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I am a theoretical astrophysicist working mostly in relativity -- specifically in black holes and gravitational waves.


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revised Will current pass without any resistance?
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revised Is there a scientific term for the right-hand-(grip-)rule?
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answered Is there a scientific term for the right-hand-(grip-)rule?
Jun
11
comment What is the physics of traffic speed limit?
I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because this is a legal/social question, not physics.
Jun
11
awarded  Nice Answer
Jun
10
comment Is the Earth the center of the Solar System?
I agree that we can usually treat the barycenter of the Solar System as if it were inertial. But it's precisely that gradient of the potential that keeps us in the Milky Way. So we can't completely ignore such forces. I think it's important not to make blanket statements that might confuse the physics newbies, because they typically make it their job to find objections to such statements -- and rightly so. :)
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revised Is the Earth the center of the Solar System?
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answered Is the Earth the center of the Solar System?
Jun
8
revised Is entanglement a classical phenomenon (last attempt)?
Correct singular form of phenomena
Jun
8
comment Thought experiment - would you notice if you fell into a black hole?
@shawnhcorey Coordinates can do basically anything you want them to do -- which is one of the main lessons of General Relativity. You really shouldn't downvote a good answer like this just because you don't understand what's going on. Feel free to ask questions, instead.
Jun
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awarded  Guru
Jun
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revised Can I simply reverse the indices in a contraction?
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comment Can I simply reverse the indices in a contraction?
That's true. I was going with Wald, who defines a covariant derivative to be torsion-free. But you're right that people do drop that condition for certain purposes. I'll add that caveat. Thanks!
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revised Thought experiment - would you notice if you fell into a black hole?
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Jun
7
comment How many coils of a wire in an electromagnet would make 100 milliTeslas field?
In principle, yes, you can make the solenoid "walls" as thick as you want. Those formulas you see on the wikipedia page, for example, are for the magnetic field anywhere inside, and they don't say anything about the inner or outer radius of the wires. So you can wind over and over to increase the field strength. But the simpler formulas I used do assume an infinite length solenoid, so if the outer radius of your wires is comparable to the length of your solenoid, those formulas might not be so accurate.
Jun
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awarded  Good Answer
Jun
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revised Why do our ears pop?
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comment Why do our ears pop?
This was poorly worded. All I meant to say was that Bernoulli's principle is used, not an increase in the speed of the air. But you're right that it sounds wrong. I'll give it another go. Thanks.
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