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# Questions tagged [definition]

The definition tag is used in situations where the question is either about how some term or concept is defined or where the validity of an answer depends on a subtle definition of some term or concept used in the question.

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### Physicist path integral and cylinder set measures

Path integral via discretization So let me start with what seems to be the point of view of physicists (corrections are highly appreciated since this is what I understood!). Let a quantum system with ...
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### Quantum (spin/thermal) Hall v.s. (Spin/Thermal) Quantum Hall effects

Are the following concepts defined correctly, as I understand: Quantum Hall effect is a quantum-mechanical version of the Hall effect, observed in two-dimensional electron systems subjected to low ...
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### What is capacitance, in general?

In circuit analysis software capacitance can be measured between any two nodes of a circuit or of a multiterminal device. In practical terms we take $C_{ij}$, the capacitance between $i$ and $j$ as ...
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### Equivalency of $Q$ Factor Definitions

The Q factor is defined (seemingly) as $$Q=2\pi\frac{\mathrm{energy \, \, stored}}{\mathrm{energy \, \,dissipated \, \, per \, \, cycle}}$$ however on Wikipedia is says that the Q factor can be ...
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### General definition of symmetry in physics?

I've looked at a number of questions on what symmetries are in physics, such as this one, this one and this one. However, I found the questions and answers to be not completely satisfying because they ...
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### Difference between different approximations in QM and other definition of the integral

I am currently studying the path integral formalism by myself and I am a bit lost within all the different way to solve the integrals we have. I have one big question: It sounds maybe a bit strange ...
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### What picture is the $S$-matrix defined in?

I am looking into the definition of the $S$-matrix, and have found two different cases. Firstly I have seen it derived that (see here, link to Google books p110): $$S=U_S(\infty,-\infty)$$ But more ...
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### How is Infinitesimal coordinate transformation related to Lie derivatives?

I am reading the book "Gravitaion and Cosmology" by S. Weinberg. In section 10.9, while discussing Lie derivatives of tensors of different ranks, he makes a general comment: The effect of an ...
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### Holonomy twisting

There is Witten's topological twist of standard SUSY QFTs with enough SUSY into Witten-type TQFTs. What is a holonomy twist?
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### Is renormalization associated with a volume scale or with an energy-momentum and length scale?

Given that real-space renormalization blocks together small volume elements to construct larger volume elements, is it more appropriate/helpful to consider the renormalization scale to be a volume ...
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### Difference between left- and right-handed, helicity and chirality

What is the difference? I know there is the (almost) same question What's the difference between helicity and chirality? but when a particle is given as left-handed. Is it helicity or chirality?
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### Physics Equivalent of IUPAC Gold Book

I wanted to look up a few definitions and found them to vary from source to source so I wondered if there was a book such as IUPAC Gold Book in Chemistry which formally lists and defines almost all ...
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### Positive frequency definition in general spacetime for general fields

In Quantum Field Theory the positive frequency solutions to the classical field equations are quite important since they are the basis of the definition of particles. In Minkowski spacetime we have a ...
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### Definition of one-particle irreducible diagrams

Text books often defines one-Particle Irreducible diagram (1PI diagram) as a connected diagram which does not fall into two pieces if you cut one internal line. Is this internal line the full ...
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### Definition of velocity in classical mechanics

Let $(r_1,r_2,r_3)$ be the coordinates of a particle $r$ in the coordinate system $\phi$. Let $\{\hat{e_1},\hat{e_2},\hat{e_3}\}$ be the coordinate basis of $\phi$. Why do we define the velocity $v$ ...
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### Definition of Galilean structure in Arnold's book?

I am reading Arnold's Mathematical Methods of Classical Mechanics. He quickly introduces the notion of Galilean structure. The universe is defined as the affine space $A^4$ and time is defined as a ...
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### Inertial and gravitational Mass

Why definition of mass is not stated as " the property of object to change radius of curvature of space time fabric is called mass"
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### Cross product of vectors

I am unable to comprehend the following lines given in page 657 of Shankar's Principles of Quantum mechanics: One tricky point: The cross product is defined to be orthogonal to the vectors in the ...
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### How to prove the equivalence of two different definitions of $S$-operator?

I read there are two definitions about $S$-operator: The first one (e.g (8.49) in Greiner's Field Quantization) is: $$S_{fi}\equiv \langle \Psi_p^{-}| \Psi_k^{+}\rangle$$ where $|\Psi_p^{-}\rangle$ ...
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### How to make sense of this definition of a reference frame?

Reference frames in General Relativity seem simple to understand and hard to come out with one agreed definition. In the intuition it represents a certain "point of view" of several observers. In ...
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### What is the general definition of a quench?

I've seen the term "quench" used in many different contexts. It's easy to understand the meaning when the context has a simple physical analogue, such as lowering the temperature of a system to cause ...
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### Can we define tension in a string as the reactive force produced in a string being pulled at both ends?

In my textbook, the definition of tension was given that Tension is the reactive force which exists when string is being stretched at its both end. After it there was a case given that to calculate ...
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### Regular initial data

I have a very basic question. What exactly is meant by "regular" initial data in general relativity? Does it mean smooth? at least $C^{2}$? All literature on the subject just uses this term without ...
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### What is the definition of a Collisional Fluid?

I am unsure whether this means the particles in the fluid must physically collide or does 'collisional' also apply to particles interacting in general, eg via gravity? I cannot find a good definition ...
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### Rigorously define degrees of freedom

I want to understand if there is truly a rigorous definition for the degrees of freedom in a system. Say all of a system's physical states are contained in some set $S$. A seemingly acceptable (and I ...
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### Mathematical formulation of the concept of temperature

We were taught the following. Consider three systems $A$, $B$ and $C$, which have exactly two independent variables each, $(X,Y)$, $(X’,Y’)$ and $(X’’,Y’’)$. Thermal equilibrium for $A$ and $B$ is ...
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### A concise definition of a frame of reference in Newtonian mechanics?

I've read Wikipedia's entry on frame of reference and also followed all of the references cited in the text (Salençon, Brillouin, Norton, etc) but I'm struggling to find any concise definition in all ...
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### What is the difference between acoustic photon and acoustic phonon?

In the book Biomedical Photonics Handbook, 3 Volume Set edited by Tuan Vo-Dinh, it is written : Brillouin Scattering is caused by the interaction of the photon with the acoustic phonon. As the result ...
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### Acoustic, optical, ferromagnetic and antiferromagnetic spin-waves?

In the context of spin-waves I have seen the following words as descriptors*: Acoustic Optical Ferromagnetic Antiferromagnetic which I have seen used together e.g. "acoustic ferromagnetic spin ...
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### What is difference between variations of the work and virtual work?

I really want to know whether or not both equations are the same mathematically. I think that they are the same, I just want to be sure. (Reference: this website.)
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### LHCb Peaking Background

I was reading a paper on the estimation of the branching fraction of B+ to K pi pi gamma. I was wondering whether you could clarify the meaning of peaking background. Thanks!
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### Is there a standard in the manner in which significant figures are used?

I have always understood significant figures to be those figures which we know with certainty. Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Significant_figures) provides a related but less rigid ...