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Can we stop an electron?

In some scientific movies I saw that when they want to demonstrate the double slit experiment they compare marbles (in not quantum world) to electron (in quantum world) because both of them have mass ...
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Matter and Antimatter [closed]

I'm a noob when it comes to physics and most of my knowledge of physics comes from popular science; it's more likely that I'm wrong than not about this. From what I've understood; Matter and anti-...
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Can matter have 100% reflection?

Is it possible to have matter that reflects all the light and does not absorb light at all? If thats possible then we can store light inside it right? I think we can trap light inside that matter in ...
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What is $\mathcal{L}_M$?

Usually we derive the Einstein field equation in vacuum starting from E-H action $$S= \int{\sqrt{-g}d^4x(\frac{c^4}{16\pi G})R}.$$ But in case we wanted to get $$R_{\mu\nu}-\frac{1}{2}g_{\mu\nu}R=\...
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Is antimatter attracted to matter by its opposite electric charge?

As it is said by many physicists that antimatter is just opposite of matter; it has opposite charge of matter, then is there is any possibility that antimatter is attracted to matter? For example - ...
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How can a finite amount of matter be uniformly distributed in a flat, infinite space?

There are some properties of the Universe I find in the (mostly popular) literature which are often described as "the most probable in case of our Universe". I can't put them together in a way that ...
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What exactly is $T_{\mu\nu}$?

Continuous matter is described in special relativity by the matter tensor which is the so-called stress-energy-momentum tensor. I am finding a difficulty understanding how a tensorial tool (...
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How do matter and antimatter interact gravitationally?

Me and my brother were watching television tonight, and he asked me a question that was somewhat along the lines of this: What would happen if the Earth was made of matter, and the moon was made of ...
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What really is mass?

I was always taught that mass was how much matter something is made of, but I recently read that it is how resistant an object is to acceleration; as such, you could add mass to an object by ...
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Any scientific basis behind “crystal energy”? [closed]

I always hear people talking very loosely about the terms "vibration" and "energy" in relation to crystals. Is there any scientific basis in "crystal energy" or is it purely metaphysical ...
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Fire: Understanding the states of matter and its mass

If the fire is a state of matter (plasma) and every matter has mass. My question is: how we can calculate the mass of a fire?
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What happens to the $PV=nRT$ formula as the gas enters the liquid phase?

The formula $PV = nRT$ explains the relationship between pressure, volume and temperature in terms of the quantity of gas present in a container. I'm trying to understand how these are related once ...
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Why does dark energy seem to push things apart? [duplicate]

Ordinary matter acts to slow down the expansion of the universe. That makes intuitive sense, because the matter is exerting a gravitational force, acting to pull things together. Moreover, dark ...
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Does every particle/ substance belongs to one of the state of matter?

Does every particle/ substance belongs to one of the state of matter? If yes, then which of the state does these belong to?: Light (consider it as matter or wave) Nucleons Electron
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The EFE - The 'Mother' of all equations of motion in the universe?

This question addresses the scope of general relativity. Scientists and engineers solve all sorts of physical problems in all sorts of fields and often to solve these problems a 'system' is defined ...
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Photons have a property from the matter they interact with?

When a photon leaves its source and hits our eye, our brain sees the source of the photon (Like a lightbulb or a star). When a photon is ejected from its source and bounces off of an object we see the ...
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What is the magnetic property of an alloy?

If an alloy is made between a diamagnetic and a paramagnetic substance or paramagnetic and a ferromagnetic substance or a diamagnetic and a ferromagnetic substance, what will be the resulting magnetic ...
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What really happens when matter and antimatter combine? [duplicate]

When Energy is converted to matter, we know equal amounts of matter and antimatter are produced. What happens when matter and antimatter combine?
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What is the mix of ordinary mass vs. ordinary radiating energy in the universe?

I have seen data showing that the estimated mix of dark energy in the universe is 68.3%, the mix of dark matter is 26.8% and the mix of ordinary matter is 4.9%1. However, within "ordinary matter," ...
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Asymmetry vs. Simple Statistics WRT Matter / Antimatter Ratios

I'm not clear on why physicists suspect, and are looking for, an asymmetry in nature that favors matter over antimatter. Here's a simple thought experiment to illustrate my confusion: Assume I have ...
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C&CP-Symmetry Violation in Baryogenesis

In cosmology, during the big bang; how does C-Symmetry violation allow for a greater number of baryons to be produced than anti-baryons in Baryogenesis, similarly how does CP-Symmetry tie into this?
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Are we all moving at $c$? [duplicate]

Is it true to say that all matter in the universe is travelling with velocity c through spacetime, but that for baryonic matter most of that velocity is through the time dimensions rather than the XYZ ...
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Matter: how much of it exists?

This might be not a proper SE site, redirect it please to the correct if this resource is not a proper place to ask; I'm not a scientist/researcher, so may be I'm missing something well-known. My ...
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Why is the definition of mass and matter interlinked?

In my textbook the definition of matter and mass are: Matter: Any thing that occupies space and has mass . Mass: The amount of matter contained in a body. While defining "matter" we refer to "mass",...
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Is it possible to have infinite combinations in reality?

