Pr obl em 1
Ec l i pses of t he J upi t er s Sat el l i t e
A long time ago before scientists could measure the speed of light accurately, O Rmer, a
Danish astronomer studied the time eclipses of the Jupiters satellite. He was able to
determine the speed of light from observed periods of a satellite around the planet Jupiter.
Figure 1 shows the orbit of the earth E around the sun S and one of the satellites M
around the planet Jupiter. (He observed the time spent between two successive
emergences of the satellite M from behind Jupiter).
A long series of observations of the eclipses permitted an accurate evaluation of the
period of M. The observed period T depends on the relative position of the earth with
respect to the frame of reference SJ as one of the coordinate axes. The average time of
revolution is T
0
= 42h 28 m 16s and maximum observed period is ( T
0
+ 15)s.
Figure 1 : The orbits of the earth E around the sun and a satellite M around Jupiter J. The
average distance of the earth E to the Sun is R
E
= 149.6 x 10
6
. The maximum distance is
R
E,max
= 1.015 R
E
. The period of revolution of the earth is 365 days and of Jupiter is 11.9
years. The distance of the satellite M to the planet Jupiter R
M
= 422 x 10
3
km.
a. Use Newtons law of gravitation to estimate the distance of Jupiter to the Sun. Determine
the relative angular velocity of the earth with respect to the frame of reference Sun
Jupiter (SJ). Calculate the speed of the earth with respect to SJ.
b. Take a new frame which Jupiter is at rest with respect to the Sun. Determine the relative
angular velocity of the earth with respect to the frame of reference SunJupiter ( SJ).
Calculate the speed of the earth with respect to SJ.
c. Suppose an observed saw M begin to emerge from the shadow when his position was at
k
and the next emergence when he was at
k+ 1
, k = 1,2,3, From these observations he
got the apparent periods of revolution T ( t
k
) as a function of time t
k
from Figure 1 and
then use an approximate expression to explain how the distance influences the observed
periods of revolution of M. Estimate the relative error of your approximate distance.
2
d. Derive the relation between d ( t
k
) and T ( t
k
). Plot period T ( t
k
) as a function of time
of observation t
k
. Find the positions of the earth when he observed maximum period,
minimum period and true period of the satellite M.
e. Estimate the speed of light from the above result. Pont out sources of errors of your
estimation and calculate the order of magnitude of the error.
f. We know that the mass of the earth = 5.98 x 10
24
kg and 1 month = 27d 7h 3m. Find the
mass of the planet Jupiter.
3
Pr obl em 2
Det ec t i on of Al pha Par t i c l es
We are constantly being exposed to radiation, either natural or artificial. With tha
advance of nuclear power reactors and utilization of radioisotopes in agriculture,
industry, biology and medicine, the number of man made prepared (artificial) radioactive
sources is also increasing every year. One type of the radiation emitted by radioactive
materials is alpha () particles (doubly ionized helium atom having two units of positive
charge and four units of nuclear mass).
The detection of particles by electrical means is based on their ability to produce
ionization when passing through gas and other substance. For particle in air at normal
(atmospheric) pressure, there is an empirical relation between the mean range R
and its
energy E
R
= 0.318
3/2
( 1 )
Where R
5
Pr obl em 3
St ew ar t Tol man Ef f ec t
In 1917, Stewart and Tolman discovered a flow of current through a coil wound around a
cylinder rotated axially with certain angular acceleration.
Consider a great number of rings, with the radius each, made of a thin metallic wire
with resistance R. The rings have been put in a uniform way on very long glass cylinder,
which is vacuum inside. Their positions on the cylinder are fixed by gluing the rings to
the cylinder. The number of rings per unit of length along the symmetry axis is n. The
planes containing the rings are perpendicular to the symmetry axis of the cylinder.
At some moment the cylinder starts a rotational movement around its symmetry axis with
an acceleration .Find the value of the magnetic field B at the center of the cylinder
(after a sufficiently long time). We assume that the electric charge e of an electron, and
the electron mass m are known.
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Theoretical Question 1
When will the Moon become a Synchronous Satellite?
The period of rotation of the Moon about its axis is currently the same as its
period of revolution about the Earth so that the same side of the Moon always faces
the Earth. The equality of these two periods presumably came about because of
actions of tidal forces over the long history of the EarthMoon system.
However, the period of rotation of the Earth about its axis is currently shorter
than the period of revolution of the Moon. As a result, lunar tidal forces continue to
act in a way that tends to slow down the rotational speed of the Earth and drive the
Moon itself further away from the Earth.
In this question, we are interested in obtaining an estimate of how much more
time it will take for the rotational period of the Earth to become equal to the period of
revolution of the Moon. The Moon will then become a synchronous satellite,
appearing as a fixed object in the sky and visible only to those observers on the side
of the Earth facing the Moon. We also want to find out how long it will take for the
Earth to complete one rotation when the said two periods are equal.
Two righthanded rectangular coordinate systems are adopted as reference
frames. The third coordinate axes of these two systems are parallel to each other and
normal to the orbital plane of the Moon.
(I)The first frame, called the CM frame, is an inertial frame with its origin located at
the center of mass C of the EarthMoon system.
(II)The second frame, called the xyz frame, has its origin fixed at the center O of the
Earth. Its zaxis coincides with the axis of rotation of the Earth. Its xaxis is along
the line connecting the centers of the Moon and the Earth, and points in the
direction of the unit vector as shown in Fig.1a. The Moon remains always on the
negative xaxis in this frame.
Note that distances in Fig.1a are not drawn to scale. The curved arrows show
the directions of the Earth's rotation and the Moon's revolution. The EarthMoon
distance is denoted by r.
M
C
O
Earth
Moon
y
x
Fig. 1a
APHO II 2001 Theoretical Question 1 p. 2 / 3
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The following data are given:
(a) At present, the distance between the Moon and the Earth is and
increases at a rate of 0.038 m per year.
(b) The period of revolution of the Moon is currently = 27.322 days.
(c) The mass of the Moon is .
(d) The radius of the Moon is .
(e) The period of rotation of the Earth is currently = 23.933 hours.
(f) The mass of the Earth is .
(g) The radius of the Earth is .
(h) The universal gravitational constant is .
The following assumptions may be made when answering questions:
(i) The EarthMoon system is isolated from the rest of the universe.
(ii) The orbit of the Moon about the Earth is circular.
(iii) The axis of rotation of the Earth is perpendicular to the orbital plane of the Moon.
(iv) If the Moon is absent and the Earth does not rotate, then the mass distribution of
the Earth is spherically symmetric and the radius of the Earth is .
(v) For the Earth or the Moon, the moment of inertia I about any axis passing through
its center is that of a uniform sphere of mass M and radius R, i.e. .
(vi) The water around the Earth is stationary in the xyz frame.
Answer the following questions:
(1) With respect to the center of mass C, what is the current value of the total angular
momentum L of the EarthMoon system?
(2) When the period of rotation of the Earth and the period of revolution of the Moon
become equal, what is the duration of one rotation of the Earth? Denote the answer
as T and express it in units of the present day. Only an approximate solution is
required so that iterative methods may be used.
(3) Consider the Earth to be a rotating solid sphere covered with a surface layer of
water and assume that, as the Moon moves around the Earth, the water layer is
stationary in the xyzframe. In one model, frictional forces between the rotating
solid sphere and the water layer are taken into account. The faster spinning solid
Earth is assumed to drag lunar tides along so that the line connecting the tidal
bulges is at an angle with the xaxis, as shown in Fig.1b. Consequently, lunar
tidal forces acting on the Earth will exert a torque about O to slow down the
rotation of the Earth.
The angle is assumed to be constant and independent of the EarthMoon
distance r until it vanishes when the Moon's revolution is synchronous with the
Earth's rotation so that frictional forces no longer exist. The torque therefore
APHO II 2001 Theoretical Question 1 p. 3 / 3
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scales with the EarthMoon distance and is proportional to .
According to this model, when will the rotation of the Earth and the
revolution of the Moon have the same period? Denote the answer as and
express it in units of the present year.
The following mathematical formulae may be useful when answering questions:
(M1) For and :
(M2) If and , then
Moon
Earth
O
Fig.1b
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Theoretical Question 2
Motion of an Electric Dipole in a Magnetic Field
In the presence of a constant and uniform magnetic field , the translational motion of a
system of electric charges is coupled to its rotational motion. As a result, the conservation laws
for the momentum and the component of the angular momentum along the direction of are
modified from the usual form. This is illustrated in this problem by considering the motion of an
electric dipole made of two particles of equal mass m and carrying charges q and
respectively ( q > 0 ). The two particles are connected by a rigid insulating rod of length , the
mass of which can be neglected. Let be the position vector of the particle with charge q,
that of the other particle and = . Denote by the angular velocity of the rotation
around the center of mass of the dipole. Denote by and the position and the velocity
vectors of the center of mass respectively. Relativistic effects and effects of electromagnetic
radiation can be neglected.
Note that the magnetic force acting on a particle of charge q and velocity is ,
where the cross product of two vectors is defined, in terms of the x, y, z, components of
the vectors, by
( )
x
( )
y
( )
z
( )
z
( )
y
( )
y
( )
z
( )
x
( )
x
( )
z
( )
z
( )
x
( )
y
( )
y
( )
x
.
(1) Conservation Laws
(a) Write down the equations of motion for the center of mass of the dipole and for the
rotation around the center of mass by computing the total force and the total torque with
respect to the center of mass acting on the dipole.
(b) From the equation of motion for the center of mass, obtain the modified form of the
conservation law for the total momentum. Denote the corresponding modified conserved
quantity by . Write down an expression in terms of and for the conserved
energy E.
(c) The angular momentum consists of two parts. One part is due to the motion of the center
of mass and the other is due to rotation around the center of mass. From the modified
form of the conservation law for the total momentum and the equation of motion of the
rotation around the center of mass, prove that the quantity J as defined by
J = ( I )
is conserved.
APHO II 2001 Theoretical Question 2 p. 2 / 2
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Note that
( ) ( )
for any three vectors , and . Repeated application of the above first two
formulas may be useful in deriving the conservation law in question.
In the following, let be in the zdirection.
(2) Motion in a Plane Perpendicular to
Suppose initially the center of mass of the dipole is at rest at the origin, points in the
xdirection and the initial angular velocity of the dipole is ( is the unit vector in the
zdirection).
(a) If the magnitude of
is smaller than a critical value , the dipole will not make a
full turn with respect to its center of mass. Find .
(b) For a general
> 0, what is the maximum distance in the xdirection that the
center of mass can reach?
(c) What is the tension on the rod? Express it as a function of the angular velocity .
