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Ramsey Interactions

What are Ramsey interactions? I am researching atomic clocks and am not sure why the atoms need to be exposed twice to an electromagnetic field in order to cause excitation.
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Problem with Velocity of efflux [closed]

I am stuck in this problem- I need to find the velocity of efflux at the hole of the container. [We can assume that the area of the hole is negligible in comparison with the base area of the ...
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If time travel to the past is not possible why is this situation considered in Feynman diagrams?

I recently read R.P Feynman's QED:A Strange Theory of Light and Matter. It is believed that time travel to the past is not possible. Then why is particles going backward in time considered in the book ...
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Pn junction voltage drop?

This image from wikipedia, explains that there occurs a potential drop across a pn semiconductor junction, and an electric field confined to the depletion region. I already know the reason for the ...
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Understanding operations of quantum computing advantages

For example, let us examine the case of quantum (discrete) fourier transform. There are $2^N$ samples. How do we initialize these $2^N$ samples into $N$ qubits? I have a hard time understanding this. ...
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Some questions on the Wilson loop in the projective construction?

Based on the previous question and the comment in it, imagine two different mean-field Hamiltonians $H=\sum(\psi_i^\dagger\chi_{ij}\psi_j+H.c.)$ and $H'=\sum(\psi_i^\dagger\chi_{ij}'\psi_j+H.c.)$, we ...
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QED: basic process which violates energy-momentum conservation

Why is the following process not possible? My book says it's because it violate energy and momentum conservation. Can someone explain me explicitly why? Why couldn't an energetic electron not ...
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How to understand the QED, QCD and standard model Lagrangians? [closed]

How do you read the QED, QCD and standard model Lagrangians? What do all the symbols and tensors represent? And, how can you derive them by yourselves?
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How to get the position operator in the momentum representation from knowing the momentum operator in the position representation?

I know that $$\tag{1}\hat{p}~=~-i\hbar \frac{\partial}{\partial x}~.$$ How can I get $$\tag{2}\hat{x}~=~i\hbar \frac{\partial}{\partial p}~?$$ I think this simple and I'm just over thinking it, ...
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Tesla to Newtons [closed]

Is it possible to convert Tesla to Newtons of force? Or magnetization force H:(A/m) to newtons?
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Why can't the units of work and torque be interchanged? [duplicate]

When I'm studying about work and torque, I found that their unit are the same. But, why don't we use Joule (unit of work) instead of Newton-meter (unit of torque)? Since $\mathrm{1\ Joule = 1\ Nm}$, ...
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Can Kirchhoff laws be applied to any circuit?

Kirchhoff's loop/current rule is just law of conservation of energy and Kirchhoff's junction rule is just law of conservation of charge.So, I think that these can be applied to any circuits unlike ...
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Person Pushing a Block vs. People Pushing off Each Other - Newton's Third Law

I have read so many forums on this and I still do not understand and it's affecting my ability to move forward with learning physics right now. Imagine the following scenario: a person on a ...
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EM attenuation in free space at different frequencies

Can anyone explain intuitively why electromagnetic radiation (according to the basic path loss equation in communications) experiences more attenuation at higher frequencies? The equation states ...
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When is energy discrete/quantized for a potential well?

Specifically, my question is: Should one expect energy quantization for a particle in the following potential well? More generally, how can one tell whether or not energy should be ...
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Burning VS Melting: What is the relation in the atomic/molecular structure?

This has never been asked before on this site, so I thought I would ask this to help future searchers, passerbys, or others understand this better. What are the key differences between burning ...
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Is ocean color affected by Rayleigh Scattering?

We know that sky color is due primarily to Rayleigh scattering. Is Rayleigh scattering the dominant effect for ocean color too?
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Derivation of Moment of Inertia and centre of mass?

In the equation above for the MI for a rod, why are we taking the limits from -l/2 to l/2? And why doesn't the integral doesn't include the centre of mass?
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Principle of relativity - a second, equivalent form, using invariants

Most people state the principle of relativity like this: "The rules of physics must take the same form in all inertial frames." Question: is this an equivalent way of saying the same thing: ...
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Revisiting the microscopic concept of Touching with some more questions

This question is regarding the amazing answer given by Terry Bollinger at this Phys.SE post. I think this answer is very helpful but i do have some standing questions. He says Once the bonding ...
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what could generate a high-pitched whine in electronics where the frequency depends on the current?

So I was operating a Laue machine recently which generates x-rays and fires them at a sample, and I noticed that there was a high-pitched whine coming from the instrument (nothing abnormal, just ...
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Boundary condition for a floating electrostatic potential

I have a (probably) simple question regarding boundary conditions. In electrostatic simulations, the relevant Maxwell equation is $\nabla \cdot \mathbf{D}=\rho$ where $\mathbf{E}=-\nabla V$, and ...
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Betti multiplets in Kaluza Klein compactifications

It is well known that if the compactification manifold of a supergravity theory has non-zero Betti numbers, this may lead to the so called Betti multiplets in the spectrum of the low dimensional ...
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How bright was the AGN eruption at the center of the Milky Way ~2 Ma ago?

The black hole at the center of the Milky Way is believed to have erupted as an active galactic nucleus (AGN) approximately 2 million years ago, at which time it would have been visible to early ...
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Linearized gravity and symmetries

I have naive question. When we analyzing weak gravity field we introduce expression for metric tensor as $$ g_{\mu \nu} = \eta_{\mu \nu} + h_{\mu \nu}, \quad \eta_{\mu \nu} = diag(1, -1, -1, -1), ...
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Why does a helium filled ballon move forward in a car when the car is accelerating?

