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suggested rejected edit on Determine whether the ground state is an eigenfunction of [p] and of [p^2]
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answered Determine whether the ground state is an eigenfunction of [p] and of [p^2]
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comment What is the process that gives mass to free relativitic particles?
And with it you lose the opportunity to push the understanding of mass beyond the Newtonian level, while unnecessarily adding all the excess incorrect physics as outlined by Michael Brown.
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comment What is the process that gives mass to free relativitic particles?
"Drag is wrong". Precisely! Hence why it's a bad way to describe the mechanism. It obscures its real nature. Certainly it's an interaction term, but the gap between QFT interaction and our classical intuition about objects moving through fluids is such a long one that I don't think it's a particularly enlightening analogy.
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revised What is the process that gives mass to free relativitic particles?
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comment What is the process that gives mass to free relativitic particles?
I'll add an edit to make explicit the non-zero part, which may not be clear.
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comment What is the process that gives mass to free relativitic particles?
How on earth does the viscous analogy capture any of that? It suggests drag, which is plainly wrong. The "Higgs potential energy" I referred to is exactly the interaction term you mention, just put in more layman's terms.
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comment Show that for QM operator A: $\int_{-\infty}^{\infty}\psi A^{\dagger}A\psi dx = \int_{-\infty}^{\infty}(A\psi)^*(A\psi)dx $
Sorry, made a complete hash of that (the lessons of not posting answers just before you go to bed).
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answered Show that for QM operator A: $\int_{-\infty}^{\infty}\psi A^{\dagger}A\psi dx = \int_{-\infty}^{\infty}(A\psi)^*(A\psi)dx $
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comment Do some half-lives change over time?
Thanks, OP here (sorry, couldn't remember password, had to sign in under a different name). I did consider what you mention, but it doesn't seem to fit particularly well with having two distinct categories of radionuclide. I suspect the answer is one or both of a) the student's misremembering what the teacher said and/or b) the teacher talking nonsense. Wouldn't be the first time...
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comment Why do physicists believe that particles are pointlike?
If we stick in non-polynomial terms in the lagrangian (eg. $\sin[\phi]$, $\phi^{3/2}$ terms), are we smearing out the interactions?