APHO II 2001 Theoretical Question 3 p. 1 / 3
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( a,0,0)
(0,0, a)
(0, a, 0)
A
y
B
F
G
D
E
C
x
z
Fig. 3a
Theoretical Question 3
Thermal Vibrations of Surface Atoms
This question considers the thermal vibrations of surface atoms in an elemental
metallic crystal with a facecentered cubic (fcc) lattice structure. The unit cubic cell
of an fcc lattice consists of one atom at each corner and one atom at the center of
each face of the cubic cell, as shown in Fig. 3a. For the crystal under consideration,
we use (a, 0, 0), (0, a, 0) and (0, 0, a) to represent the locations of the three atoms on
the x, y and z axes of its cell. The lattice constant a is equal to 3.92 (i.e..the length
of each side of the cube is 3.92 ).
(1) The crystal is cut in such a way that the plane containing ABCD becomes a
boundary surface and is chosen for doing lowenergy electron diffraction
experiments. A collimated beam of electrons with kinetic energy of 64.0 eV is
incident on this surface plane at an incident angle of 15.0
o
. Note that is
the angle between the incident electron beam and the normal of the surface plane.
The plane containing and the normal of the surface plane is the plane of
incidence. For simplicity, we assume that all incident electrons are back scattered
only by the surface atoms on the topmost layer.
(a) What is the wavelength of the matter waves of the incident electrons?
(b) If a detector is set up to detect electrons that do not leave the plane of incidence
after being diffracted, at what angles with the normal of the surface will these
diffracted electrons be observable?
(2) Assume that the thermal vibrational motions of the surface atoms are simple
APHO II 2001 Theoretical Question 3 p. 2 / 3
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50 100 150 200 250 300 350 400
0.2
0.4
0.6
28
88
1
Fig. 3b
22212
T (K)
0
0.2
0.4
0.6
0.8
1.0
0
harmonic. The amplitude of vibration increases as the temperature rises.
Lowenergy electron diffraction provides a way to measure the average
amplitude of vibration. The intensity I of the diffracted beam is proportional to
the number of scattered electrons per second. The relation between the intensity I
and the displacement (t) of the surface atoms is given by
{ } (1)
In Eq.(1), I and I
0
are the intensities at temperature T and absolute zero,
respectively. and are wave vectors of incident electron and diffracted
electron, respectively. The angle brackets < > is used to denote average over
time. Note that the relation between the wave vector and the momentum
of a particle is = 2 / h, where h is the Planck constant.
To measure vibration amplitudes of surface atoms of a metallic crystal, a
collimated electron beam with kinetic energy of 64.0 eV is incident on a crystal
surface at an incident angle of 15.0
o
. The detector is set up for measuring
specularly reflected electrons. Only elastically scattered electrons are detected. A
plot of ln ( I / I
0
) versus temperature T is shown in Fig. 3b.
Assume the total energy of an atom vibrating in the direction of the surface
normal is given by k
B
T , where k
B
is the Boltzmann constant.
(a) Calculate the frequency of vibration in the direction of the surface normal for the
surface atoms.
(b) Calculate the rootmeansquare displacement, i. e. the value of ( < u
x
2
> )
1/2
, in the
direction of the surface normal for the surface atoms at 300 K.
APHO II 2001 Theoretical Question 3 p. 3 / 3
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The following data are given:
Atomic weight of the metal M = 195.1
Boltzmann constant k
B
= 1.38 10 J/K
Mass of electron = 9.11 10
31
kg
Charge of electron = 1.60 10
19
C
Planck constant h = 6.63 10
34
Js
Theoretical Question 1 (vibrations of a linear crystal lattice)
A very large number N of movable identical point particles (N >>1),
each with mass m, are set in a straight chain with N + 1 identical massless
springs, each with stiffness (spring constant) S, linking them to each other
and the ends attached to two additional immovable particles. See figure.
This chain will serve as a model of the vibration modes of a one
dimensional crystal. When the chain is set in motion, the longitudinal
vibrations of the chain can be looked upon as a superposition of simple
oscillations (called modes) each with its own characteristic mode
frequency.
(a) Write down the equation of motion of the n
th
particle. [0.7 marks]
(b) To attempt to solve the equation of motion of part (a) use the trial solution
X
n
() = A sin nka cos (t + ),
where X
n
() is the displacement of the n
th
particle from equilibrium, the angular
frequency of the vibration mode and A, k and are constants; k and are the
wave numbers and mode frequencies respectively. For each k, there will be a
corresponding frequency . Find the dependence of on k, the allowed values of
k, and the maximum value of . The chains vibration is thus a superposition of
all these vibration modes. Useful formulas:
(d/dx) cos x =  sin x, (d/dx) sin x = cos x, = constant.
sin(A + B) = sin A cos B + cos A sin B, cos(A + B) = cos A cos B sinA sin B
[2.2 marks]
According to Planck the energy of a photon with a frequency of is h,
where h is the Planck constant divided by 2. Einstein made a leap from
this by assuming that a given crystal vibration mode with frequency
also has this energy. Note that a vibration mode is not a particle, but a
simple oscillation configuration of the entire chain. This vibration mode
is analogous to the photon and is called a phonon. We will follow up the
consequences of this idea in the rest of the problem. Suppose a crystal is
made up of a very large (10
23
) number of particles in a straight chain.
0 a 2 a 3a na (N  1)a Na (N + 1)a = L
S S S
m m m m
S
(c) For a given allowed (or k) there may be no phonons; or there may be one; or
two; or any number of phonons. Hence it makes sense to try to calculate the
average energy ) ( E of a particular mode with a frequency . Let P
p
()
represent the probability that there are p phonons with this frequency . Then the
required average is
=
=
0
0
) (
) (
) (
p
p
p
p
P
P p
E
h
.
Although the phonons are discrete, the fact that there are so many of them (and the
P
p
becomes tiny for large p) allows us to extend the sum to p = , with negligible
error. Now the probability P
p
is given by Boltzmanns formula
P
p
() exp ( ph/k
B
T),
where k
B
is Boltzmanns constant and T is the absolute temperature of the crystal,
assumed constant. The constant of proportionality does not depend on p.
Calculate the average energy for phonons of frequency . Possibly useful
formula: (d/dx) e
f(x)
= (df / dx) e
f(x)
.
[2 marks]
(d) We would like next to compute the total energy E
T
of the crystal. In part (c) we
found the average energy
) ( E
for the vibration mode . To find E
T
we must
multiply
) ( E
by the number of modes of the crystal per unit of frequency
and then sum up all these for the entire range from = 0 to
max
. Take an interval
k in the range of wave numbers. For very large N and for k much larger than
the spacing between successive (allowed) k values, how many modes can be
found in the interval k?
[1 mark]
(e) To make use of the results of (a) and (b), approximate k by (dk/d)d and
replace any sum by an integral over . (It is more convenient to use the variable
in place of k at this point.) State the total number of modes of the crystal in this
approximation. Also derive an expression E
T
but do not evaluate it. The following
integral may be useful:
. 2 / 1 /
1
0
2
=
x dx
[2.2 marks]
(f) The molar heat capacity C
V
of a crystal at constant volume is experimentally
accessible: C
V
= dE
T
/dT (T = absolute temperature). For the crystal under
discussion determine the dependence of C
V
on T for very large and very low
temperatures (i.e., is it constant, linear or power dependent for an interval of the
temperature?). Sketch a qualitative graph of C
V
versus T, indicating the trends
predicted for very low and very high T.
[1.9 marks]
Theoretical Question 2 (the rail gun)
A young man at P and a young lady at Q were deeply in love. These two places are
separated by a strait of width w = 1000 m. After learning about the theory of rail gun
in class, the young man could not wait to construct such a device to launch himself
across the strait. He constructed a ramp of adjustable elevation of angle on which he
laid two metal rails (the length of each rail is D = 35.0 m) in parallel, separated by L =
2.00 m. He managed to connect a 2424 V DC power supply to the ends of the rails. A
conducting bar can slide freely on the metal rails such that he could hang on to it
safely as it slides.
A skilled engineer, moved by all these efforts, designed a system that can produce a
B = 10.0 T magnetic field that can be directed perpendicular to the plane of the rails.
The mass of the young man is 70 kg. The mass of the conducting bar is 10 kg and its
resistance is R = 1.0 .
Just after he had completed the construction and checked that it worked perfectly, he
received a call from the young lady, sobbing and telling him that her father was going
to marry her off to a rich man unless he can arrive at Q within 11 seconds after the
call, and having said that she hang up.
The young man immediately got into action and launched himself across the strait to
Q.
Show, using the steps listed below, whether it is possible for him to make it in time,
and if so, what is the range of he must set the ramp?
(a) Derive an expression for the acceleration of the young man parallel to the rail.
[3 marks]
(b) Obtain an expression in terms of for the time spent
i. on the rails, t
s
and
ii. in flight, t
f
.
[3 marks]
(c) Plot a graph of the total time T = t
s
+ t
f
against the angle of inclination .
[1.5 marks]
(d) By considering the relevant parameters of this device, obtain the range of
angles that he should set. Plot another graph if necessary. [2.5 marks]
Make the following assumptions:
1) The time between the end of the call and all preparations (such as setting to
the appropriate angle) for the launch is negligible. This is to say, the launch is
considered to start at time t = 0 when the bar (with the young man hanging to
it) is starting to move.
2) The young man may start his motion from any point along the metal rails.
P
Q
35m
1000m B
3) The higher end of the ramp and Q is at the same level, and the distance
between them is w = 1000 m.
4) There is no question about safety such as when landing, electric shocks, etc.
5) The resistance of the metal rails, the internal resistance of the power supply,
the friction between the conducting bar and the rails and the air resistance are
all negligible.
6) Take acceleration due to gravity as g = 10 m/s
2
.
Some Mathematical notes:
1.
= .
a
e
dx e
ax
ax
2. The solution to bx a
dt
dx
+ = is given by
bt bt
e x e
b
a
t x ) 0 ( ) 1 ( ) ( + = .
Theoretical Question 3 (wafer fabrication)
Wafer fabrication refers to the production of semiconductor chips from silicon. In
modern technologies there are more than 20 processes; we are going to concentrate on
thin films deposition.
In wafer fabrication process, thin films of various materials are deposited on the
surface of the silicon wafer. The surface of the substrate must be extremely clean
before the process of deposition. The presence of traces of oxygen or other elements
will result in the formation of a contamination layer. The rate of formation of this
layer is determined by the impingement rate of the gas molecules hitting the substrate
surface. Assuming the number of molecules per unit volume is n , the impingement
rate on a unit area of the substrate from the gas is given by
v n J
4
1
=
where v is the average or mean speed of the gas molecules.
(a) Assuming that the gas molecules obey a MaxwellBoltzmann distribution,
,
2
4 ) (
) 2 ( / 2
2 / 3
2
RT v M
e v
T R
M
v W
where
dv v W ) (
is the fraction of molecules whose speed lie between v and
v d v +
,
M is the molar mass of the gas, T is the gas temperature and R is the gas constant,
show that the average or mean speed of the gas molecules is given by
M
T R
dv v W v v
8
) (
0
= =
[1.5 marks]
(b) Assuming that the gases behave as an ideal gas at low pressure,
P
, show that
the rate of impingement is given by
T mk
P
J
2
=
where
m
is the mass of the molecule and
T
is the temperature of the gas.
