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How can I calculate the relationship between power and acceleration for a beam driven photon sail?

I am writing a novel, and although I have a background in physics, I am unsure of the exact equations to use. Specifically: For a photon-sail ship, how powerful would a driving laser need to be in ...
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Effect of small variable transverse force on satellite orbital precession

Consider a small satellite which moves in a 2D elliptical orbit around a much larger body (e.g. the Sun) under the influence of Newtonian gravitational acceleration $$Ar = G.M/d^2 $$ Next imagine ...
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Calculate Euler equations of fluid dynamics without division?

I'm working on the calculation of the Euler equations with the finite volume method. Unfortunately I'm not allowed to do a division. So I'm wondering if there's a form which does not need a division. ...
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Experimentally measuring coherence length of laser

So I am trying to figure out the coherence length of my laser source. I am using a mach zehnder interferomter (image attached). I have theoretically calculated $L_c$ to be somewhere between 800-1200 ...
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Is frequency or Bayesian interpretation used in quantum mechanics?

In quantum mechanics, we discussed about probability. There are two kinds of interpretations: frequency and Bayesian. Which one is actually used in quantum mechanics? My impression is, it doesn't ...
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Color-charge conservation in proton decay

In some extensions of the Standard Model of particle physics (Supersymmetry with R-parity violation being a prominent example), the proton is allowed to decay, e.g. via $p\to e^+\pi^0$: While this ...
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Why does a flat universe imply an infinite universe?

This article claims that because the universe appears to be flat, it must be infinite. I've heard this idea mentioned in a few other places, but they never explain the reasoning at all.
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Gibbs equation and third law of thermodynamics

I have seen a discussion of what would happen for an ideal gas expands irreversibly and adiabatically until absolute zero degree K. The entropy change is like that: Δs=Cv ln(T2/T1)+R ln(V2/V1) It is ...
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Problem understanding basic sail mechanics

I am trying to understand the physics behind a single sailed boat. I have read the following questions Sailing against the wind. Is this a fair model? What exactly is the 'lift' of a ...
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Naive questions on the classical equations of motion from the Chern-Simons Lagrangian

Consider a Chern-Simons Lagrangian $\mathscr{L}=\mathbf{e}^2-b^2+g\epsilon^{\mu \nu \lambda} a_\mu\partial _\nu a_\lambda$ in 2+1 dimensions, where the 'electromagnetic' fields are $e_i=\partial _0a_i-...
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Is there a difference between correlation processing and matched filter processing?

Is there a difference between correlation processing and matched filter processing? To me, they look same.
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Do alternate theories for Dark Matter (like MOND) explain its effect on gravitational lensing?

For a long time, I was sceptical about the evidence for dark matter. To me, it seemed like a pretty big leap to make when we have no idea whether or not our current models of gravity should apply ...
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How to calculate required energy to displace a pendulum?

How can one calculate the amount of energy needed to displace pendulum with given mass m and string length L to $\alpha$ degrees from resting position when acceleration due to gravity is known?
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How to calculate the density of a polycrystalline sample?

I'm trying to figure out the density (g/cm^3) of La2CuO4. I know that the mass is 405.355 g/mol; what do I have to do to calculate the volume? Thanks!
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Electrostatics - Inserting a brass plate between two charges

The question is: if I were to insert a brass plate between two charges, what will happen to the force between the charges? Would it increase, decrease or stay the same? Does the brass plate increase ...
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Why do we deal only with large scale magnetic fields in astrophysics, and not electric fields?

In astrophysics there is a lot going on about strong, large scale magnetic fields: in stars (prominences), magnetic dynamos, compact accretors collimating jets, etc. There's even a special ...
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Homemade particle accelerator

Watching a documentary, I heard Michio Kaku telling that when he was young, he built a home-made particle accelerator. What I would like to know is if I, myself can do so? And how?
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Would a craft travelling increasingly close to the speed of light appear to be decelerating?

I've been pondering the implications of time dilation. Is it right to assume that if a craft was travelling at a speed very close to the speed of light (>= 0.9999c for example), that to an external ...
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Question about bosonization method

I have a question about bosonization method used in 1D system. Generally the bosonized field is assume to the following form \begin{equation} \psi = e^{i\phi}, \quad \phi = \phi^\dagger \end{equation}...
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Ultrafast photon detectors

Are there already photon detectors that can resolve the shape of photons in the time domaine if it looks like below where the two humps are separated by a time of the order of femtoseconds? What I ...
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Role of the canonical ensemble and electric charge in AdS/CFT

If we consider a charged black hole in AdS spacetime, we can either do thermodynamics in the grand canonical or the canonical ensemble. In the former, we fix the electrostatic potential $\Phi=A_t(r=\...
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Generating forces precisely [closed]

When we like to produce known forces, we know that standard weights acting vertically on a object creates a known force. Now, what are the other methods to generate forces with accuracy? It is a 'do ...
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Maxwell calculations that predicted the generation of waves (further use for wireless telegraphs)

At this point in this documentary about the history of electricity: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oPnS2WO2_0k&t=4m40s the guy says the Maxwell calculations predicted the generation of certain ...
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Current in a strip - Scalar or vector [duplicate]

In certain books like David Griffiths electrodynamics , he treats current as a vector in some places. Moreover certain problems like current in a strip are often dealt with by taking current ...
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Will a tall narrow cup keep a cup coffee warmer than a more evenly dimensioned cup?

I noticed a colleague had a tall narrow cup for his coffee, and it got me thinking about whether it would retain heat for longer or not. Assume two cups, both are cylindrical, and both hold the same ...
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What length should be the gap to block UV waves from the Sun?

