Questions tagged [resource-recommendations]

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Compact QED in different dimensions

I would like to find papers, reviews or books where I can read more information about compact QED in different dimensions. I have read the chapter about compact QED in Polyakov's books but it is so ...
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What is a good introductory textbook to Laser Safety?

I was looking for a good textbook about Laser Safety (e.g. protection glasses design, distance of risk calculation, laser classification...). I can't find a complete book with these informations, ...
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What's a good book on supersymmetric quantum mechanics for an undergraduate?

I'm a third-year undergraduate student, and halfway through a seminar on quantum mechanics, my second course in the subject. This semester, we've used Townsend's A Modern Approach to Quantum Mechanics,...
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Quantum Derivation of Electric Susceptibility

I've spent quite a while looking into classical models for electric susceptibility, including some semi-classical extensions to the idea, based around concepts such as effective electron mass. However,...
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Reference on quantization of linearized gravity

I often see claims saying that quantization of linearized gravity can be done. Is there some standard references for it? such as original papers/ review papers / textbooks etc.
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Non-eq QFT: functional formalism

I am looking for references (papers, books etc.) where I can find pedagogical introduction to non-eq QFT without hamiltonian approach. I mean that an author start from writing down the generating ...
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Literature recommendations for superconductivity

What text books / review papers give an easy introduction to superconductivity? The literature should be suitable for Master students with some background knowledge in theoretical solid state physics ...
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Gamma from U238 decay chain

Where can I find detailed information on the gamma background from the U238 decay chain? Edit: Thank you for your replies. I need to find all the branching ratios and extract information of all the ...
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Feynman diagrams: from QFT to condensed matter

I studied Feynman diagrams in quantum field theories and I'm going to study them in the context of condensed matter physics. In this post Books for Condensed Matter after Ashcroft/Mermin, two books ...
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Resource on free conformal field theory [duplicate]

In QFT, it is easy to find resource on a free scalar quantum field theory. When I tried to search for a free conformal field theory, I could not find a good resource. Can anyone either give some ...
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Physics of time running backwards

Although it would seem weird to analyze physical phenomena when time runs backwards, it seems to have a logical sense, at least for me: Entropy would tend to decrease: two balls having energy ...
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Looking for high dimensional integral problems in statistical physics

I've currently working on a Monte Carlo Estimation of high dimensional integrals. I'm wondering if there is a list of well-studied high dimensional integral (50-100 dimensions) integrals in ...
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Focusing of a cylindrical mirror in X-ray optics

Focusing cylindrical mirror are sometimes used to squeeze a photon beam in one direction. They can be vertically focusing or horizontally focusing, and such mirrors are typically used in X-Ray optics ...
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Book recommendations : Classical Mechanics [duplicate]

I know this question has been asked so many times on this website but neither do the questions nor the answers satisfy my requirements accordingly. I'm yet to go to a university with a keen interest ...
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How does Bohmian Mechanics explain superconductivity?

I'm looking for sources that discuss how Bohmian Mechanics explains superconductivity. Are there still Cooper pairs? Phonons? I saw one vague reference to vortices, but no details. This is my first ...
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Variational Navier-Stokes: where to find study material “for dummies”?

I have worked with the Navier Stokes equations before but I'm a physicist. I was talking to a mathematician and they use a complete different notation and I am very lost. First of all, I use the ...
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Statistical Mechanics & Dynamical Systems

As a (theoretical) physics student I've taken (advanced) undergrad courses in both statistical mechanics and dynamical systems (which was purely mathematical, treatment of nonlinear differential ...
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Looking for lecture videos that follow Arnold's Mathematical Methods of Classical Mechanics

I'm an undergrad and I'm looking for lecture videos (on youtube and such) that follow this textbook. My course roughly follows it, but glosses over some mathematical details that I feel would be ...
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Prerequisites on Yang Mills Theory [duplicate]

I was wondering of what kind of subject are necessary to study the Yang - Mills theory from basic university level. Can you suggest some good book for subject?
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Quantum field theory books for laymen? [duplicate]

I was watching David Tong's lecture on quantum field theory here and even as an almost complete beginner to university level physics, I understood most of it and it has made me very interested in ...
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Program for calculating transition amplitudes

I calculated transition amplitudes with MBPT analytically and used Slater-Condon rules. Now I have a very long expression and I would like to solve my matrix elements. Does someone know a program for ...
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Wiedemann-Franz law derivation book recommendation

Can you recommend a good book with a thorough derivation. I know I'm more likely to find in a condensed matter book or a book on conductors but any recommendation would be appreciated, bonus if it ...
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Rigorous Treatment of Quantum Tensor Operators

Recently, my classes have introduced me to the idea of spherical tensors and the Wigner-Eckart (WE) Theorem, but my previous classes on tensors had emphasis on things like covariance, contravariance, ...
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Phase separation in physics

I would like to familiarize myself with the current literature about phase separation. please direct me to statistical/thermodynamics theories of phase separation. Has phase separation been adopted ...
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Books, papers, etc on Lorentz and Poincare groups/algebras/etc

I'm currently trying to learn more about the Lorentz- and Poincare Lie-algebras and the representation theory about them. But I'm really struggling with the material that we were given and I'm also ...
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Luttinger liquid reference