I noticed that when I had a helium filled, latex ballon inside of my car, it moved forward in the cabin as I accelerated forward. The faster I accelerated forward, the faster the ballon went from the ...
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Is the symmetry group of two spin 1/2 particles $SU(2) \times SU(2)$ or $SU(4)$?

This is a simple question. Please forgive me, as I am a lowly experimentalist. Suppose we have two free spin 1/2 particles, i.e. a 4-fold degenerate system. What is the set of symmetry operations ...
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Molecular rotation - Energy levels for an asymmetric molecule

For a molecule with spherical symmetry, the energy level of rotation for quantum number $J$ is: $$E(J)=\frac{J(J+1)\hbar^2}{8\pi^{2}I}$$ "$I$" is the Moment of inertia for the molecule ...
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Question about the quantization of lattice vibration (phonons)

In my syllabus about solid state physics they state that lattice vibration is quantized, analogous to the harmonic oscillator: $$E = (n+\frac{1}{2})\hbar\omega$$ So the lattice vibration has ...
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Uncertainty principle in atomic clocks?

How does the uncertainty principle limit the accuracy of atomic clocks. I know line width and measurement time are important but not exactly why?
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Electron Wave Interference

In the double slit interference pattern for the wave of an electron, what will happen if I make the slits to be smaller than the size of an electron ? Will I still observe an interference pattern on ...
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Do we have a quantum field theory of monopoles?

Recently, I read a review on magnetic monopole published in late 1970s, wherein some conjectures of properties possibly possessed by a longingly desired quantum field theory of monopoles are stated. ...
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A problem about special relativity [closed]

i can't understand it clearly, so please help me!
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What happens to chiral Majorana edge fermions near quantum phase transition in p+ip superconductors?

In the weakly-coupled BCS regime two-dimensional chiral (p+ip) spinless superconductors and superfluids posses a chiral gapless fermionic Majorana state localized near the boundary. This gapless edge ...
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Is there a better, faster way to do this projectile motion question? [closed]

The question is In a combat exercise, a mortar at M is required to hit a target at O, which is taking cover 25 m behind a structure of negligible width 10 m tall. This mortar can only fire at an ...
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Charge-conjugation of Weyl spinors

I am having trouble reconciling two facts I am aware of: the fact that the charge conjugate of a spinor tranforms in the same representation as the original spinor, and the fact that (in certain, ...
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Amplitudes in renormalized perturbation theory

This question arose while reading Peskin and Schroeder, specifically, it arose in regards to the sum of diagrams above their Eq. (10.20) on pg. 326. The context is $\phi ^4$ theory and they are using ...
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How can I model computationally or experimentally the flow in my aquarium tank?

I have a 60-gallon aquarium tank and I have always wondered about the flow of water in the tank. Let's represent the flow of water in terms of a direction field representing velocity, so if we see the ...
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Celsius to Fahrenheit confusion: why there is no 1 to x ratio?

Why is it not possible to know the ratio of 1°C to how many Fahrenheit and use that to convert from or to Celsius/Fahrenheit? What is really happening? Fahrenheit increases linearly and so does ...
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What is a bilateral constraint?

In the realm of mechanics/rigid body dynamics, can anyone tell me what a bilateral constraint is? Can't seem to find any information on the exact definition, just uses of it such as "considering only ...
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Pre-gauge-fixed superspace action of the RNS superstring

When writing down the the action of the RNS superstring in superspace, all of the sources I have checked (BBS, GSW, Polchinski) seem to just write down the action in conformal gauge, that is $$ ...
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Is isotropy a fundamental/invariant feature of our universe, or is it merely a convenient, albeit arbitrary, feature of some reference frames?

This is related to a previous post. Assuming that the Cosmological Principle is correct, does this imply that the universe possess an empircially privileged reference frame? What I am trying to ...
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why using a EM spectrum produces a narrower fringes

I'm trying to figure out a physical reason of why a broader pulse turns out to give a narrower fringe, although I know mathematically the fringe is just the fourier transform of the pulse on the ...
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QCD mass gap finite temperature

QCD has a mass gap. Does heating up QCD to a finite temperature change this fact, or is it a property which is independent of temperature?
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Why is the collision term negative in the equation of motion for a fluid of electrons in a plasma?

The fluid equation of motion for electrons in a cold plasma is \begin{equation} m_en_e\frac{d\textbf{v}}{dt} = -en_e(\textbf{E}+\textbf{v}\times \textbf{B}) - m_en_e\nu\textbf{v} \end{equation} where ...
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Magnetic core, and a DC solenoid

A DC solenoid creates a magnetic field B. A highly permeability magnetic core is added to solenoid to increase B. Now, there is change in flux, due to the increase in magnetic field. What would be ...
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Does sound cancel itself out?

If there are two 10 x 2 x 1 foot rectangles in space and they are lined up so if they hit each other there will be no spots that are not hit in the front of the rectangle. Then they are pushed forward ...
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Confused about elasticity and collisions

I was solving the following problem and the explanation to it confused me. There are two objects with mass $m$ and $M$, respectively. The object with mass $m$ has a velocity of $\sqrt{2gl}$ and ...
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Ricci scalar in Scalar Field in Curved Space-time

I was recently looking at a Lagrangian of a scalar field in curved space-time at http://www.unc.edu/~mgood/research/Carroll_QFT_CS.pdf on page 8. I am not a physicist, and I am currently studying ...
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How would a laser gun actually work?

So, let's assume that the "laser gun / phaser / beam weapon" from all sorts of Sci Fi were an actual thing. You know - a weapon that uses a laser to kill somebody. I'm trying to imagine the physics ...

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