# Questions tagged [time]

Time is defined operationally to be that which is measured by clocks. The SI unit of time is the second, which is defined to be

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### Time diffeomorphisms breaking in inflation

I am currently working on the topic of inflation. It seems that at the stage of inflation, the universe can be described as a de Sitter space. In such a space, all spacetime diffeomorphisms are ...
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### Why is my approach to the equation of time off by a constant?

I'm trying to better understand the causes for the equation of time by deriving an approximation from first principles. My naive approach, $EOT_{NAIVE}$, is to take the difference between the right ...
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### In the context of condensed matter physics, what does it mean for time to have two dimensions?

In an online article that describes condensed matter physics for laypersons, the author describes various so-called "designer materials" that have exotic properties, including one in which ...
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### Why are the propagators in old-fashioned QED oblique, while in modern QED they are horizontal (or vertical)?

In old-fashioned Quantum Electrodynamics, one can find diagrams such as these (probably Stückelberg was the first to use this notation, a kind of predecessor of Feynman diagrams): In modern QED this ...
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### Correct statement of Birkhoff's theorem (spherically symmetric does not imply static?)

If I understand correctly, the appropriate statement of Birkhoff's theorem in general relativity is that The Schwarzschild metric is the unique spherically symmetric vacuum solution. (Or we might ...
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### What does the time reversibility of the laws of physics mean for causality?

Does the fact that the fundamental laws are symmetric with respect to direction of time show that causation does not exist? Since causality always requires the cause to precede the effect, but laws of ...
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### Expectation value for the time of a photon reflection

A photon is reflected by matter (by an electron in empty space). How long does the reflection take? (i.e. is there any infinitesimal time elapsing during the reflection process?), or more precisely, ...
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### How to prove that a time-oriented spacetime possesses a nowhere vanishing timelike vector field?

Penrose gave a very brief proof to this question. Since the spacetime is paracompact, there exists a positive definite metric called $h_{ab}$. Then, the nowhere vanishing time-like vector field $V^a$ ...
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### What's the connection between being homogeneous in energy and having a proper time scale?

Towards the end of page 8 of this scientific paper, I have found the following sentence: ...given the fact that the system is homogeneous in energy, or equivalently, that it has no proper time ...
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### Can we derive the relation between proper time and the spacetime interval?

In GR, it's usually taken for granted - or as a definition - that the time measured by an observer's clock is related to the geometry in a very simple way, $d\tau^2 = |ds^2|$. This is easy enough to ...
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### Time ordering and Fermions

Having time ordering operator for fermions, should it reverse sign if it swaps operators with opposite spin variable? In other words should $T[c_{t_1,\uparrow}c_{t_2,\downarrow}^\dagger]$ return \$T[...
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### How to make timelike entanglement in the laboratory?

http://io9.com/5744143/particles-can-be-quantum-entangled-through-time-as-well-as-space http://arxiv.org/abs/1101.2565 How to make timelike entanglement in the laboratory? How to test whether mixed ...
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### Is large-scale “time reversal” (Poincaré recurrence) possible given infinite time?

The following are some assumptions I'm basing my question on, from what (little) I understand of physics. I list them so an expert can (kindly) tell me where I'm going wrong. There is a probability ...
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### Line constant in time in Feynman diagrams

I just started reading about Feynman diagrams in Griffith's Introduction to Elementary Particles. Using the convention that time goes to the left, and arrows pointing forward in time represent ...
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### Can a signal calculate its time period?

I wanted to know if a radio wave has some kind of data for example a kind of packet information (if its a thing) and it gets transmitted and gets received by a receiver, then can it calculate the time ...