You write down the action ...
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Motivation for Potentials

This is a hypothetical question about "pedagogy". Let's say I am trying to take someone who has just a very small amount of knowledge about Newtonian mechanics and convince them that the Lagrangian ...
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Analogue of Princeton Companion to Mathematics for Physics?

I would like to know if there are compendiums much like the Princeton Companion to Mathematics for physics (especially classical physics: fluid mechanics, elasticity theory, Hamiltonian formalism of ...
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Stellar evolution simulation engine or software

Is there any general purpose stellar evolution simulation engine or software? Something to throw in properties of the star and to watch how (and why) they change along the timeline - with or without ...
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What is “quantum locking”?

I've always assumed that "quantum locking" was a term invented by the writers of Dr Who, but this video suggests otherwise. What is quantum locking? Is it real?
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good and reasonably cheap way of connecting glass and metal in a vacuum setup [closed]

Sorry for this very technical question, but we suffer from this problem at work and I do not know any other place to ask. Its about a good and cheap way of connecting a glass tube with a metal tube ...
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Is there a theortical limit to the amount of sound-energy air can contain?

is there a theoretical limit to the amount of sound energy air can contain? In case, there is a limit, what is that limit?
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Confusion between Electric field and Magnetic field of a charged particle.

Consider a charged particle (electron or proton) at rest. It is surrounded by its own electric field. Now consider an electron moving with certain velocity (less than speed of light), Still is there ...
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Do we have control on what an electron transition emits: light or heat?

I don't know quantum mechanical model. So, I'm referring to just bohr's model of atom. Any atom emits energy when it makes transition from higher excited state to lower excited state. Now, some times ...
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why making a surface “super” smooth increases the coefficient of friction?

I read that: If you take a rough surface and make it smooth, the coefficient of friction decreases. But if you make it super smooth, then the coefficient of friction increases. How come?
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Realistic projectile motion

I am working on a project involving a simulation of the motion of a projectile (in 3D) aimed at a moving target. The way projectile motion is analyzed in most introductory physics books is not ...
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275 views

What is a black hole?

Is there a definition of a black hole in a generic spacetime? In some books, for example Wald's, black holes are defined for asymptotically flat spacetime with strong asymptotic predictability, ...
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Why are nuclear reactors dome/bell shaped?

Just what the title states. What is the reason that a Nuclear reactor has a characteristic dome/bell shape?
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Modern avatar of Englert's solution?

Bosonic solutions of eleven-dimensional supergravity were studied in the 1980s in the context of Kaluza-Klein supergravity. The topic received renewed attention in the mid-to-late 1990s as a result ...
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Generalized Complex Geometry and Theoretical Physics

I have been wondering about some of the different uses of Generalized Complex Geometry (GCG) in Physics. Without going into mathematical detail (see Gualtieri's thesis for reference), a Generalized ...
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1answer
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electron hole exchange

If exchange is an interaction between indistinguishable particles, how can there be an exchange interaction between electrons and holes? I see mention of e-h exchange often in the literature.
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Graduate School for Theoretical Physics

First off, let me just say that I am unsure if this question is appropriate for this site, and if the community deems it necessary, the question should be closed. So right now I am a fourth year ...
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1answer
539 views

Why does salt on snow create Ice?

I think I kind of understand this process but I would like someone to explain it more completely. For those who aren't aware here is the scenario I'm talking about: As terrain maintenance at my ...
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Relation between unitarity and conservation of probability

In a seminar, I heard that the unitary aspect of representations was important physically, because in quantum mechanics unitarity is closely tied to the conservation of probability. Could someone ...
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What is a simple intuitive way to see the relation between imaginary time (periodic) and temperature relation?

I guess I never had a proper physical intuition on, for example, the "KMS condition". I have an undergraduate student who studies calculation of Hawking temperature using the Euclidean path integral ...
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Magnetic Fields

If running a current through a magnet can reverse the magnetic field, then how strong does the current have to be and how would it best be run through the magnet.
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How does quantum trapping with diamagnets work?

I just saw this demonstration by someone from a Tel Aviv University lab. What they achieved there is mind blowing. I myself own a levitron that uses the Hall effect to levitate a magnet, the problem ...
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Why does Davisson-Germer experiment confirm electron's wave-particle duality?

First I apologize if my question is trivial and for my poor English. I was wondering why my teacher states that "electron's wave-particle duality is verified if we observe diffraction of the electron ...
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1answer
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How may the magnetic resistance for a magnet moving through a copper pipe be calculated?

When a magnet moves past non-magnetic, electrically conducting material such as copper, the changing magnetic field induces electric eddy currents in the copper, which create their own magnetic field ...
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Which exact solutions of the classical Yang-Mills equations are known?