I'm looking for some references for an introduction to the Luttinger liquid.
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Numerically Stable Light Absorption Density Calculation

I am reading through the documentation provided by Lumerical concerning light absorption per unit volume : https://kb.lumerical.com/layout_analysis_pabs_simple.html Lumerical says that: It can be ...
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Reference request on Bogoliubov de Gennes (BdG) formalism

I have tried to gain an understanding about the BdG formalism by just following the calculations I found here and there of people bringing their superconducting Hamiltonians into matrix forms but I am ...
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Any recommended resources for a total beginner with no real maths training? [duplicate]

I'm a philosophy student whose knowledge of physics is fairly piecemeal - I've read a few books (prominently Rovelli's Reality Is Not What It Seems) but want to know more. I don't currently have the ...
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Mathematics textbooks to understand Jackson electrodynamics

I want a very solid mathematics background that will make going through Jackson's text less challenging. What books would you recommend?
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Resources on Gubeser-Klebanov-Polyakov (GKP) strings and N=4 Super-Yang Mills dual description

*I have learned recently that the Gubeser-Klebanov-Polyakov string / folded string in AdS3 (if I recall correctly, and I assume with some additional virasoro constraints, etc) is dual to large-spin ...
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Looking for a textbook on electromagnetism [duplicate]

I am looking for a free physics textbook on electromagnetism that wouldn't throw at me things to remember rather I'd love to have something which builds notions block by block, deriving coulomb's law ...
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Good book on Statics and Dynamics [duplicate]

Could you please suggest a good book on statics and dynamics. The portions I have to cover include Statics : Equilibrium in 2&3 dimensions, Virtual work,Common catenary etc Dynamics : ...
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Books recommended as requisites for understanding general relativity to the fullest? [duplicate]

Saw some questions here which asks for what a student should know but couldn't find a complete list of recommended books for the maths and physics one needs to know. The answers can serve as a journey ...
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What are good, reliable databases of atomic spectra?

I am looking for a database of atomic spectra, which contains atomic levels and their energies, electronic configurations, angular-momentum characteristics and lifetimes, and atomic transitions and ...
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Differential Equations for Physicists

I find differential equations in physics to be quite challenging so I'm looking for a book to help me master them. I'm familiar with solving ordinary differential equations via seperation of ...
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Quantum field theory notes recommendation [duplicate]

I am looking for either textbook or notes that thoroughly present problems and their solutions that arise in the basic Quantum field theory (Klein-Gordon, Dirac, Noether, interaction lagrangian and ...
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A good instruction on Symmetry enriched Topological phases

I am looking for a good introduction to SETs, and topologically ordered phaeses it should be something describing first principles and gives a good explanation on the basics and the logic of this ...
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Massless $\phi^4$ theory

Most of the standard textbooks on QFT discuss in some detail the massive $\phi^4$ theory in 4d space-time. I would be interested to see a discussion of massless $\phi^4$ theory (in fact other non-...
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Electrodynamics of inhomogeneous media

I'm interested in electromagnetic scattering and for that purpose I would like to write out Maxwell's equations for space-dependent permittivity (and permeability). Actually I only need them for ...
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Where can I find the detailed calculation for the mass of the lights Higgs boson in MSSM?

can somebody mention where the mass of the lights Higgs boson in MSSM (minimal supersymmetric standard model) is discussed? I need a detailed and thorough explanation of the subject mater. I ...
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Where can I learn about connections between economics and physics?

I understand that there are a lot of concepts in economics motivated by physics so I was wondering if anyone would be able to recommend me some sources to learn about these things. Ideally, a textbook ...
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Order parameter and Bose-Einstein condensation

I want to study about order parameter and symmetry breaking related to bose einstein condensation in interacted system. Which book i should read? also i want to learn this in second quantization ...
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Book recommendation for second look at GR [duplicate]

Between Hawking & Ellis and Wald, which one would be the better choice to follow up a graduate-level course in GR (based off of Carroll's book)? If not either of those two, does anyone have any ...
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References in diffusion of quantum state

I would like to know if there are books, articles or any other type of references where a (heuristic) derivation of the equation: \begin{eqnarray} \textrm{d}|\psi(t)\rangle=-\frac{i}{\hbar}H_{\textrm{...
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Heterogeneous nucleation theory books or articles

I'm looking for books or fundamental articles about the heterogeneous nucleation theory. I'd like to understand the main effects driving it, with concrete examples. If you have any idea plz tell me.
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What is a good site to use for finding physical constants at times when NIST web resources are affected by government shutdowns?

There are multiple resources for finding physical constants (say, particle data, atomic spectra, or even special-function identities) which are generally hosted by NIST, and which form essential ...
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Physics Resources for Learning Physics intuitively and deeply,right from high school to graduate level? [duplicate]

I am Deeply Interested in learning physics from scratch And I am quite serious about it.Please recommend the right resources,books,lectures etc to learn physics from scratch.I lay a lot of emphasis on ...
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Problems reading Ramond's book [duplicate]

I am currently going through Ramond's book Field Theory: A Modern Primer. I've found it however extremely difficult to solve the problems with the material presented. Does anyone have any ...