[1.5 marks]
(c) If the residual pressure of oxygen in a vacuum system is 133 Pa, and by
modelling the oxygen molecule as a sphere of radius approximately
10
10 6 . 3
m,
estimate how long it takes to deposit a moleculethick layer of oxygen on the wafer at
300
o
Celsius, assuming that all the oxygen molecules which strike the silicon wafer
surface are deposited. Assume also that oxygen molecules in the layer are arranged
side by side.
[1.7 marks]
(d) In reality, not all molecules of oxygen react with the silicon. This can be
modeled by the concept of activation energy where the reacting molecules should
have total energy greater than the activation energy before it can react. Physically this
activation energy describes the fact that chemical bonds between the silicon atoms
have to be broken before a new bond between silicon and oxygen atoms is formed.
Assuming an activation energy for the reaction to be 1 eV, estimate again how long it
would take to deposit one atomic layer of oxygen at the above temperature. You may
assume that the area under the Maxwell distribution in part (a) is unity.
[2.8 marks]
(e) For lithography processes, the clean silicon wafer is coated evenly with a layer
of transparent polymer (photoresist) of refractive index = 1.40. To measure the
thickness of this photoresist, the wafer is illuminated with collimated monochromatic
beam of light of wavelength = 589 nm. For a certain minimum thickness of photo
resist, d , there is a destructive interference of reflected light, assuming normal
incidence on the coating. Derive an expression for relation between d, and .
Calculate d using the given data. In this point you may assume that silicon behaves as
a medium with a refractive index greater than 1.40 and you may ignore multiple
reflections.
[2.5 marks]
The following data may be helpful:
Molar mass of oxygen is 32 g mol
1
.
Boltzmann constant,
23
10 38 . 1
= k J K
1
.
Avogadro number,
23
10 02 . 6 =
A
N mol
1
Useful formula:
+ =
k
x
k
e dx e x
x k x k
2
2
3
1
2
1 2 2
0 500 1000 1500 2000 2500 3000
velocity , v
0
0.0002
0.0004
0.0006
0.0008
0.001
0.0012
0.0014
b
o
r
P
W(v)
Velocity, v (m/s)
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Theoretical Competition
I. Satellites orbit transfer
In the near future we ourselves may take part in launching of a satellite which, in
point of view of physics, requires only the use of simple mechanics.
a) A satellite of mass m is presently circling the Earth of mass M in a circular orbit of
radius
0
R . What is the speed ) (
0
u of mass m in terms of
0
, R M and the universal
gravitation constant G ? (1 point)
b) We are to put this satellite into a trajectory that will take it to point P at distance
1
R
from the centre of the Earth by increasing (almost instantaneously) its velocity at
point Q from
0
u to
1
u . What is the value of
1
u in terms of
1 0 0
, , R R u ?
(2 points)
c) Deduce the minimum value of
1
u in term of
0
u that will allow the satellite to leave
the Earths influence completely. (1 point)
d) (Referring to part b.) What is the velocity ) (
2
u of the satellite at point P in terms of
1 0 0
, , R R u ? (1 point)
e) Now, we want to change the orbit of the satellite at point P into a circular orbit of
radius
1
R by raising the value of
2
u (almost instantaneously) to
3
u .
What is the magnitude of
3
u in terms of
1 0 2
, , R R u ? (1 point)
u
1
u
0
u
2
R
1
R
0
m
M
P
Q
,
(
,
\
,
(
j
(1)
and the conservation of angular momentum:
constant
2
dt
d
mr . (2)
(3 points)
g) Give a rough sketch of the whole perturbed orbit together with the unperturbed one.
(1 point)
mean orbit of
radius R
1
X
Y
m
r
t denote
the roundtrip transit time of the CW and CCW beam respectively. Give your
answer in term of area A enclosed by the ring. (2 points)
b) Find the optical path difference, L , for the CW and CCW beams to complete one
roundtrip of the light within the rotating ring. (2 points)
c) For a circular fibreoptic of radius, R = 1 m, what is the maximum value of L for
the rotation of the earth? Given = 1.5 . (1 point)
d) In part b), the measurement could be amplified by increasing number of turns in
fibreoptic coil, N , find the phase difference, , for lights to complete the turns.
(1 point)
P
R
Fig.1
Optical fibre
light path
4th Asian Physics Olympiad Theoretical Competition 23 April 2003
The second scheme of the Optical Gyroscope is Ring Laser Gyroscope (RLG). This could
be accomplished by the inclusion of active laser cavity into an equilateral triangular ring,
of total length L, as illustrated in Fig.2. The laser source here will generate two amplified
coherent light sources propagating in the opposite directions. In order to sustain the laser
oscillation in this triangular ring resonator, the perimeter of the ring must be equal to the
integer multiple of wavelength . Etalon, additional component inserted into the ring, is
possible to cause frequency selective losses in the ring resonator, so that the undesired
modes can be damped and suppressed.
Fig.2: Schematic illustration of the Ring Laser
Gyroscope
Fig. 3: Illustration of the Ring Laser
Gyroscope discussed in this problem
e) Find the time difference of the transit in clockwise and counterclockwise, t, for
the case of the triangular ring as shown in the figure 2. Give the answer in terms of
and the area A enclosed by the ring.Show that this result is the same as that of
the circular ring. (2 points)
f) If the ring is rotating with an angular frequency as shown in Fig. 2, there will be
frequency difference between CW and CCW measurements. What is the observed
beat frequency, , between the CW and CCW beams in terms of , , L .
(2 points)
Etalon
Detector
i
x
z
x
z
a
O
An optical fiber consists of a cylindrical core of radius a, made of a transparent
material with refraction index varying gradually from the value n=n
1
on the axis to n = n
2
(with 1<n
2
<n
1
) at a distance a from the axis, according to the formula
2 2
1
1 = = n(x) n x n
where x is the distance from the core axis and is a constant. The core is surrounded by a
cladding made of a material with constant refraction index n
2
. Outside the fiber is air, of
refractive index n
0
.
Let Oz be the axis of the fiber, with O  the center of the fiber end.
Given n
0
=1.000; n
1
=1.500; n
2
= 1.460, a = 25 m.
1. A monochromatic light ray enters the fiber at point O under an incident angle
i
, the
incident plane being the plane xOz.
a. Show that at each point on the trajectory of the light in the fiber, the refractive index n
and the angle between the light ray and the Oz axis satisfy the relationship n C = cos
where C is a constant. Find the expression for C in terms of n
1
and
i
. [1.0 points]
b. Use the result found in 1.a. and the trigonometric relation
( )
1
2
2
1 tan
= + cos , where
tan '
dx
x
dz
= =
'
is the slope of the tangent to the trajectory at point (x, z), derive an equation
for x . Find the full expression for in terms of n
1
, n
2
and a. By differentiating the two sides
of this equation versus z, find the equation for the second derivative '' x . [1.0 points]
c. Find the expression of x as a function of z , that is ( ) x f z = , which satisfies the above
equation. This is the equation of the trajectory of light in the fiber. [1.0 points]
d. Sketch one full period of the trajectories of the light rays entering the fiber under two
different incident angles
i
. [1.0 points]
2. Light propagates in the optical fiber.
a. Find the maximum incident angle
i M
, under which the light ray still can propagate
inside the core of the fiber. [1.5 points]
b. Determine the expression for coordinate z of the crossing points of a light ray with Oz
axis for
i
0 . [1.5 points]
3. The light is used to transmit signals in the form of very short light pulses (of negligible
pulse width).
a. Determine the time it takes the light to travel from point O to the first crossing point
with Oz for incident angle
i
0 and
i i M
.
The ratio of the coordinate z of the first crossing point and is called the propagation
speed of the light signal along the fiber. Assume that this speed varies monotonously with
i
.
Find this speed (called ) for
M
v
i i M
= .
Find also the propagation speed (called ) of the light along the axis Oz.
0
v
Compare the two speeds. [3.25 points]
b. The light beam bearing the signals is a converging beam entering the fiber at O under
different incident angles
i
with 0
iM i
. Calculate the highest repetition frequency f
of
the signal pulses, so that at a distance z = 1000 m two consecutive pulses are still separated
(that is, the pulses do not overlap). [1.75 points]
Attention
1. The wave properties of the light are not considered in this problem.
2. Neglect any chromatic dispersion in the fiber.
3. The speed of light in vacuum is c = 2.99810
8
m/s
4. You may use the following formulae:
The length of a small arc element ds in the xOz plane is
2
1
dx
ds dz
dz
= +
dx
ds
dz
2 2 2
1
sin
dx bx
Arc
b a
a b x
=
2
2 2 2 2
2 3
2 2 2
2 2
sin
= +
bx
a Arc
x dx x a b x
a
b b
a b x
Arc sinx is the inverse function of the sine function. Its value equals the less angle the
sine of which is x. In other words, if Arc sin y x = then sin y x = .
Theoretical CompetitionProblem No. 3
Compression and expansion of a two gases system
A cylinder is divided in two compartments with a mobile partition NM. The compartment
in the left is limited by the fond of the cylinder and the
partition NM (Figure 1). This compartment contains
one mole of water vapor. The compartment in the right
is limited by the partition NM and a mobile piston AB.
This compartment contains one mole of nitrogen gas
(N
2
).
Figure 1
M B
V
0
N V
0
A
p
1
p
1
T
1
T
1
At first, the volumes and temperatures of the gases
in two compartments are equal. The partition NM is
well heat conductive. His heat capacity is very small
and can be neglected.
The specific volume of liquid water is negligible in comparison with the specific volume
of water vapor at the same temperature.
The specific latent heat of vaporization L is defined as the amount of heat that must be
delivered to one unit of mass of substance to convert it from liquid state to vapor at the same
temperature. For water at T
0
= 373 K, L = 2250 kJ/kg.
1. Suppose that the piston and the wall of the cylinder are heat conductive, the partition NM
can slide freely without friction. The initial state of the gases in the cylinder is defined as
follows:
Pressure p
1
= 0.5 atm.; total volume V
1
= 2V
0
; temperature T
1
= 373 K.
The piston AB slowly compresses the gases in a quasistatic (quasiequilibrium) and
isothermal process to the final volume V
F
= V
0
/4
a. Draw the p(V) curve, that is the curve representing the dependence of pressure p on the
total volume V of both gases in the cylinder at temperature T
1
.
Calculate the coordinates of
important points of the curve. [1.5 pts]
Gas constant: R = 8.31 J/mol.K or R = 0.0820 L.atm./mol.K
1 atm. =101.3 kPa;
Under the pressure p
0
=1 atm., water boils at the temperature T
0
= 373 K.
b. Calculate the work done by the piston in the process of gases compressing. [1.0 pts]
ln
dV
V
V
=
c. Calculate the heat delivered to outside in the process. [1.5 pts]
2. All conditions as in 1. except that there is friction between partition NM and the wall of
the cylinder so that NM displaces only when the difference of the pressures acting on its two
opposed faces attains 0.5 atm. and over (assuming that the coefficients of static and kinetic
friction are equal).
a. Draw the p(V) curve representing the pressure p in the right compartment as a
function of the total volume V of both gases in the cylinder at a constant temperature T
1
.