On a yoghurt advert, the voiceover claimed that you have infinite combinations with it. However, given that there is a finite amount of matter, is it possible to have infinite combinations with the ...
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If 99% of an atom empty, and our body is made of atoms, does that mean 99% of our body is empty? [duplicate]

If 99% of an atom empty, and if we say that our body is made of atoms stacked together, then why is our body a solid object, rather than 99% hollow. I have one probable answer that I think might be ...
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What did Tesla mean by “there is no energy in matter”?

I was reading "THE ETERNAL SOURCE OF ENERGY OF THE UNIVERSE, ORIGIN AND INTENSITY OF COSMIC RAYS" by Nikola Tesla, and he states: "There is no energy in matter except that absorbed from the medium....
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Is plasma an intermediate stage of matter? [duplicate]

Can it truly be called a stable state? Fire is stable while it has fuel but isn't it really just a transition point for solid to gas?
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Are atoms compressible?

Liquids are not compressible, but what does compressible mean? Does it mean the increase in the density or decrease in volume? Or something else? Why are liquids incompressible, in a way nothing ...
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Where does the majority of the mass of the usual matter come from? [duplicate]

I apologize in advance to experts for the naivety of the question. It should be a duplicate but I didn't find any satifying question or answer about that. The proton is composed by two up quarks ...
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If atoms are mostly empty space, why doesn't light pass through everything?

Atoms are mostly empty space, and although I now understand why matter doesn't pass through other matter, why don't photons pass through the empty space of the atoms? Is it the same sort of idea as ...
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Treating matter waves as light waves?

Is it valid to treat a matter wave as a light wave with wavelength equal to the de Broglie wavelength of the matter wave? Either way please can you explain why?
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Good layman definition of the critical point(phases) and supercriticality

I've heard of this point among others, but never really got what it meant. Wikipedia makes one's head spin. The only thing I picked up is that it occurs between liquid and gas, and displays ...
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What compounds or elements only have one phase or two phases?

Wood appears to be one. I think gases like helium and hydrogen cannot exist in the solid state under normal pressures, correct? And why do those "phase cheaters"-- those elements/compounds which ...
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Is there an Ideal Liquid Law? Or Solid Law?

There is an Ideal Gas Law, but why isn't there one for liquids or solids? Is it because they are much too hard to predict or that solids and liquids vary drastically in their reaction to temperature ...
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What--is the Ultimate Limit of heat based off c? [duplicate]

As heat goes up, molecules start moving at a faster rate. A gas molecule, if unhindered, could speed across the United States in three hours. I don't even want to know about plasma. But if heat ...
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Do different plasmas from different elements have different properties?

If so, what are some differences? Like between iron and gold? EDIT: Sorry, I need to clarify: By 'difference' I mean... do they retain their chemical properties from more normal temperatures? Like is ...
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Does our universe have an even distribution of matter in every direction

It occurred to me that it does since gravity in the space I exist appears to be uniform Ie there is no net movement of objects I observe in a particular direction. I maybe speaking from classical ...
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Contact forces and the structure of matter

Textbooks on introductory physics depict friction force as a result of interatomic forces. Matter is made of atoms and those atoms have eletric bounds. In turn, those eletric bounds are responsible ...
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Doesn't the Big Bang negate the law of conservation of matter? [duplicate]

I was watching Hawking (2004 film) and in the movie, Hawking has a sudden insight that all the matter and energy observed in the known universe may, in fact, have sprung out from nothing (singularity) ...
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How can anti-matter annihilate matter?

I heard that anti-particles annihilate when in contact with normal-particles but the odd thing is that in fusion reaction normal-particles often "fuse" into each other but the weak force often ...
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Does mass curve space?

Just to be sure, according to the theory of General Relativity, my understanding is that mass curves space-time. My question is, can mass also curve space?
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What distinguishes the difference states of matter from solid to BEC and perhaps fermionic condensate? [closed]

Is it something to do with the behavior of electrons? How many states are there either discovered or predicted?
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What are the “generations of matter”?

After a series of clicks on New Scientist and Wikipedia, I ended up on the Wiki article for "generations of matter", and I didn't quite understand it. I believe (and this may be wrong) that different ...
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Does every material thing just consist in forces?

My dad's an aeronautical engineer. The other day, I visited a pub with him. A friend of his introduced him to someone who told us he was an electrical engineer. My dad replied with what I presume was ...
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Does matter become energy at the speed of light? [closed]

According to modern physics, we can't push matter to the speed of light. It would slow down (relative to its environment). But theoretically, if matter were to travel the speed of light, would it ...
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In Bohmian mechanics, how does the particle's position affect where a particle is detected?

In Bohmian mechanics / pilot wave theory / de Broglie–Bohm theory, my understanding is that a particle's trajectory evolves based on its wave function, and that the position that particle is detected ...
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How do particles interact in Bohmian mechanics / pilot wave theory / de Broglie–Bohm theory?

I've read that in the de Broglie–Bohm interpretation of QM, the particle directed by its wavefunction has a trajectory (meaning both position and velocity) and that these are the only properties ...
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Why can't we run through walls like Harry Potter? [duplicate]

This is a very simple and stupid question but ever since I watched the first Harry Potter and saw Harry and his friends run through a wall at King's Cross Station I have wondered what keeps us from ...
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Mass without Matter?

My cursory studies of general relativity had introduced me to the concept of how gravity is associated with the warping of spacetime and that the presence of matter in space warps space and this ...