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asked Is Ronald Ace's “solar trap” patent plausible?
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answered Is Ronald Ace's “solar trap” patent plausible?
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comment Is Gauss' law valid for time-dependent electric fields?
Any textbook about quantum field theory should have a proof that Maxwell's equations + Lorentz Force Law are the classical limit of QED. (Although sometimes it's left as a homework exercise.)
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answered Is Gauss' law valid for time-dependent electric fields?
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revised Why does normal incidence eliminate the photocarrier effect radiation in this experiment?
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revised Why does normal incidence eliminate the photocarrier effect radiation in this experiment?
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answered Why does normal incidence eliminate the photocarrier effect radiation in this experiment?
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accepted Why are band maxima / minima often (always?) at high-symmetry points?
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comment Why are band maxima / minima often (always?) at high-symmetry points?
@DanielSank - if you make that comment into an answer I'll give you the bounty...
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comment Can the energy/power required to mix two fluids together be calculated?
Definitely requires a full numerical model of the shape of the container, shape and speed of the paddle, etc. Just knowing the work is not going to help.
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comment Why are band maxima / minima often (always?) at high-symmetry points?
Let me rephrase. Let's say the symmetry group has order 12 for example. In principle there can be 1 band maximum, or 2 or 3 or 4 or 6 or 12 maxima (related by symmetry). My question is: Why is it seemingly very rare for 12 maxima to occur, but very common for 1 (or 2 or 3)? After all, if the maximum occurred at a random point in the BZ, there would be 12 maxima with 100% probability.
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revised Why are band maxima / minima often (always?) at high-symmetry points?
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asked Why are band maxima / minima often (always?) at high-symmetry points?
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answered Why are bandstructures plotted only along certain symmetry points?
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comment energy efficiency - dryer vs hang+dehumidifer
Indeed, when it is hot outside, a well-ventilated basement has higher RH than the outdoors: When the outside air enters the basement, the walls (heat-sunk to the soil) cool the air.
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asked energy efficiency - dryer vs hang+dehumidifer
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comment Is this a good explanation of electron mobility to the layman?
"Electricity moves faster" is sorta nonsensical. Maybe you mean "more electrical current flows"?
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answered Is it possible to build a thermoelectric nuclear power plant?
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comment Could anyone help explain this current voltage graph for an LED in liquid nitrogen?
I agree, but it's not a complete answer: You still need to explain why heating the LED might lower the voltage drop.