[1.5 pts]
b. Calculate the work done by the piston in compressing the gases. [0.5 pts]
1
c. After the volume of gases reaches the value V
F
= V
0
/4, piston AB displaces slowly to
the right and makes a quasistatic and isothermal process of expansion of both substances
(water and nitrogen) to the initial total volume 2V
0
. Continue to draw in the diagram in
question 2.a. the curve representing this process [2.0 pts]
Hint for 2.
Create a table like the one shown here and use it to draw the curves as required in 2.a.
and 2.c.
State Left compartment
Volume  Pressure
Right compartment
Volume  Pressure
Total
volume
Pressure on
piston AB
initial V
0
 0.5 atm. V
0
 0.5 atm. 2V
0
0.5 atm.
2  
3  
.  
.  
.  
.  
.  
final   2V
0
3. Suppose that the wall and the fond of the cylinder and the piston are heat insulator, the
partition NM is fixed and heat conductive, the initial state of gases is as in 1. Piston AB
moves slowly toward the right side and increases the volume of the right compartment until
the water vapor begins to condense in the left compartment.
a. Calculate the final volume of the right compartment. [3 pts]
b. Calculate the work done by the gas in this expansion. [1 pts]
The ratio of isobaric heat capacity to isochoric one
V
p
C
C
= for nitrogen is
5
7
1
= and
for water vapor
6
8
2
= .
In the interval of temperature from 353 K to 393 K one can use the following
approximate formula:
p = p
0
exp
)
1 1
(
0
T T R
L
where T is boiling temperature of water under pressure p,  its molar mass. p
0
, L and T
0
are
given above.
2
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Question 1
1A. SPRI NG CYLI NDER WI TH MASSI VE PI STON
Consider n=2 moles of ideal Helium gas at a pressure P
0
, volume V
0
and temperature T
0
= 300 K placed in a vertical cylindrical container (see Figure 1.1). A moveable
frictionless horizontal piston of mass m= 10 kg (assume g = 9.8 m/s
2
) and cross section A
= 500 cm
2
compresses the gas leaving the upper section of the container void. There is a
vertical spring attached to the piston and the upper wall of the container. Disregard any
gas leakage through their surface contact, and neglect the specific thermal capacities of
the container, piston and spring. Initially the system is in equilibrium and the spring is
unstretched. Neglect the springs mass.
a. Calculate the frequency f of small oscillation of the piston, when it is slightly
displaced from equilibrium position. (2 points)
b. Then the piston is pushed down until the gas volume is halved, and released with
zero velocity. calculate the value(s) of the gas volume when the piston speed is
0
4
5
gV
A
(3 points)
Let the spring constant k = mgA/V
0
. All the processes in gas are adiabatic. Gas constant
R = 8.314 JK
1
mol
1
. For monoatomic gas (Helium) use Laplace constant = 5/3.
SPRING
PISTON
GAS
Figure 1.1
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1B. THE PARAMETRI C SWI NG (5 points)
A child builds up the motion of a swing by standing and squatting. The trajectory
followed by the center of mass of the child is illustrated in Fig. 1.2. Let r
u
be the radial
distance from the swing pivot to the childs center of mass when the child is standing,
while r
d
is the radial distance from the swing pivot to the childs center of mass when the
child is squatting. Let the ratio of r
d
to r
u
be 2
1/10
= 1.072, that is the child moves its
center of mass by roughly 7% compared to its average radial distance from the swing
pivot.
To keep the analysis simple it is assumed that the swing be massless, the swing
amplitude is sufficiently small and that the mass of the child resides at its center of mass.
It is also assumed that the transitions from squatting to standing (the A to B and the E to
F transitions) are fast compared to the swing cycle and can be taken to be instantaneous.
It is similarly assumed that the squatting transitions (the C to D and the G to H
transitions) can also be regarded as occurring instantaneously.
Figure 1.2
How many cycles of this maneuver does it take for the child to build up the amplitude
(or the maximum angular velocity) of the swing by a factor of two?
r
d
r
u
Standing
Squating
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Question 2 MAGNETI C FOCUSI NG
There exist many devices that utilize fine beams of charged particles. The cathode ray
tube used in oscilloscopes, in television receivers or in electron microscopes. In these
devices the particle beam is focused and deflected in much the same manner as a light
beam is in an optical instrument.
Beams of particles can be focused by electric fields or by magnetic fields. In problem 2A
and 2B we are going to see how the beam can be focused by a magnetic field.
2A. MAGNETI C FOCUSI NG SOLENOI D (4 points)
Figure 2.1 shows an electron gun situated inside (near the middle) a long solenoid. The
electrons emerging from the hole on the anode have a small transverse velocity
component. The electron will follow a helical path. After one complete turn, the electron
will return to the axis connecting the hole and point F. By adjusting the magnetic field B
inside the solenoid correctly, all the electrons will converge at the same point F after one
complete turn. Use the following data:
The voltage difference that accelerates the electrons V = 10 kV
The distance between the anode and the focus point F, L = 0.50 m
The mass of an electron m= 9.11x 10
31
kg
The charge of an electron e= 1.60 x 10
19
C
7
0
4 10 H/m
=
Treat the problem nonrelativistically
a) Calculate B so that the electron returns to the axis at point F after one complete
turn. (3 points)
b) Find the current in the solenoid if the latter has 500 turns per meter. (1 point)
L
Anode
Figure 2.1
F
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2B. MAGNETI C FOCUSI NG (FRI NGI NG FI ELD) (6 points)
Two pole magnets positioned on horizontal planes are separated by a certain
distance such that the magnetic field between them be B in vertical direction (see
Figure 2.2). The poles faces are rectangular with length l and width w. Consider
the fringe field near the edges of the poles (fringe field is field particularly
associated to the edge effects). Suppose the extent of the fringe field is b (see Fig.
2.3). The fringe field has two components B
x
i and B
z
k. For simplicity assume
that B
x
= Bz/b where z=0 is the mid plane of the gap, explicitly:
when the particle enters the fringe field B
x
= +B z /b,
when the particle enters the fringe field after traveling through
the magnet, B
x
= / Bz b
x
XZ
Plane
Narrow
Beam of
Particles
z
y
B
Fringe
Field
l
w
Fig.2.2: Overall view (note that is very small).
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A parallel narrow beam of particles, each of mass mand positive charge q enters the
magnet (near the center) with a high velocity v parallel to the horizontal plane. The
vertical size of the beam is comparable to the distance between the magnet poles. A
certain beam enters the magnet at an angle from the center line of the magnet and
leaves the magnet at an angle  (see Figure 2.4. Assume is very small). Assume that
the angle with which the particle enters the fringe field is the same as the angle when
it enters the uniform field.
x
y
w
v
l
v
e
B
B
x
B
z
x
z
x=b
Figure 2.3. Fringe field
Figure 2.4. Top view
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The beam will be focused due to the fringe field. Calculate the approximate focal length
if we define the focal length as illustrated in Figure 2.5 (assume b<<l and assume that the
zcomponent of the deflection in the uniform magnetic field B is very small).
x
f
Figure 2.5. Side view
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Question 3 LI GHT DEFLECTI ON BY A MOVI NG MI RROR
Reflection of light by a relativistically moving mirror is not theoretically new.
Einstein discussed the possibility or worked out the process using the Lorentz
transformation to get the reflection formula due to a mirror moving with a velocity v
.
This formula, however, could also be derived by using a relatively simpler method.
Consider the reflection process as shown in Fig. 3.1, where a plane mirror M moves
with a velocity
x
e v v =
(where
x
e is a unit vector in the xdirection) observed from
the lab frame F. The mirror forms an angle with respect to the velocity (note that
0
90 , see figure 3.1). The plane of the mirror has n as its normal. The light beam
has an incident angle and reflection angle which are the angles between n
and
the incident beam 1 and reflection beam 1' , respectively in the laboratory frame F. It
can be shown that,
) ( sin sin sin sin + =
c
v
(1)
x
y
v
n
a
1
1
M
Figure 3.1. Reflection of light by a relativistically moving mirror
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3A. Einsteins Mirror (2.5 points)
About a century ago Einstein derived the law of reflection of an electromagnetic wave
by a mirror moving with a constant velocity
x
e v v =
+
=
+
(2)
Derive this formula using Equation (1) without Lorentz transformation!
Figure 3.2. Einstein mirror moving to the left with a velocity v.
3B. Frequency Shift (2 points)
In the same situation as in 3A, if the incident light is a monochromatic beam hitting
M with a frequency f, find the new frequency ' f after it is reflected from the surface
of the moving mirror. If
0
30 = and 0.6 v c = in figure 3.2, find frequency shift f
in percentage of f .
v n
x
y
= 90
0
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3C. Moving Mirror Equation (5.5 Points)
Figure 3.3.
Figure 3.3 shows the positions of the mirror at time
0
t and t. Since the observer is
moving to the left, the mirror moves relatively to the right. Light beam 1 falls on point
a at
0
t and is reflected as beam 1' . Light beam 2 falls on point d at t and is reflected
as beam 2' . Therefore, ab is the wave front of the incoming light at time
0
t . The
atoms at point are disturbed by the incident wave front aband begin to radiate a
wavelet. The disturbance due to the wave front ab stops at time t when the
wavefront strikes point d. The semicircle in the figure represents wavefront of the
wavelet at time t.
By referring to figure 3.3 for light wave propagation or using other methods, derive
equation (1).
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Theoretical Question 1
Laser cooling of atoms
In this problem you are asked to consider the mechanism of atom cooling with the
help of laser radiation. Investigations in this field led to considerable progress in the
understanding of the properties of quantum gases of cold atoms, and were awarded
Nobel prizes in 1997 and 2001.
Theoretical Introduction
Consider a simple twolevel model of the atom, with ground state energy E
g
and
excited state energy E
e
. Energy difference is
0
=
e g
E E , the angular frequency of
used laser is , and the laser detuning is
0 0
<< = . Assume that all atom
velocities satisfy c << , where is the light speed. You can always restrict yourself to
first nontrivial orders in small parameters c / and
0
/ . Natural width of the excited
state E
e
due to spontaneous decay is
0
<< : for an atom in an excited state, the
probability to return to a ground state per unit time equals . When an atom returns to a
ground state, it emits a photon of a frequency close to
0
in a random direction.
It can be shown in quantum mechanics, that when an atom is subject to low
intensity laser radiation, the probability to excite the atom per unit time depends on the
frequency of radiation in the reference frame of the atom,
a
, according to
<<
+
=
2 2
0
0
/ ) ( 4 1
2 /
a
p
s
,
where is a parameter, which depends on the properties of atoms and laser
intensity.
