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Why aren't the graphs for black body radiation straight lines?

We know that a wave which has greater frequency will have low wavelength and high energy. So, by decreasing the wavelength, the frequency and consequently energy (intensity) of that wave will increase ...
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Where might hertz per dioptre actually be useful?

I once came across the strange, artificial unit "hertz per dioptre", which is dimensionally equivalent to "metres per second". Could this unit, by some stretch of the imagination, be used in some ...
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Photometer: measured Irradiance L converted to photon rate

I am conducting an experiment in which the power meter reading of $410\,nm$ narrow bandpass stimulus is noted to be 30 $\frac{\mu W}{cm^2}$ at a distance of 1 inch away from the light source. I wish ...
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On the optics of high-resolution surveillance drones

In this youtube video (which is an except from a documentation I believe) a DARPA development for a high-resolution surveillance camera is presented. This question is regarding the optics that are ...
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Could an ultra-relativistic particle tunnel directly through a stellar mass black hole?

It occurred to me in passing that the Lorentz contraction of a black hole from the perspective of an ultra-relativistic (Lorentz factor larger than about 10^16) particle could reduce the thickness of ...
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Resonant inductive coupling and Schumann resonances

I was reading about WiTricity (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WiTricity) a technology developed by MIT to wirelessly transmit electricity through resonance, and I have this question: Given the ...
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Differentiation and delta function

Need help doing this simple differentiation. Consider 4 d Euclidean(or Minkowskian) spacetime. \begin{equation} \partial_{\mu}\frac{(a-x)_\mu}{(a-x)^4}= ? \end{equation} where $a_\mu$ is a constant ...
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stopping distance [closed]

if it takes a 4 door sedan x amount of feet to go from 65 mph to 45 mph (and i don't know how many feet that is) on a dry straight road, how many feet would it take for a large Mack truck ...
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Apostol or Spivak for mathematical physics? [closed]

I came across many recommendations for both of these books, but I'm not sure which one should I use to study calculus... I know most of the methods used in calculus and I use them frequently, but I'm ...
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Canonical quantization in supersymmetric quantum mechanics

Suppose you have a theory of maps $\phi: {\cal T} \to M$ with $M$ some Riemannian manifold, Lagrangian $$L~=~ \frac12 g_{ij}\dot\phi^i\dot\phi^j + \frac{i}{2}g_{ij}(\overline{\psi}^i ...
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Why is the Yang-Mills gauge group assumed compact and semi-simple?

What is the motivation for including the compactness and semi-simplicity assumptions on the groups that one gauges to obtain Yang-Mills theories? I'd think that these hypotheses lead to physically ...
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Paradox- Object thrown parallel to the ground will never fall down

Suppose an object is thrown parallel to the ground. The gravity acts downward (ie. perpendicular to the direction of motion of the object). The work done by gravity on that object will be given by : ...
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Are there general circuits that differentiate/integrate empirically?

Is it possible to construct simple circuits, that given a time-varying input, produce an output that represents the derivative or integral of the input with respect to time?
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Dark Energy and Conservation of Momentum

IF dark energy was not perfectly evenly distributed(as some theories suggest), in other words if some cubic centimeter had a very small difference from another cubic centimeter, would that imply that ...
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Compton Scattering

Compton Scattering essentially states that when a photon of a given wavelength hits an electron the energy level of the electron changes and the photon has its wavelength changed. This seems to be ...
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203 views

Universal expansion faster than the speed of light

If the universe is expanding faster than the speed of light, and force carrier particles move at the speed of light, wouldn't this cause infinite universal expansion? Since no forces would be acting ...
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Graviton and photons interaction

If one believes in the theory of gravitons then by viewing a black hole you see gravitons affect photons. This in turn leads to the conclusion that force carrier's mass equivalences allow them to be ...
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How to brake 'beautifully'?

Sometimes when I'm driving my car, I play a "game" against myself in which I try to minimize the deceleration felt by passengers (including myself) while still braking in a reasonable short space. I ...
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Preventing a block from sliding on a plane (with friction)

Assume a small square block $m$ is sitting on a larger wedge-shaped block of mass $M$ at an upper angle $\theta$ such that the little block will slide on the big block if both are started from rest ...
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Constructing the exponential form of a unitary operator

I think I've got this figured out but wanted to make sure I'm doing this right. Working with operators that satisfy bosonic commutation relations $[b,b^\dagger] = 1$, I define a very general unitary ...
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Exact diagonalization of graphene's tight binding Hamiltonian

While directly diagonalize graphene's tight binding Hamiltonian, which is numerical. We have to use a finite-sized graphene. So how to deal with boundary conditions? The usual solutions are zigzag or ...
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Representations of Lie algebras in physics

Why is an invariant vector subspace sometimes called a representation? For example in Lie algebras, say su(3), the subspace characterized by the highest weight (1,0) is an irreducible representation ...
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Why can I add the Atomic form factors in the calculation of the Diamond Structure factor

When trying to calculate the structur factor for diamond I came across the calculation on the wikipedia. In the calculation they just add up the atomic form factors of alle the atoms in the unit cell ...
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Which is the axis of rotation?

