By Sidney B. Cahn, Gerald D. Mahan, Boris E. Nadgorny, Max Dresden

In order to equip hopeful graduate scholars with the data essential to go the qualifying exam, the authors have assembled and solved regular and unique difficulties from significant American universities – Boston college, collage of Chicago, college of Colorado at Boulder, Columbia, college of Maryland, college of Michigan, Michigan kingdom, Michigan Tech, MIT, Princeton, Rutgers, Stanford, Stony Brook, collage of Tennessee at Knoxville, and the college of Wisconsin at Madison – and Moscow Institute of Physics and know-how. quite a lot of fabric is roofed and comparisons are made among related difficulties of other colleges to supply the scholar with sufficient details to think cozy and assured on the examination. Guide to Physics Problems is released in volumes: this e-book, Part 2, covers Thermodynamics, Statistical Mechanics and Quantum Mechanics; Part 1, covers Mechanics, Relativity and Electrodynamics.

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Show how, if the Pauli exclusion principle is not to be violated, the distribution function above sets a lower limit on the mass of this neutrino. c) Using the observations and the result of part (a), estimate this lower limit (in units of and comment on whether current measurements of neutrino masses allow Draco to be held together in the manner suggested. 80 39 Einstein Coefficients (Stony Brook) You have two-state atoms in a thermal radiation field at temperature T. The following three processes take place: 1) Atoms can be promoted from state 1 to state 2 by absorption of a photon according to 2) Atoms can decay from state 2 to state 1 by spontaneous emission according to 3) Atoms can decay from state 2 to state 1 by stimulated emission according to The populations density is and are in thermal equilibrium, and the radiation a) What is the ratio b) Calculate the ratios of coefficients and c) From the ratio of stimulated to spontaneous emission, how does the pump power scale with wavelength when you try to make shortwavelength lasers?

Assume that there is no flow back to the container. Give a qualitative argument and compute this ratio. c) How much heat must you transfer to/from the container to keep the temperature of the gas constant? 15 Surface Contamination (Wisconsin-Madison) A surface scientist wishes to keep an exposed surface “clean” adsorbed monolayer) for an experiment lasting for times h at a temperature Estimate the needed data and calculate a value for the required background pressure in the apparatus if each incident molecule sticks to the surface.

Measurements on Draco yield and light years). is the “core” radius, where the density has decreased by close to a factor of 2 from its value at a) Using the virial theorem, write a very rough (order of magnitude) relation between and b) Assume that most of the mass in Draco resides in one species of massive neutrino. Show how, if the Pauli exclusion principle is not to be violated, the distribution function above sets a lower limit on the mass of this neutrino. c) Using the observations and the result of part (a), estimate this lower limit (in units of and comment on whether current measurements of neutrino masses allow Draco to be held together in the manner suggested.

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