1
0
<< s
0
E
g
E
e
Fig 1. Note that shown parameters are not in scale.
In this problem properties of the gas of sodium atoms are investigated neglecting
the interactions between the atoms. The laser intensity is small enough, so that the
number of atoms in the excited state is always much smaller than number of atoms in
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the ground state. You can also neglect the effects of the gravitation, which are
compensated in real experiments by an additional magnetic field.
Numerical values:
Planck constant = 1.0510
34
J s
Boltzmann constant = 1.3810
B
k
23
J K
1
Mass of sodium atom m = 3.8110
26
kg
Frequency of used transition
0
= 2 5.0810
14
Hz
Excited state linewidth = 2 9.8010
6
Hz
Concentration of the atoms n = 10
14
cm
3
Questions
) [1 Point] Suppose the atom is moving in the positive x direction with the velocity
, and two identical laser beams shine along direction from different
sides. Laser frequencies are , and intensity parameters are s
0
. Find the
expression for the average force ( )
x
F acting on an atom. For small
this force
can be written as
x x
F = ) ( . Find the expression for . What is the sign of
0
= , if the absolute value of the velocity of the atom decreases? Assume
that momentum of an atom is much larger than the momentum of a photon.
In what follows we will assume that the atom velocity is small enough so that one can
use the linear expression for the average force.
) [2.0 Points] If one uses 6 lasers along , and z axes in positive and negative
directions, then for >0 the dissipative force acts on the atoms, and their average
energy decreases. This means that the temperature of the gas, which is defined
through the average energy, decreases. Using the concentration of the atoms
given above, estimate numerically the temperature
Q
, for which one cannot
consider atoms as pointlike objects because of quantum effects.
In what follows we will assume that the temperature is much larger than
Q
and six
lasers along , and z directions are used, as was explained in part ).
In part b) you calculated the average force acting on the atom. However, because of the
quantum nature of photons, in each absorption or emission process the momentum of
the atom changes by some discrete value and in random direction, due to the recoil
processes.
d) [0.5 Points] Determine numerically the square value of the change of the
momentum of the atom, (p)
2
, as the result of one absorption or emission event.
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e) [3.5 Points] Because of the recoil effect, average temperature of the gas after
long time doesnt become an absolute zero, but reaches some finite value. The
evolution of the momentum of the atom can be represented as a random walk in
the momentum space with an average step > <
2
p , and a cooling due to the
dissipative force. The steadystate temperature is determined by the combined
effect of these two different processes. Show that the steady state temperature
is of the form:
d
T
) 4 /( )
1
(
B d
k
x
x T + = . Determine x. Assume that is much larger
than <p
d
T
2
>/(2k
B
m).
Not e: I f vect or s P
1,
P
2
, , P
n
ar e mut ual l y st at i st i cal l y
uncor r el at ed, mean squar e val ue of t hei r sumi s
<( P
1
+ P
2
+ +P
n
)
2
>=P
1
2
+ P
2
2
++P
n
2
f) [0.5 Point] Find numerically the minimal possible value of the temperature due to
recoil effect. For what ratio / is it achieved?
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Theoretical Question 2
Oscillator damped by sliding friction
Theoretical I ntroduction
In mechanics, one often uses so called phase space, an imaginary space with the axes
comprising of coordinates and moments (or velocities) of all the material points of the
system. Points of the phase space are called imaging points. Every imaging point
determines some state of the system.
When the mechanical system evolves, the corresponding imaging point follows a
trajectory in the phase space which is called phase trajectory. One puts an arrow along
the phase trajectory to show direction of the evolution. A set of all possible phase
trajectories of a given mechanical system is called a phase portrait of the system.
Analysis of this phase portrait allows one to unravel important qualitative properties of
dynamics of the system, without solving equations of motion of the system in an
explicit form. In many cases, the use of the phase space is the most appropriate method
to solve problems in mechanics.
In this problem, we suggest you to use phase space in analyzing some mechanical
systems with one degree of freedom, i.e., systems which are described by only one
coordinate. In this case, the phase space is a twodimensional plane. The phase
trajectory is a curve on this plane given by a dependence of the momentum on the
coordinate of the point, or vice versa, by a dependence of the coordinate of the point on
the momentum.
As an example we present a phase trajectory of a free particle moving along x axis in
positive direction (Fig.1).
p
x 0
Fig. 1. Phase trajectory of a free particle.
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Questions
A. Phase portraits (3.0)
A1. [0.5 Points] Make a draw of the phase trajectory of a free material point moving
between two parallel absolutely reflective walls located at x =  L/2 and x = L/2.
A2. Investigate the phase trajectory of the harmonic oscillator, i.e., of the material
point of mass maffected by Hooks force F =  k x:
a) [0.5 Points] Find the equation of the phase trajectory and its parameters.
b) [0.5 Points] Make a draw of the phase trajectory of the harmonic oscillator.
A3. [1.5 Points] Consider a material point of mass mon the end of weightless solid
rod of length L, another end of which is fixed (strength of gravitational field is g). It is
convenient to use the angle between the rod and vertical line as a coordinate of the
system. The phase plane is the plane with coordinates ( dt d / , ). Study and make a
draw of the phase portrait of this pendulum at arbitrary angle . How many qualitatively
different types of phase trajectories K does this system have? Draw at least one typical
trajectory of each type. Find the conditions which determine these different types of
phase trajectories. (Do not take the equilibrium points as phase trajectories). Neglect air
resistance.
B. The oscillator damped by sliding friction (7.0)
When considering resistance to a motion, we usually deal with two types of friction
forces. The first type is the friction force, which depends on the velocity (viscous
friction), and is defined by F = v. An example is given by a motion of a solid body in
gases or liquids. The second type is the friction force, which does not depend on the
magnitude of velocity. It is defined by the value F = N and direction opposite to the
relative velocity of contacting bodies (sliding friction). An example is given by a
motion of a solid body on the surface of another solid body.
As a specific example of the second type, consider a solid body on a horizontal
surface at the end of a spring, another end of which is fixed. The mass of the body is m,
the elasticity coefficient of the spring is k, the friction coefficient between the body and
the surface is . Assume that the body moves along the straight line with the coordinate
x (x = 0 corresponds to the spring which is not stretched). Assume that static and
dynamical friction coefficients are the same. At initial moment the body has a position
x=A
0
(A
0
>0) and zero velocity.
B1. [1.0 Points] Write down equation of motion of the harmonic oscillator damped
by the sliding friction.
B2. [2.0 Points] Make a draw of the phase trajectory of this oscillator and find the
equilibrium points.
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B3. [1.0 Points] Does the body completely stop at the position where the string is
not stretched? If not, determine the length of the region where the body can come to a
complete stop.
B4. [2.0 Points] Find the decrease of the maximal deviation of the oscillator in
positive x direction during one oscillation A. What is the time between two
consequent maximal deviations in positive direction? Find the dependence of this
maximal deviation A(t
n
) where t
n
is the time of the nth maximal deviation in positive
direction.
B5. [1.0 Points] Make a draw of the dependence of coordinate on time, x(t), and
estimate the number N of oscillations of the body?
Note:
Equation of the ellipse with semiaxes a and b and centre at the origin has the
following form:
1
2
2
2
2
= +
b
y
a
x
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Theoretical Question 3
This problem consists of four not related parts.
A. [2.5 points] The Mariana Abyss in the Pacific Ocean has a depth of m H 10920 = .
Density of salted water at the surface of the ocean is , bulk modulus is
, acceleration of gravity is g=9.81m/s
3
0
/ 1025 m kg =
Pa
9
10 1 , 2 =
2
. Neglect the change in the
temperature and in the acceleration of gravity with the depth, and also neglect the
atmospheric pressure.
1) Find the relation between the density ) (x and pressure at the depth
of .
) (x P
2) Find the numerical value of the pressure at the bottom of the
Mariana Abyss. You may use iterative methods to solve this part.
) (H P
Note: The fluids have very small compressibility. Compressibility coefficient is
defined as
const T
dP
dV
V
=
=
1
Bulk modulus K is the inverse of : K=1/ .
B. [2.5 points] Light mobile piston separates the vessel into two parts. The vessel is
isolated from the environment. One part of the vessel contains m
1
= 3g of hydrogen
at the temperature of
10
= 300 , and the other part contains
2
= 16 g of oxygen at
the temperature of
20
= 400 . Molar masses of hydrogen and oxygen are
mole g / 2
1
= and mole g / 32
2
= respectively, and ). /( 31 . 8 mole K J R = The piston
weakly conducts heat between oxygen and hydrogen, and eventually the temperature
in the system equilibrates. All the processes are quasi stationary.
1) What is the final temperature of the system T?
2) What is the ratio between final pressure and initial pressure ?
f
P
i
P
3) What is the total amount of heat Q, transferred from oxygen to hydrogen?
C. [2.5 points] Two identical conducting plates and with charges Q and +q
respectively (Q > q > 0) are located parallel to each other at a small distance.
Another identical plate with mass m and charge +Q is situated parallel to the
original plates at distance d from the plate (see fig 1). Surface area of the plates is
S. The plate is released and can move freely, while the plates and are kept
fixed. Assume that the collision between the plates and is elastic, and neglect the
gravitational force and the boundary effects. Assume that the charge has enough time
to redistribute between plates and during the collision.
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1) What is the electric field E
1
acting on the plate before the collision with
the plate ?
2) What are the charges of the plates and after the collision?
Q
Q
3) What is the velocity of the plate after the collision at the distance d
from the plate ?
d
+Q +q
Q
Fig. 1
D. [2.5 points] Two thin lenses with lens powers D
1
and D
2
are located at distance
from each other, and their main optical axes coincide. This system creates a
direct real image of the object, located at the main optical axis closer to lens D
cm L 25 =
1
, with
the magnification 1 ' = . If the positions of the two lenses are exchanged, the system
again produces a direct real image, with the magnification . 4 ' ' =
D1) What are the types of the lenses? On the answer sheet you should mark
the gathering lens as +, and the diverging lens as  .
D2) What is the difference between the lens powers
2 1
D D D = ?
Theoretical problem 1
BackandForth Rolling of a LiquidFilled Sphere (10 points)
Consider a sphere filled with liquid inside rolling back and forth at the bottom
of a spherical bowl. That is, the sphere is periodically changing its translational and
rotational direction. Due to the viscosity of the liquid inside, the movement of the
sphere would be very complicated and hard to deal with. However, a simplified model
presented here would be beneficial to the solution of such a problem.
Assume that a rigid thin spherical shell of radius r and mass m is fully filled with
some liquid substance of mass M, denoted as W. W has such a unique property that
usually it behaves like an ideal liquid (i.e. without any viscosity), while in response to
some special external influence (such as electric field) it transits to solid state
immediately with the same volume; and once the applied influence removed, the
liquid state recovers immediately. Besides, this influence does not give rise to any
force or torque exerting on the sphere. This liquidfilled spherical shell (for
convenience, called the sphere hereafter) is supposed to roll back and forth at the
bottom of a spherical bowl of radius R ( ) without any relative slipping, as shown
in the figure. Assume the sphere moves only in the vertical plane (namely, the plane
of the figure), please study the movement of the sphere for the following three cases:
1. W behaves as in ideal solid state, meanwhile W contacts the inner wall of the
spherical shell so closely that they can be taken as solid sphere as a whole of
radius r with an abrupt density change across the interface between the inside wall
of the shell and W.