This should be simple, but it keeps bothering me. If a rigid body has no fixed axis, and a torque (defined relative to a point $A$) is applied, it will rotate around $A$. But often I can also ...
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Continuum mechanics and effects of stress

Going to word this question a bit more straightforward than I may have before. Also, I'm trying to use baby formulas so I can grasp exactly what's going on. Object A has an elasticity of ...
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P-T Phase diagram. Density of material at critical point

One of the questions I had while reading through some material was: Why is the density of a given volume of gas uniquely defined at the critical point, but not at the triple point? Is it because at ...
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Why not an Electric Theory of Everything? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to debunk ‘The Electric Universe’? I am just wondering why there exists such a strong feeling within the physics community against theories such as Plasma Physics ...
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Help with the understanding of boundary conditions on $AdS_3$

So I am trying to reproduce results in this article, precisely the 3rd chapter 'Virasoro algebra for AdS$_3$'. I have the metric in this form: ...
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Active speakers picking up cellular tower waves?

Since a week or so a constant high pitch sound (~4khz) emanates from my active monitor speakers. After eliminating any ground or power source issues I noticed, that the sound rises in volume whenever ...
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859 views

Is the Pauli exclusion principle as Brian Cox described it? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Does the Pauli exclusion principle instantaneously affect distant electrons? If this rule works, could you not set up an experiment to test the theory (as described by ...
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Time travel in the past

The past weeks I watched some episodes from "Through the Wormhole" with Morgan Freeman. When talking about traveling back in time, they said you can only travel back up to the date when the first ...
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854 views

Why do we need a Theory-Of-Everything (TOE)?

On the heels of some of the discussion about the recent TOE article by New Scientist, what are the key reasons why we need a TOE? The obvious immediate response is that a TOE should give us a means ...
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Neglecting friction on a pulley?

So, this is how the problem looks: http://www.aplusphysics.com/courses/honors/dynamics/images/Atwood%20Problem.png Plus, the pulley is suspended on a cord at its center and hanging from the ceiling. ...
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170 views

Why don't we use quater-circular dees instead of semi-circular dees in a Cyclotron

This is the setup, I have in my mind: O1, O2, O3 and O4 are 4 oscillators. The arrows in between the Dees represent the alternating EMF the Oscillators will generate. I think we can easily adjust ...
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335 views

Specific electron energy gap values $E_{i+1}-E_i$ vs. photons with arbitrary energy $\hbar \omega$

The energy levels of electrons in an atom are quantized $E_i$. A photon of a specific momentum $\vec p$ and energy $$\omega=(E_{i+1}-E_i)/\hbar$$ hits an atom and gets absorbed. Okay now say the ...
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How is the hierarchy problem consistent with the decoupling theorem?

One the one hand we have the hierarchy problem in it's various forms, in my understanding in it's most serious form one could state it as the observation that if there is a heavy mass scale M in ...
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PN Junction Depletion Region

So it took me a little bit to understand this, but I want to make sure I have a few things right. First of all, when a Crystal Structure with One side N-Doped, One Side P-Doped are in the same ...
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1answer
485 views

Projectile motion in two and three dimensions question?

So I bought this book in the library and physics fascinates me and I found this quote in the book " Galileo has proved that when any effects due to air resistance are ignored, the ranges for ...
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Planet's Moon attrated by sun [closed]

I'm currently writing a code to generate solar system and $N$ number of planets / moons. I use real data to test (earth / sun / moon data). I succeeded in placing the earth and make it orbit around ...
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Regarding “Holes” in bands, and Photons

So from learning Band theory, and PN Junction and such, I've learned that photons are created when "holes" are filled in a band, and this is what can create light (Isn't this how LEDs work?) Anyways, ...
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Sensors for Greenhouse Study

A group and I have the opportunity to design a payload that will be sent up some 100,000 ft (~ 30 km) into the atmosphere for approximately 3 hours. In our design, we were going to include gas sensors ...
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1answer
415 views

Conservation of Energy as Applied to Point Charges

The following question appears to be extremely straight forward, but I can't seem to be able to obtain the correct answer. The question is: A charge Q1 = 1.3uC is at rest and is located 2.3 cm ...
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1answer
760 views

How do I find the eigenvalues for the angular momentum ladder operators?

I am trying to calculate the normalising constants for the angular momentum ladder operators but am stuck when I need to calculate expected values. How can I find the expected values
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140 views

What do the $j$ and $m$ stand for in $|j,m\rangle$ for angular momentum in quantum mechanics?

I'm assuming it is a jth state with m value as total angular momentum?
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Special Relativity: Transforming Maxwell's equations

I'm working through Einstein's original 1905 paper*, and I'm having trouble with the section on the transformation of Maxwell's equations from rest to moving frame. The paper proceeds as follows: ...
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What does it mean to find acceleration in terms of g?

I'm having trouble understanding what a problem I have is seeking. To simplify the problem: A particle reaches a speed of 1.6 m/s in a 5.0 micrometer launch. The speed is reduced to zero in 1.0 ...
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587 views

Finding orbital eccentricity

I have this problem: They give me, from a satellite that is in orbit in earth, a value for the period, and the closest height to earth surface, the ask me what the eccentricty of the orbit is. I have ...
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1answer
345 views

Travel direction of lightning

Is it possible to know whether a lightning bolt travel from the ground to the sky or from the sky to the ground? Alternatively, it could be both sides approaching
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1answer
119 views

Question about Classical Transport Theory

With a distribution function of the form $f=f_{0} + \vec{v} \cdot \vec{g}$, one can obtain the current density. My question is about $\vec{g}$; we assume a general solution to $\vec{g}$ of the form ...
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How should holes in a Tesla turbine look like?

I think of building a Tesla turbine out of old hard drives. Now I wonder how to cut ventilation holes in the platters. On the internet there are a lot of different attempts on that matter. A lot of ...

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