The origin of the question is practical, but the theoretical part is interesting too. Let's rest a little bit on the roof on a sunny summer day. We don't want to get burned, so we usually place some ...
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How does a magnetic field cause objects to move?

I understand electricity and magnetism and the relationship between them. What I never understood, and never actually seen explained in any book or website, is how opposite magnetic fields cause ...
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Why are laws of physics always of product forms?

A first observation is that all the extant laws of physics are of product forms. This phenomenon is somewhat intriguing. The question is: why do law of physics always take, instead of a sum of two ...
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What is the mathematical definition of work?

I'm looking for the pure mathematical definition of work, but I haven't yet learned line integrals. My book says that the work due to a force ${\bf F}$ from point $A$ to point $B$ is $$ W= |AB|\cdot |...
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How does the friedmon solution to Einstein's equations resolve paradox of bounded infinities?

This article talks about a potential explanation of dark matter based on something called the "friedmon." I have no interest in the dark matter question, but the article has made me curious about ...
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Thermal Conductivity of Metals

My textbook says on conduction: These 'free' electrons can rapidly carry energy from the hotter to the cooler regions of the metal, so metals are generally good conductors of heat. A metal rod at ...
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A gas close to zero Kelvin

Consider an adiabatic expansion of an ideal gas that work is done against friction or a piston. Since no heat exchange can occur the gas keep on losing energy and its temperature decreases and the gas ...
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Why do books write $X(f)$ when they mean actually mean $\lvert X(f)\rvert$?

All books write $X(f)$ in plots - the Fourier transform of $x(t)$ - when they actually mean $\lvert X(f)\rvert$, without even mentioning in passing that they are dropping the mod sign. And also they ...
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Analytical problems with Green's function

I have a question about the right definition of the Green's function in physics. Why do we introduce (or not) an infinitesimal, positive number $\eta$ to the following definition: $$\left[ i\hbar\...
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How does the Alcubierre drive warp space in the vicinity of it's destination?

I don't understand how this could work. So lets say the drive is set to go 30,000,000 meters in a straight line to get to a distant planet. Now lets say the ship size is 20 meters. Now let's make ...
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Massless $\phi^3$ theory in $d=6$ dimensions

I am asked to calculate renormalization for a massless $\phi^3$ theory in $d=6$ dimensional space using dimensional regularization. I'm having trouble finding the three-point vertex correction as one ...
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Analogues of mass, space, or time? [closed]

I began wondering about this when working through this question: is there anything analogous to spacetime or matter? Both spacetime (note: most of what I know of about the concept of spacetime comes ...
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When falling through the air, does swinging arms/legs actually help anything?

Let's say someone jumps off an Olympic-sized diving board into a pool below (so air resistance is negligible). As soon as they jump, they start swinging their arms. Does this help them stay upright ...
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Flying eggshells

This question was asked on Judaism.StackExchange a few days ago, but I think it has a better chance of being answered here. Disregarding the grammatical discussion in the comments on that question1,...
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Could we recharge the sun's “batteries”?

From this link: The Sun is 4.6 billion years old and is estimated to live in this stable phase another 4.6 billion years. Since the Sun is a star, once it reaches the end of its lifetime, it ...
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What is the error on measuring the phase of a sine wave?

Let's say I have a wave, with frequency $\omega$ and phase $\phi$, of the form: $$y(t) = 1 + A \sin(\omega t+\phi)$$ where $A < 1$. I have measured this wave N times, and we can assume these ...
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Does the definition of the SI unit “second” require that possible perturbation of primary frequency standards should be measured?

The definition of the SI unit "second" is stated as The second is the duration of 9 192 631 770 periods of the radiation corresponding to the transition between the two hyperfine levels of the ground ...
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How do adhesive and cohesive forces affect surface tension? [closed]

Surface tension appears at the interface of two immiscible fluids if the cohesive force of attraction is more than adhesive force. What will be the physical effect if the adhesive force is more than ...
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Fluid dynamics - Water level in a container

An open container is being filled with water from the top at a constant volumetric flow rate $300 \frac{cm^3}{s} $. At the same time, water is leaving the container trough a circular whole at the ...
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Why does a string remain taut in circular motion

Lets say an object is tied to a string and it is being swung in a circle: In this case, the tension of the string acts as a centrifugal force that keeps the object moving in a circle. However, if ...
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Question on circular motion — car turning on road

Lets say a car is turning on a road that has friction. I made this small diagram where the two parallel lines indicate the tires of the car. In order for the car to keep turning in a circle, there ...
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What is a superfluid in field theoretic terms?

I'm wondering how one precisely defines a superfluid in terms of the effective field theory description. In Nicolis's paper http://arxiv.org/abs/1108.2513 there seems to be an extremely simple ...
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If a planetoid was wet and you spun it would the water move to the equator?

If the moon was alone in space and covered in X feet of water and it began to rotate would it displace to a bias along the equator?
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Kallen–Lehmann spectral representation for an arbitrary spin

Let's have Kallen–Lehmann spectral representation for the scalar theory: $$ \tag 1 D(p) = \int \limits_{0}^{\infty} d(\mu^{2})\frac{\rho (\mu^{2})}{p^{2} - \mu^{2} + i\varepsilon}. $$ We can represent ...
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Why should a (physical) principle be applicable to different systems in different positions in space and time?

This is a question with a philosophical, as well as physical, flavor. Why should a physical principle (or a description of one), be applicable to different systems that can be in different positions ...

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