(1) Calculate the rotational inertia I of the sphere with respect to the axis passing
through its center C. (You are asked to show detailed steps.)
(1.0 points)
(2) Calculate the period of the sphere rolling back and forth with a small
amplitude without slipping at the bottom of the spherical bowl. (2.5points)
D
R
O
A
1
A
2
A
0
A
1
0
C
liquid
liquid
solid
solid
A
0
2. W behaves as an ideal liquid with no friction between W and the spherical shell.
Calculate the period of the sphere rolling back and forth with a small
amplitude without slipping at the bottom of the spherical bowl. (2.5 points)
3. W transits between ideal solid state and ideal liquid state.
Assume at time , the sphere is kept at rest, the line CD makes an angle
( radwith the plumb line OD, where D is the center of the spherical bowl.
The sphere contacts the inner wall of the bowl at point
,
as shown in the figure.
Release the sphere, it starts to roll left from rest. During the motion of the sphere
from
to its equilibrium position O, W behaves as ideal liquid. At the moment
that the sphere passes through point O, W changes suddenly into solid state and
sticks itself firmly on the inside wall of the sphere shell until the sphere reaches
the left highest position . Once the sphere reaches
, W changes suddenly
back into the liquid state. Then, the sphere rolls right; and W changes suddenly
into solid state and sticks itself firmly on the inside wall of the spherical shell
again when the sphere passes through the equilibrium position O. When the
sphere reaches the right highest position , W changes into liquid state once
again. Then the whole circle repeats time after time. The sphere rolls right and left
periodically but with the angular amplitude decreased time after time. The motion
direction of the sphere is shown by curved arrows in the figure, together with the
words solid and liquid showing corresponding state of W. It is assumed that
during such process of rolling back and forth, no any relative slide happens
between the sphere and the inside wall of the bowl (or, alternatively, the bottom of
the bowl can supply as enough friction as needed). Calculate the period of the
sphere rolling right and left, and the angular amplitude of the center of the
sphere, namely, the angle that the line CD makes with the vertical line OD when
the sphere reaches the right highest position for the nth time (only is
shown in the figure). 4.0 points
Theoretical problem 2
2A. Optical properties of an unusual material (7 points)
The optical properties of a medium are governed by its relative permittivity ( )
and relative permeability ( ). For conventional materials like water or glasswhich
are usually optically transparent, both of their and are positive, and refraction
phenomenon meeting Snells law occurs when light from air strikes obliquely on the
surface of such kind of substances. In 1964, a Russia scientist V. Veselago rigorously
proved that a material with simultaneously negative and would exhibit many
amazing and even unbelievable optical properties. In early 21st century, such unusual
optical materials were successfully demonstrated in some laboratories. Nowadays
study on such unusual optical materials has become a frontier scientific research field.
Through solving several problems in what follows, you can gain some basic
understanding of the fundamental optical properties of such unusual materials. It
should be noticed that a material with simultaneously negative and
possesses the following important property. When a light wave propagates
forward inside such a medium for a distance , the phase of the light wave will
decrease, rather than increase an amount of as what happens in a
conventional medium with simultaneously positive and . Here, positive root
is always taken when we apply the squareroot calculation, while is the wave
vector of the light. In the questions listed below, we assume that both the relative
permittivity and permeability of air are equal to 1.
1. (1)According to the property described above, assuming that a light beam strikes
from air on the surface of such an unusual material with relative permittivity
and relative permeability , prove that the direction of the refracted
light beam depicted in Fig.21 is reasonable. (1.2 points)
Fig. 21
(2) For Fig. 21, show the relationship between refraction angle (the angle that
refracted beam makes with the normal of the interface between air and the
material) and incidence angle . (0.8 points)
(3) Assuming that a light beam strikes from the unusual material on the interface
between it and air, prove that the direction of the refracted light beam depicted in
Fig.22 is reasonable. (1.2 points)
Fig. 22
(4) For Fig. 22, show the relationship between the refraction angle (the angle
that refracted beam makes with the normal of the interface between two media)
and the incidence angle . (0.8 points)
2. As shown in Fig. 23, a slab of thickness d, which is made of an unusual optical
material with , is placed in air, with a point light source located in
front of the slab separated by a distance of . Accurately draw the ray
diagrams for the three light rays radiated from the point source. (Hints: under
the conditions given in this problem, no reflection would happen at the interface
between air and the unusual material). (1.0 points)
Fig. 23
3. As shown in Fig. 24, a parallelplate resonance cavity is formed by two plates
parallel with each other and separated by a distant d. Optically one of the plates,
denoted as Plate 1 in Fig.24 , is ideally reflective (reflectance equals to 100%),
and the other one, denoted by Plate 2, is partially reflective ( but with a high
reflectance). Suppose plane light waves are radiated from a source located near
Plate 1, then such light waves are multiply reflected by the two plates inside the
cavity. Since optically the Plate 2 is not ideally reflective, some light waves will
leak out of Plate 2 each time the light beam reaches it (ray 1, 2, 3, as shown in Fig.
24), while some light waves will be reflected by it. If these light waves are
inphase, they will interfere with each other constructively, leading to resonance.
We assume that the light wave gains a phase of by reflection at either of the
two plates. Now we insert a slab of thickness (shown as the shaded area in
Fig. 24), made of an unusual optical material with , into the cavity
parallel to the two plates. The remaining space is filled with air inside the cavity.
Let us consider only the situation that the light wave travels along the direction
perpendicular to the plates (the ray diagram depicted in Fig.24 is only a
schematic one), calculate all the wavelengths that satisfy the resonance condition
of such a cavity. (Hints: under the condition given here, no reflection would occur
at the interfaces between air and the unusual material). (1.0 points)
Fig. 24
4. An infinitely long cylinder of radius R, made of an unusual optical material with
, is placed in air, its cross section in XOY plane is shown in Fig. 25
with the center located on Y axis. Suppose a laser source located on the X axis
(the position of the source is described by its coordinate x) emits narrow laser light
along the Y direction. Show the range of x, for which the light signal emitted from
the light source can not reach the infinite receiving plane on the other side of the
cylinder. (1.0 points)
Fig. 25
2B. Dielectric spheres inside an external electric field (3 points)
By immersing a number of small dielectric particles inside a fluid of lowviscosity,
you can get the resulting system as a suspension. When an external electric field is
applied on the system, the suspending dielectric particles will be polarized with
electric dipole moments induced. Within a very short period of time, these polarized
particles aggregate together through dipolar interactions so that the effective viscosity
of the whole system enhances significantly (the resulting system can be
approximately viewed as a solid). This type of phase transition is called
electrorheological effect, and such a system is called electrorheological fluid
correspondingly. Such an effect can be applied to fabricate braking devices in practice,
since the response time of such a phase transition is shorter than conventional
mechanism by several orders of magnitude. Through solving several problems in the
following, you are given a simplified picture to understand the inherent mechanism of
the electrorheological transition.
1. When there are many identical dielectric spheres of radius a immersed inside the
fluid, we assume that the dipole moment of each sphere , is induced solely by
the external field , independent of any of the other spheres (Note: ).
(1) When two identical small dielectric spheres exist inside the fluid and contact
with each other, while the line connecting their centers makes an angle with
the external field direction (see Fig. 26), write the expression of the energy of
dipoledipole interaction between the two small contacting dielectric spheres, in
terms of p, a and . (Note: In your calculations each polarized dielectric sphere
can be viewed as an electric dipole located at the center of the sphere) (0.5 points)
Fig. 26
(2) Calculate the dipoledipole interaction energies for the three configurations
shown in Fig. 27. (0.75 points)
Fig. 27
(3) Identify which configuration of the system is the most stable one. (0.25 points)
(Note: In your calculations each polarized dielectric sphere can be viewed as an
electric dipole located at the center of the sphere, and the energy of dipoledipole
interaction can be expressed in terms of p and a.)
2. In the case that three identical spheres exist inside the fluid, based on the same
assumption as in question 1,
(1) calculate the dipoledipole interaction energies for the three configurations
shown in Fig. 28; (0.9 points)
(2) identify which configuration of the system is the most stable one; (0.3 points)
(3) identify which configuration of the system is the most unstable one. (0.3 points)
(Note: In your calculations each polarized dielectric sphere can be viewed as an
electric dipole located at the center of the sphere, and the energy of dipoledipole
interaction can be expressed in terms of p and a.)
Fig. 28
Theoretical Problem 3
3A. Average contribution of each electron to specific heat of free
electron gas at constant volume (5 points)
1. According to the classical physics the conduction electrons in metals constitute
free electron gas like an ideal gas. In thermal equilibrium their average energy relates
to temperature, therefore they contribute to the specific heat. The average contribution
of each electron to the specific heat of free electron gas at constant volume is defined
as
, 1
where is the average energy of each electron. However the value of the specific
heat at constant volume is a constant, independent of temperature. Please calculate
and the average contribution of each electron to the specific heat at constant
volume .
(1.0 points)
2Experimentally it has been shown that the specific heat of the conduction
electrons at constant volume in metals depends on temperature, and the experimental
value at room temperature is about two orders of magnitude lower than its classical
counterpart. This is because the electrons obey the quantum statistics rather than
classical statistics. According to the quantum theory, for a metallic material the
density of states of conduction electrons (the number of electronic states per unit
volume and per unit energy) is proportional to the square root of electron energy ,
then the number of states within energy range for a metal of volume V can be
written as
(2)
where C is the normalization constant, determined by the total number of electrons of
the system.
The probability that the state of energy E is occupied by electron is
, (3)
where is the Boltzmann constant and T is the absolute
temperature, while is called Fermi level. Usually at room temperature is
about several eVs for metallic materials (1eV= J). is called Fermi
distribution function shown schematically in the figure below.
(1) Please calculate at room temperature according to (3.5points)
(2) Please give a reasonable explanation for the deviation of the classical result from
that of quantum theory. (0.5 points)
Note: In your calculation the variation of the Fermi level with temperature
could be neglected, i.e. assume , is the Fermi level at 0K. Meanwhile
the Fermi distribution function could be simplified as a linearly descending function
within an energy range of 2 around , otherwise either 0 or 1, i.e.
At room temperature << , therefore calculation can be simplified accordingly.
Meanwhile, the total number of electrons can be calculated at 0K.
3B. The Inverse Compton Scattering (5 points)
By collision with relativistic high energy electron, a photon can get energy from
the high energy electron, i.e. the energy and frequency of the photon increases because
of the collision. This is socalled inverse Compton scattering. Such kind of
phenomenon is of great importance in astrophysics, for example, it provides an
important mechanism for producing X rays and rays in space.
