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answered How do we know the Schwarzschild solution contains an object of mass $M$?
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comment Is it possible that black holes are also neutron stars, but so dark that we cannot see them?
Why the downvote?
Apr
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answered A question about the Fermi acceleration
Apr
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comment Dipole moment of a single point charge
If the moments up to order $n-1$ vanish, the moment of order $n$ is independent of coordinate system. Perhaps you should add "in general" to the first sentence?
Apr
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comment Converting between matrix multiplication and tensor contraction
@tfb Some months ago I came across this, which reminds me of your story.
Apr
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comment Unitary operators evolving the set of Pauli matrices
The paper mixes two conventions and probably defines $\vec{\sigma}(t) = \sigma_1(t) \vec{e}_1 + \sigma_2(t) \vec{e}_2 + \sigma_3(t) \vec{e}_3$, where the vector space is defined by the Pauli matrices, i.e. $\vec{e}_1 = \sigma_x$, etc.
Apr
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comment Unitary operators evolving the set of Pauli matrices
Check Frobenius's answer below, it's more explicit. Does the paper define $\vec{\sigma} = (\sigma_x, \sigma_y, \sigma_z)$?
Apr
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comment Unitary operators evolving the set of Pauli matrices
For example, $\vec{\sigma}_{11}$ is $\vec{e}_z$. Probably, the notation confuses you because you interpret $\vec{e}_i$ in terms of coordinates. Vectors are elements of a vector space and it is an extra step to assign coordinates to them. The vector spaces where $\vec{e}_i$ and $\sigma_{i}$ belong are not the same in general!
Apr
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comment Unitary operators evolving the set of Pauli matrices
$\sigma_{ij}$ is the $i,j$-th element of the matrix $\vec{\sigma}$. A common convention is to interpret $i$ as the row and $j$ as the column.
Apr
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comment Unitary operators evolving the set of Pauli matrices
This notation can be used even if the coefficient matrices are linearly dependent!
Apr
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comment Unitary operators evolving the set of Pauli matrices
$\vec{\sigma}$ is a $2\times 2$ matrix, $\sigma_x \vec{e}_x + \sigma_y \vec{e}_y + \sigma_z \vec{e}_z$.
Apr
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answered Is the electric field of a volume charge distribution well defined?
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answered Ernst potential from Kaluza-Klein reduction of axisymmetric space-time
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comment Why do we obtain classical physics by taking the limit of Planck's constant to zero?
Well, one obvious reason is that $h$ does not appear in the equations of classical physics. If $[x,p]=0$, every state is defined simultaneously by position and momentum, which differentiates between the classical and the quantum theory. This answer does not explain certain details, which appear in chapter VI, §1 of Quantum mechanics by Messiah.
Nov
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comment Conservation of energy and Killing-field
Also, it is not necessary that the Killing vector is timelike, it is necessary that it is asymptotically timelike, and this is for the reason described in my answer below, namely that the scalar defined using it has the appropriate asymptotic behaviour. In Kerr space-time, $K^a$ may be space-like!
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comment Conservation of energy and Killing-field
"Physically, asymptotically flat space-times represent isolated systems", cf. Robert Geroch and Jeffrey Winicour. Linkages in general relativity. Journal of Mathematical Physics, 22(4):803-812, 1981.