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Q: In general which laser would cut clear glass more easily, a visible spectrum laser or an infrared laser?

Markoul11Assuming the two lasers have identical characteristics and power output except their wavelength, which one would be more successful and easy in cutting clear glass? In case there is doubt that you can even cut clear glass with a laser, see here these two video demonstrations: Visible spectrum blu...

 
 
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3:53 AM
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Q: Are some protons more massive than others due to spinning at a different rate or being in a more excited state?

Matthew Christopher BartshThe old Usenet Physics FAQ, is a page originally by Matt Austern, says that all protons have identical rest masses, and so do all electrons, and so do all neutrons; these masses can be looked up in a table. As the particle is accelerated to ever higher speeds, its relativistic mass increases w...

 
 
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5:09 AM
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Q: How to prove the det of the dot product of a vector and a Pauli vector **is** minus the vector itself squared?

SHBooKPFrom here I learn that, if Pauli vector is defined as $\boldsymbol\sigma=\sigma_\alpha\hat x_\alpha$, and $\boldsymbol a$ denotes a vector, whose components are all numbers, not matrices, then $$\det(\boldsymbol{a}\cdot\boldsymbol{\sigma})=-\boldsymbol a\cdot\boldsymbol a$$ That website proves ...

 
 
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10:34 AM
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Q: How is momentum conserved in diffraction?

DanSigh. Approaching retirement age and still deeply confused about something I first encountered in highschool 40 years ago. Consider the usual double slit experiment. Make the light source be a laser with a beam 1 mm wide. And put it 5 meters away from the slits. On the other side of the slits the...

 
 
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8:35 PM
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Q: Synchronization of clocks and special relativity

Lee LaindingoldAs shown in the diagram, a long rod has ends A and B, a spaceship is at A. A, B and the spaceship all have clocks attached to them. The clocks are then synchronized to time $t_0$, and immediately The spaceship flies with velocity $u$ relative to the rod from A to B. Suppose relative to the rod, ...

 

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