1. A high energy electron of total energy (its kinetic energy is higher than static
energy) and a low energy photon (its energy is less than the static energy of an
electron) of frequency move in opposite directions, and collide with each other.
As shown in the figure below, the collision scatters the photon, making the scattered
photon move along the direction which makes an angle with its original incident
direction (the scattered electron is not shown in the figure). Calculate the energy of
the scattered photon, expressed in terms of and static energy of the
electron. Show the value of , at which the scattered photon has the maximum
energy, and the value of this maximum energy. (2.4 points)
2. Assume that the energy
of the incident electron is much higher than its static
energy
,
which can be shown as and that the energy of the
incident photon is much less than , show the approximate expression of the
maximum energy of the scattered photon. Taking and the wavelength of
the incident visible light photon , calculate the approximate maximum
energy and the corresponding wavelength of the scattered photon.
Parameters: Static energy of the electron , Planck constant
J s, and eV nm, where c is the light speed in the
vacuum. (1.2 points)
3. (1) A relativistic high energy electron of total energy and a photon move in
opposite directions and collide with each other. Show the energy of the incident
photon, of which the photon can gain the maximum energy from the incident
electron. Calculate the energy of the scattered photon in this case. (0.7 points)
(2) A relativistic high energy electron of total energy and a photon, moving in
perpendicular directions respectively, collide with each other. Show the energy of
the incident photon, of which the photon can gain the maximum energy from the
incident electron. Calculate the energy of the scattered photon in this case. (0.7
points)
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Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia (April 22, 2008 )

Theoretical Problem 1. Tea Ceremony and Physics of Bubbles
The tea ceremony is traditional in Asia. One of the important steps in preparation of tea is the
boiling of fresh water when bubbles appear inside. Bubbles are familiar from daily life and
occupy an important role in physics, chemistry, medicine and technology. Nevertheless, their
behavior is often surprising and unexpected  and, in many cases, still not understood.
At room temperature the pure water is saturated with gas. With increasing temperature the excess
pressure of dissolved gas increases, the dissolved air is liberated and air bubbles (ABs)
appear at the bottom and walls of teakettle (Fig.2). For pure water the wettability is sufficient
and an AB represents a truncated sphere with radius and with unwetted foundation with
radius . At more heating ABs expand and by reaching certain sizes can detach from
the bottom (Fig.3), flow up to the water surface and burst there. The vapor bubbles (VBs)
appear when the water temperature at the bottom reaches the critical value at
which the pressure of the saturated vapor exceeds the external pressure. The vapor production
increases tens times, VBs expand and detach from the bottom. VB may be considered
consisting only of vapor. If the water is heated sufficiently, the uprising VB continue to swell,
reach the surface and burst. Else, water is not heated enough in the higher layers and there exits a
vertical strong temperature gradient. By reaching relatively cold layers of water VB collapse in
the volume of water (Fig.4). This causes the induced degassing  strong oscillations and a
considerable amount of dissolved air is released in the form of microscopic air bubbles (MAB).
This can generate ultrasonic vibrations.
The main stages of the bubble evolution during the boiling process are:
 the appearance and growth of AB at the bottom and walls, their transmutation into VB;
 the detachment and uprising of VB, their disappearance in the water volume or at the surface;
 the appearance of MAB in the water volume and their uprising to the surface.
This theoretical description is in good agreement with modern experiments. Particularly, an
interesting noise analysis experiment (NAE, Ural State University, Ekaterinburg) for the boiling
water was performed. Highly sensitive microphones attached to wideband amplifiers and
brought to an electric teakettle have detected three main origins of noises:
1. AB's detachments from the bottom before boiling (generate oscillations with ~ 100 Hz, );
2. VB's collapses in the volume of water (generate oscillations with ~ 1 kHz );
3. MAB's appearances under the water surface (generate oscillations with ~35kHz to 60kHz).
2
Hints:
1) It is well known that a small bubble rises along a rectilinear path and a laminar flow is
observed  water flows easy and layerwise (see Fig.1). Then, the Stokes formula describes the
dissipative force for a particle moving with slow velocity :
In contrast to this picture, when relatively large bubbles lift to the surface, it disturbs the
surrounding water, cavitation hollows appear behind and the turbulent flow is observed (see
Fig.1). In this case a part of the kinetic energy of an uprising bubble transfers into the dissipative
work.
.
Fig 1. Laminar and turbulent types of flow for rising air bubbles in water
2) When the surface of liquid has a convex (concave) form there appears a surface tension force
due to molecular interaction near the edge. This pressure can be given by formula
where  is the surface tension coefficient (unit=N/m), the force coming to unit length of
surface, R is the radius of surface curvity.
3) When dealing with a short process with characteristic duration time "t", its inverse value may
be considered as a characteristic frequency . Use this definition for calculating the noise
frequencies.
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Useful data:
 atmospheric pressure,
 water density,
 vapor density at T=293K; ( at T=373K)
 vapor pressure at T=293K; ( at T=373K)
 acceleration of gravity,
 molecular weight of air
 the gas universal constant
 surface tension coefficient of water,
 coefficient of viscosity of water
H=10cm Water attitude in teakettle
Fig. 2. Bubbles in teakettle Fig. 3. Air bubble detaching
from the bottom
Fig. 4. Vapor bubble
collapsing
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Questions (total 10 points):
Consider water boiling in a flatbottomed cylinder glass teakettle at normal atmospheric pressure.
The bottom of the kettle heats up uniformly and a vertical temperature gradient exists, bubbles
appear and evolute (Fig.2).
Q1. Write the pressure condition of the growth of an AB in the water volume at
height h<H, where H is the water surface level in the teakettle. Take into account the
inequality . [in terms of ] (1.0 point)
Q2. Write for an AB the condition of the detachment from the bottom of the teakettle
(Fig.3).
Take into account the relation . [in terms of ] (1.5 points)
Q3. Consider an AB with radius at the bottom of the teakettle. As water is boiled, the
bubble is saturated with vapor and enlarges its radius. Write the ratio of the
masses of the air and saturated vapor inside the bubble at given temperature T. Calculate the
ratio at room temperature T=20
o
C ( ) and at boiling point at T=100
o
C
( ). [in terms of ] (1.5 points)
Q4. By using the NAE data and Newton's Law estimate the radius of the AB detached from
the bottom and uprised in distance (Fig.3). Assume, that the addedmass (taking into
account surrounding water layer) of AB is a half of the analogous water bubble. (1.0 points)
Q5. Write the radius of the foundation of an AB just before the uprising, when the
connecting "neck" is very narrow (see Fig.3). [in terms of ]. Calculate it by using
the radius found in Q4. (1.5 points)
Q6. By using the NAE data estimate the radius of collapsing VB (Fig.4) by assuming that the
radial pressure is about 3kPa during this process. (1.2 points)
Q7. By using previous results for VB calculate the radius of the MAB produced during
induced degassing. (0.5 points)
Q8. Write the uprising velocity for typical AB by using the Stokes law of a laminar flow.
[in terms of ]. Estimate the uprising time for H=10cm. (0.6 points)
Q9. Write the average velocity of the elevation of VB with turbulent type of flow
[in terms of ]. Estimate the uprising time for H=10cm. (1.2 points)
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Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia (April 22, 2008 )

Problem 2: Ionic Crystal, Yukawatype Potential and Pauli Principle
Atoms of many chemical elements possess very low ionization energy and easily loose the
outer electrons. Vice versa, atoms of other elements accept easily the electrons. Taken into
one volume, these positive and negative ions can combine into stable ionic structures. Many
solids exhibit a crystal structure, in which the atoms are arranged in extremely regular, periodic
patterns. In an ideal crystal the same basic structural unit is repeated through the space.
Fig.1
The facecentered cubic lattice of the sodium chloride (NaCl).
The lattice spacing between the atomar centres is constant
and is given by parameter .
The main contribution to the binding energy of an ionic crystal is given by the electrostatic
potential energy of ions.
The electric interaction acting between two point charges q
1
and q
2
standing in distance R is
well defined by Coulomb's potential:
where is the Coulomb constant. A negative force implies an
attractive force. The force is directed along the line joining the two charges. For the case of NaCl
crystals both types of ions has the unit charge e and one should also take into account many
other neighbors acting on the chosen ion. Taking into account all positive and negative ions in a
crystal of the infinite sizes results in the attractive potential energy , where r is
the distance between nearest neighbors and =1.74756 is the Madelung constant [E.Madelung,
Phys. Zs, 19 (1918) p542] and used in determining the energy of a single ion in a crystal.
Along the attractive potential energy there should to be a repulsive potential energy due to the
Pauli Exclusion Principle and the overlap of electron shells in a crystal lattice. In contrast to the
Coulombtype attractive part, the repulsive potential energy is very short range.
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There are two different models to describe the repulsive potential.
Model #1. A reasonable approximation to the repulsive potential is an exponential function:
which describes the repulsion interaction of selected ion with the entire crystal lattice. Here is
coupling strength and stands for the range parameter.
Model #2. Another good approximation to the repulsive potential is an inverse power
where b is coupling strength and n is integer greater than 2 (the Born exponent). These
parameters take into account the repulsion with entire crystals.
Obviously, the physical parameters and model potentials depend on the type of crystal lattice.
Experimental data for the lattice constant and the dissociation energy (needed to break
the lattice into separate ions) are given in Table 1 for some ionic crystals at normal temperature
and pressure.
Table 1
Properties of Salt Crystals with the NaCl Structure
[C.Kittel, "Introduction to Solid State Physics",
N.Y., Wiley (1976) p.92] (in one mole there are the
Avogadros number of pairs of ions or atoms).
Crystal
[nm]
NaCl 0.282 +764.4
LiF 0.214 +1014.0
RbBr 0.345 +638.8
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Questions (total 10 points):
Q1. Write down the Coulomb potential for an ion located at the centre of cubic lattice in
Fig 1. Let it interact only with the nearest neighbors (in distance up to and including )
of a crystal lattice. Find the Madelung constant corresponding to this approximation.
(1.5 points)
Q2. By using Model #1 write down the net potential energy per ion . Determine its
equilibrium equation for r= and write down the net potential energy
[in terms of ]. Use exact Madelung constant . (1.5 points)
Q3. By using experimental data estimate the range parameter . Use .
(2.0 points)
Q4. By using Model #2 write down the net potential energy per ion. Determine its
equilibrium position r= and write down the net potential energy . Use exact Madelung
constant . [in terms of ] (2.0 points)
Q5. By using experimental data (from Table 1) estimate the Born exponent n for NaCl.
Estimate the proportions of the Coulomb interaction and the Pauli exclusion (repulsive part) in
the entire net potential energy in the equilibrium state? (1.5 points)
Q6. The ionization energy (required to extract an electron from an atom) of the Na atom is
+5.14 eV, the electron affinity (required to receive an electron to an atom) of the Cl atom is
3.61 eV. Estimate the total binding energy (holds an atom inside lattice) per atom in the NaCl
crystal. The experimental result is . [in terms of eV]
Use the conversion of units: (1.5 points)
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Problem 3. How does a superluminal object look like?
