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Hi, I am a string theorist and a publicist.


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revised Entanglement and relativity
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answered Bell's theorem and why nonlocality is problematic
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comment Entanglement and relativity
"There are thousands of papers on nonrelativistic measurement theory (in a preferred frame) and only few in a covariant setting." - As I explained, it's because there is absolutely no conceptually new mystery associated with the "switch" to relativistic quantum theories. Relativistic quantum theories are just a special case of quantum theories that also preserve some extra symmetry (whose nature has nothing to do with the foundational issues of quantum mechanics); relativistic theories are not qualitatively different from other quantum theories when it comes to the quantum issues.
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answered Is all angular momentum quantized?
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answered Does the second law of thermodynamics tell me how the entropy changes?
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comment Why does large curvature of spacetime imply high temperature?
Even if someone sits on a surface of a neutron star, he may not be ripped apart and the situation may be stable. However, the phonons and other virtual particles inside him may undergo similar dynamics as the atmosphere and exhibit the adiabatic lapse rate, something that makes these quasiparticles inevitably warmer in the deeper levels of the gravitational field - the temperature gradient is again linked to the spacetime curvature. There are various effects and they may have different temperatures and there could possibly exist loopholes in which they're absent... Someone should answer fully.
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comment Why does large curvature of spacetime imply high temperature?
Dr Bollinger's answer is on the right track but I believe that because he rejects the key concept of tidal forces, someone who is confident that the right buzzword is the "tidal forces" should post a full-fledged answer here (David?). The canonical example is the observer approaching a black hole singularity. He's torn apart by the tidal forces which are really the nonrelativistic equivalent of the spacetime curvature. Tidal forces rip him apart, big force, big temperature.
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comment Entanglement and relativity
Dear Dr Neumaier, the measurement in QFT isn't "poorly researched". It's exactly as well researched and understood as measurement in any other quantum mechanical theory because all QM theories share the same postulates and foundations so the explanations are completely universal and hold for all QFTs as well. They only differ in the list of quantities that can be measure, not in the logic how it's measured and what it means. Also, it's a matter of a few lines – known since 1930 or so when QFT was born as a framework – to prove the Lorentz invariance (and thus locality) of quantum field theory.
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comment Entanglement and relativity
Dear Giulio, the correlation is unambiguously and quantitatively predicted by quantum mechanics, in agreement with the experiment, and the quantum calculation makes it self-evident that the reason for the correlation is the contact of the two subsystems in the past (the initial state) and not anything that happens during the measurements. It's nearly guaranteed, both in classical and quantum physics, that two subsystems in contact remain correlated with each other. None of the things provides a glimpse of a rational evidence for MWI, "real collapse", or any of these unphysical superconstructs.
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answered Entanglement and relativity
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comment Spectrum of Free Strings
Good answer, +1. I still think that one may expand and/or re-emphasize some points. When one determines masses, they're not just "defined". The mass spectrum of particles contains much of the information about the theory and it has to be calculated; of course that this calculation depends on the background. The massless spectrum depends on the background in field theory, too. It's not a "disadvantage" in any sense; it's a tautology. We're just saying that the most important feature of the dynamical laws, the spectrum, depends on the dynamical laws governing individual particles/strings.
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answered What is the connection between extra dimensions in Kaluza-Klein type theories and those in string theories?
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comment What experiment would disprove string theory?
Third, it is absolutely irrational and unjustifiable to treat ST differently than QFT. Both of them are falsifiable frameworks and, as far as the doable experiments go, they make the same predictions. So it is nonsensical to pick one of them as being the right one and the other one as being the one that you can eliminate. Whether something was discovered before or later may be interesting for historians of science but it has nothing whatsoever to do with the validity of the theories.
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comment What experiment would disprove string theory?
Nope, Anixx, none of your propositions is right. First of all, concerning 1st sentence, falsification of a hypothesis has absolutely nothing to do with other hypotheses; they have nothing to do with the process of falsification of a given hypothesis. Second, it is absolutely not true that string theory brings nothing new. It brings everything new - among other virtues, it's the only theory that is consistent in the quantum gravity regime for which it predicts what happens.
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comment Spinor integration
Hi! It may be done by some straightforward algebra but it's also good to notice that both sides have the same support - they're integrals over the future light-cone - and in both cases, the delta-function imposing the support to the light cone combined with the Lorentz invariance uniquely determines the measure up to the normalization (the spinor products are Lorentz invariant much like delta of $l^2$) so they have to be equal up to the normalization one has to check (or believe). The normalization may be checked either by boring algebra or by integrating a particular example function.
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revised Does this Zeilinger group result provide experimental proof of backward-in-time causation?
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revised Does this Zeilinger group result provide experimental proof of backward-in-time causation?
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answered Does this Zeilinger group result provide experimental proof of backward-in-time causation?
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answered Spinor integration
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