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Category Archives: Phase Transitions
A New Cosmological View?
Mathematics is not the rigid and rigidityproducing schema that the layman thinks it is; rather, in it we find ourselves at that meeting point of constraint and freedom that is the very essence of human nature. – Hermann Weyl Perspective … Continue reading
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Phase Transitions and the Unparticles
Another Odd Thing About Unparticle PhysicsHoward Georgi The peculiar propagator of scale invariant unparticles has phases that produce unusual patterns of interference with standard model processes. We illustrate some of these effects in e+e− → µ+µ−. To be a bit … Continue reading
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Lingua Cosmica
It looks as though primes tend to concentrate in certain curves that swoop away to the northwest and southwest, like the curve marked by the blue arrow. (The numbers on that curve are of the form x(x+1) + 41, the … Continue reading
The Multiverse is like a….Flower?
Alexander Vilenkin The implications of inflation are particularly important in the context of the landscape of string theory. One of the leading researchers studying how inflationary cosmology evolves through the landscape is Alex Vilenkin, a theoretical physicist at Tufts who … Continue reading
What is the False Vacuum?
Quantum Field Theory Quantum Vacuum: In classical physics, empty space is called the vacuum. The classical vacuum is utterly featureless. However, in quantum theory, the vacuum is a much more complex entity. The uncertainty principle allows virtual particles (each corresponding … Continue reading
The EDge of Chaos
The animation shows schematically the behavior of the gas molecules in the presence of a gravitational field. We can see in this figure that the concentration of molecules at the bottom of the vessel is higher than the one at … Continue reading
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Writing Your Story of Creation?
“No container is available, and the vaporization must occur in vacuum.” Wozniak With all that energy concentrated in a space about the size of an atomic nucleus, the colliding ions, for a tiny fraction of a second, will reach a … Continue reading
Intuitively Compelling
While it does appear that Einstein has indeed given us a paradigm which was indeed worldchanging and affected everyone, how well might he have known himself? He was “driven,” as to the” focus and outcome” of GR’s growth? Yet, being … Continue reading
Why Higher Energies?
I guess I don’t have to tell anyone how confusing all this stuff is and the need for a consistent picture to arise out of it. New physics beyond the standard model of particle physics and parallel universes by Rainer … Continue reading
Phase Transitions?
G > H > … > SU(3) x SU(2) x U(1) > SU(3) x U(1) Here, each arrow represents a symmetry breaking phase transition where matter changes form and the groups – G, H, SU(3), etc. – represent the different … Continue reading