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You might be interested to have a look at the the site The Universe in Problems. This is a community maintained web site, so the problems are very variable in style and difficulty. The downside of this is that many of the problems will not suit your current level of expertise, but on the other hand the upside is that there is bound to be some fraction of ...


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I'll give it a try: Jesse L. Silverberg, Matthew Bierbaum, James P. Sethna, and Itai Cohen, Phys. Rev. Lett. 110, 228701 (2013): "Collective Motion of Humans in Mosh and Circle Pits at Heavy Metal Concerts". (I got the idea from a Sixty Symbols video.) http://journals.aps.org/prl/abstract/10.1103/PhysRevLett.110.228701 It's not written by someone famous ...


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I'm going to be perverse and suggest Blas Cabrera's "First Results from a Superconductive Detector for Moving Magnetic Monopoles" (Phys. Rev. Lett. 48, 1378 (1982).) Cabrera isn't a household name, of course, but this does have some advantages as a teaching paper: First, the experiment is dead simple to explain to students who know about EMFs and ...


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From the details I assume it needs to concern a specific experiment, rather than just some musings. In recent news, in Nature Chemestry, "Coulomb explosion during the early stages of the reaction of alkali metals with water" (online version) has the Mythbusters appeal. When combined with the you-tube lead-up to the formal experiments, it is quite ...


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As noted in P. Weinberger's revisit of Louis de Broglie's 1924 doctoral thesis: De Broglie's contribution in the Philosophical Magazine from 1924 is fascinating from many standpoints: for its moderate use of mathematics, the close connection to Einstein's special theory of relativity, and of course for the proposal of matter waves. We revisit ...


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It seems to me Fermi's 1949 paper On the origin of the cosmic radiation (pdf copy link) is fairly accessible, requiring basic E&M and conservation of energy & momentum. The paper was written as a proposal for a mechanism to accelerate cosmic rays from thermal velocities to relativistic ones. The mechanism he proposes (based on Alfven waves) ...


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If you want research-level physics papers about topics high school students can understand, your best bet might be to look to the past. Older papers are great fun to read, but with their archaic language and notation they're not always the most efficient way to learn. One famous exception is Einstein's 1905 classic On the Electrodynamics of Moving Bodies. ...


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All these links are accessible at a non-mathematical level, and they are by recognized scientists (with the exception of the first link). (1) To start, see the "Simple English Wikipedia", which explains what the Higgs effect is, and the reason for the Higgs effect: http://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/Higgs_field. (2) The difference between the Higgs boson and ...


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First let me repeat what Yvan Velenik says in the comment: The terminology is somewhat unfortunate, because you don't need that much statistics, rather you'll need some probability theory. To elaborate, quoting Wikipedia, Statistics is the study of the collection, analysis, interpretation, presentation, and organization of data. [...] Statistics deals ...


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A very common approach for modelling the recombination dynamics in semiconductors is, $$R = An + Bnp$$ This equation assumes, Monomolecular recombination of electrons dominated over that of holes, with a rate $(s^{-1})$ given by the first term. Bimolecular recombination requires and electron and a hole. Clearly these assumptions will be material ...


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Try here for background into the derivation of the AdS/CFT correspondence and also this thesis for an excellent introduction to the correspondance with regards to symmetry breaking. Further to this, try these slides outlining the motivations and also providing a good reading list.


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I can recommend these lecture notes, which discuss many prerequisites for understanding the correspondence in a concise yet accessible way.


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How can I learn to become an experimental physicist? Bold mine. To start with, one has to become a physicist, and that is the goal of undergraduate physics majors, supply the basic understanding of physics up to the time of study, the experimental results and the theoretical models within which the results make sense. This is a serious job and it is ...


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Due to the rotation of the Earth, "inner-Earth-dwellers" would feel a fictitious centrifugal force pointing away from the axis of rotation. Ask your students how strong that force would appear to be. Once they realize it's a very weak force indeed, ask them to determine how fast the Earth would be spinning to give inner-Earth-dwellers the appearance of ...



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