I'm interested in the pure gauge (no matter fields) case on Minkowski spacetime with simple gauge groups. It would be nice if someone can find a review article discussing all such solutions EDIT: I ...
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Are there rigorous constructions of the path integral for lattice QFT on an infinite lattice?

Lattice QFT on a finite lattice* is a completely well defined mathematical object. This is because the path integral is an ordinary finite-dimensional integral. However, if the lattice is infinite, ...
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What methods are there to deal with quantum spatiotemporal chaos?

By now, there has been enough grasp on quantum chaos for systems with a small number of degrees of freedom. The major tool used is periodic orbit theory to approximate the spectral distribution. Is ...
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Kinetic energy puzzle

System S1 moves at constant speed V with respect to S0 in one dimension: ...
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4answers
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Are Everettian branchings global or local?

Everett's theory of quantum mechanics is about the wavefunction of the whole universe holistically. If a branching occurs very far away at the Andromeda galaxy, do I also branch? Are branchings global ...
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Can someone explain the color Pink to me?

I just finished watching this interesting video: http://youtu.be/S9dqJRyk0YM It does a very quick explanation of how pink light doesn't exist, and that the concept of pink is our brain's attempt at ...
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Is the number of wavelengths of light spanning a distance invariant with respect to spacetime distortion?

I was recently asked by a friend how the expansion of spacetime affects photons. I gave him what I feel is a satisfactory general response, but it got me wondering how, exactly to calculate this ...
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1answer
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Adjoint representations and bosons

Is there a deep mathematical reason why bosons should be in the adjoint representation of the gauge group rather than any other representation?
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Does the speed of sand flow in a hourglass depend on a height of a sand column above the hourglass neck?

In a hourglass, does the sand flow through the neck depend on the amount of sand in the upper glass? If we consider a sand flow analogous to fluid flow, then it should depend linearly, but in that ...
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How can a conductor be grounded yet there are induced charges on it?

A classic example for the method of images is the following, quoted from Griffiths's Introduction to Electrodynamics, page 121: "Suppose a point charge $q$ is held a distance $d$ above an infinite ...
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Why is the energy density of the electric field produced by two unlike charges positive, even though their potential energy is negative?

Consider two stationary charges, one positive the other negative. Their potential energy is clearly negative. So you would expect that the energy density of the associated electric field would also ...
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Light and parabola

I know that parallel light beams hitting a parabola will be focused at the focus of the parabola (f = 1/4a) and a light source at the focus of the parabola will ...
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1answer
550 views

Weird operator and wavefunctions

How can one show that $\int_{-\infty}^{\infty}\psi^*(x)(d/dx+\tanh x)(-d/dx+\tanh x)\psi(x) dx=\int_{-\infty}^{\infty} |(d/dx+\tanh x)\psi(x)|^2 dx$, where $\psi$ is normalized?
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Would a strong diamagnetic material exhibit inductance?

Erm. This question got shot-down in electronics.stackexchange.com and somebody recommended I raise it on here, so ... Do metals with the property of strong diamagnetism also exhibit inductance? ...
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N=2 SSM without a Higgs

In arXiv:1012.5099, section III, the authors describe a supersymmetric extension to the standard model in which there is no Higgs sector at all, in the conventional sense. The up-type Higgs is a ...
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1answer
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Why does the speed of light within a solid depend on frequency?

Different frequencies of light travel at different speeds through solids, which along with Snell's law allows for rainbows. Has this phenomenon of variable speeds been predicted through derivations? ...
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Which QFTs were rigorously constructed?

Which QFTs have mathematically rigorous constructions a la AQFT? I understand there are many such constructions in 2D, in particular 2D CFT has been extensively studied mathematically. But even in 2D ...
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What happens when astronomical bodies made up of Dark Matter collapse or collide?

Does dark matter not produce heat or radiation after a collision etc? Or, we detect radiations having no generators?
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Is dark matter around the Milky Way spread in a spiral shape (or, in a different shape)?

Dark matter doesn't interact with electromagnetic radiation, but it, at least, participates in gravitational interactions as known from the discovery of dark matter. But does dark matter exist in a ...
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Telescope “blue book” [closed]

I have a telescope that I may be in the market to sell in the near future and am wondering if there is a good source to find its value in the used market. Although it's never been out of the box, it ...
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3answers
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Why does light in a room not form constructive and destructive interference patterns?

This is something that I have wondered for a long time. How come when I walk around why do I not see random black spots where light has collided destructively and bright spots where it has collided ...
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Convert acceleration as a function of position to acceleration as a function of time?

Suppose I have acceleration defined as a function of position, $a(x)$. How to convert it into a function of time $a(t)$? Please give an example for the case $a(x)= \frac{x}{s^2}$.

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