Can a body move faster than the speed of light? The answer is No if the object is moving in the
vacuum. But the answer can be Yes, if we deal with the phase speed of light in an optically
dense medium with refractive index of ( , where is the speed of light in the medium,
and is the speed of light in the vacuum).
We say a body is superluminal, if , where is the velocity of the body. One of the
well known examples of the superluminal body is a charged particle generating Cherenkov
radiation.
Throughout the problem we will deal with a superluminal body of constant velocity in an
optical medium without dispersion. u is the velocity of light in the medium.
For the simplicity, we introduce a notation and an angle given by
and .
1. Radiating superluminal particle
As shown in Fig.1, a radiating particle is moving along the axis with a constant velocity
( ).
An observer M is located at the distance from axis.
We choose the point nearest to the observer as the point O, the origin on the xaxis. The time
when the particle actually passes over the point x=0 is taken to be t=0.
M
x
d
O
Figure 1
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(1)Suppose the light radiated at the given time is observed at time . Express in terms of
and (1.0 point)
(2)At time , the observer first sees the particle at position . Find the apparent position
and the observed time for this first appearance in terms of and .
(2.0 points)
(3) Find the apparent position(s) of the particle for any given time t. Write your answer in
terms of and . (2.0 points)
(4) Find the apparent velocity(s) (t) of the particle for any given time t. Write your answer
in terms of , and . (1.0 point)
(5) Find the apparent velocity(s) of the first appearance of the particle. (0.2 points)
(6) Find the apparent velocity(s) of the particle at infinite distances from the origin, O. Write
your answer in terms of and . (0.2 points)
(7) Sketch the graph of the apparent velocity versus time t, indicating clearly asymptotic
values of the apparent velocity. (1.0 point)
(8) Can an apparent velocity exceed the light speed in the vacuum, i.e. ? (0.2 points)
2.Radiating linear object
Consider a linear object, radiating light and moving along the xaxis. The length of the linear
object is in the rest frame of the object.
A. Parallel movement
In this section, we assume that the radiating linear object moves longitudinally along xaxis as
shown in Fig.2.
(9) Determine the time interval of complete appearance of the whole linear object from the
first appearance of its front point. Write your answer in terms of and . (0.3 points)
O
Figure 2
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(10) Determine the apparent length(s) of the object at the moment of its complete appearance.
Write your answer in terms of and (0.4 points)
B. Perpendicular movement
In this section, we assume that the radiating linear object moves perpendicularly along xaxis as
shown in Fig.3. Let the observer be located at the origin of axis . The object is
symmetrical with respect to xaxis.
(11) Show that for a given time , the apparent form of this object is an ellipse or part(s) of an
ellipse. (0.7 points)
Find the following quantities and express them in terms of , and .
(12) Find the position of the centre of symmetry of the ellipse for a given time in terms of
and . (0.5 points)
(13) Determine the lengths of the semimajor and semiminor axes of the ellipse for a given time
in terms of and . (0.5 points)
O
Figure 3
y
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Rolling Cylinders
A thinwalled cylinder of mass M and rough inner surface of radius R can rotate about its fixed
central horizontal axis OZ. The Zaxis is perpendicular to and out of the page. Another smaller
uniform solid cylinder of mass m and radius r rolls without slipping (except for question 1.8) on
the inner surface of M about its own central axis which is parallel to OZ.
1.1) The rotation of M is to be started from rest at the instant 0 t = when m is resting at the lowest
point. At a later time t the angular position of the centre of mass of m is and by then M
has turned through an angle radians. How many radians (designated ) would have mass
m turned through about its central axis relative to a fixed line (for example, the negative Y
axis)? Give your answer in terms of , , R and r . (0.8 point)
1.2) What is the angular acceleration of m,
2
2
d
dt
, about its own axis through its centre of mass?
Give your answer in terms of , , R r and derivatives of and . (0.2 point)
1.3) Derive an equation for the angular acceleration of the centre of mass of m,
2
2
d
dt
, in terms of
2
2
, , , , ,
d
m g R r
dt
, and the moment of inertia
CM
I of m about its central axis. (1.8 points)
M
m
R
X
Y
O
g = acceleration due to
gravity
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1.4) What is the period of small amplitude oscillation of m when M is constrained to rotate at a
constant angular velocity? Give your answer only in terms of , , R r and g . (1.3 point)
1.5) What is the value of for the equilibrium position of m in question 1.4? (0.2 point)
1.6) What is the equilibrium position of m when M is rotating with a constant angular acceleration
? Give your answer in terms of , , R g and . (0.7 point)
1.7) Now M is allowed to rotate (oscillate) freely, without constraint, about its central axis OZ
while m is executing a smallamplitude oscillation by pure rolling on the inner surface of M .
Find the period of this oscillation. (2.5 points)
1.8) Consider the situation in which M is rotating steadily at an angular velocity and m is
rotating (rolling) about its stationary centre of mass, at the equilibrium position found in
question 1.5. M is then brought abruptly to a halt. What must be the lowest value of such
that m will roll up and reach the highest point of the cylindrical surface of M ? The
coefficient of friction between m and M is assumed to be sufficiently high that m begins to
roll without slipping soon after a short skidding right after M is stopped. (2.5 points)
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A Selfexcited Magnetic Dynamo
A metallic disc of radius a mounted on a slender axle is rotating with a constant angular velocity
inside a long solenoid of inductance L whose two ends are connected to the rotating disc by two
brush contacts as shown. The total resistance of the whole circuit is R . A small magnetic
disturbance can initiate the growth of an induced electromotive force across the terminals P, Q.
2.1) Write down the differential equation for ( ) i t , the current through the circuit. Express your
answer in terms of , , L R and the induced e.m.f. ( ) E across the terminals P and Q. (1.0 point)
2.2) What is the value of the magnetic flux density ( ) B in terms of , , , i N A and the permeability of
free space
0
? Ignore the magnetic field generated by the disc and the axle. (1.5 points)
brush
Q
long uniform solenoid
of N turns, length A
a P
1
Fig. 1
2
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Question Number 1
From data on
2
, one can determine if the target particle is elementary or composite.
We shall assume that
2
lies in the plane and that the and components of
2
are
given, respectively, by
2
and
2
.
(i) Find an expression for in terms of , ,
1
,
2
, and
2
. [0.2 point]
(ii) If the target particle is elementary, the momenta
1
,
2
, and
2
are related in a
particular way by a condition.
For given
1
, plot the condition as a curve in the
2

2
plane. Specify the value
of
2
for each intercept of the curve with the
2
axis. In the same plot, locate regions
of points of
2
corresponding to < 0, = 0, > 0, and label each of them as such.
[0.7 point]
For a stationary composite target in its ground state before scattering, which region(s)
of contains those points of
2
allowed? [0.2 point]
(b) Now, consider a composite target consisting of two elementary particles each with
mass
1
2
. They are connected by a spring of negligible mass. See Fig. 2. The spring has a
force constant and does not bend sideways. Initially, the target is stationary with its
center of mass at the origin O, and the spring, inclined at an angle to theaxis, is at its
natural length
0
. For simplicity, we assume that only vibrational and rotational motions
can be excited in the target as a result of scattering.
The incident elementary particle of mass moves in thedirection both before and
after scattering with its momenta given, respectively, by
1
and
2
. Note that
2
is negative
if the particle recoils and moves backward. A scattering occurs only if the incident particle
hits one of the target particles and
2
1
. We assume all three particles move in the same
plane before and after scattering.
(i) If the maximum length of the spring after scattering is
m
, find an equation which
relates the ratio = (
m
0
)/
0
to the quantities, ,
0
, , , ,
1
and
2
.
[0.7 point]
Fig. 2
0
1
2
1
2
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(ii) Let sin
2
. When the angle of orientation of the target is allowed to vary, the
scattering cross section gives the effective target area, in a plane normal to the
direction of incidence, which allows certain outcomes to occur as a result of scattering.
It is known that for all outcomes which lead to the same value of
2
, the value
of must span an interval (
min
,
max
) and we may choose the unit of cross section
so that is simply given by the numerical range(
max
min
) of the interval. Note
that
min
,
max
, and, consequently, are dependent on
2
. Let
c
be the threshold
value of
2
at which starts to become independent of
2
.
In the limit of large, give an estimate of
c
. Express your answer in terms of , ,
and
1
. [1.1 points]
Assume=3mand in the limit of large, plot as a function of
2
for a given
1
. In
the plot, specify the range of and p
2
. [1.1 points]
Part B. Waves on a String
Consider an elastic string stretched between two fixed ends A and B, as shown in Fig. 3.
The linear mass density of the string is . The speed of propagation for transverse waves in
the string is . Let the length AB
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Part C. An Expanding Universe
Photons in the universe play an important role in delivering information across the cosmos.
However, the fact that the universe is expanding must be taken into account when one tries to
extract information from these photons. To this end, we normally express length and distance
using a universal scale factor () which depends on time. Thus the distance() between
two stars stationary in their respective local frames is proportional to ():
() = (), (1)
where is a constant and (t) accounts for the expansion of the universe. We use a dot above
a symbol of a variable to denote its time derivative, i.e. (t) = ()/, and let ()
().
Taking time derivatives of both sides of Eq. (1), one obtains the Hubble law:
() = ()(), (2)
where() = ()/() is the Hubble parameter at time. At the current time
0
, we have
(
0
) = 72 km s
1
Mpc
1
,
where1 Mpc = 3.0857 10
19
km = 3.2616 10
6
lightyear.
Assume the universe to be infinitely large and expanding in such a way that
() exp(),
where is a constant. In such a universe, the Hubble parameter is a constant equal to (
0
).
Moreover, it can be shown that the wavelength of photons travelling in the universe will be
stretched in proportion to the expansion of the universe, i.e.
() ().
Now suppose that photons making up a Lymanalpha emission line were emitted at
e
by
a star that was stationary in its local frame and that we as observers are stationary in our local
frame. When these photons were emitted, their wavelength was (
e
) = 121.5 nm. But when
they reach us now at
0
, their wavelength is redshifted to 145.8 nm.
(e) As these photons traveled, the universe kept expanding so that the star kept receding from
us. Given that the speed of light in vacuum has never changed, what was the distance
(
e
) of the star from us when these photons were emitted at
e
? Express the answer in
units of Mpc. [2.2 points]
(f) What is the receding velocity (
0
) of the star with respect to us now at
0
? Express the
answer in units of the speed of light in vacuum. [0.8 point]
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Appendix
The following formula may be used when needed:
=
1
).
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Question Number 2
Theoretical Question 2
Strong Resistive Electromagnets
Resistive electromagnets are magnets with coils made of a normal metal such as copper or
aluminum. Modern strong resistive electromagnets can provide steady magnetic fields higher
than 30 tesla. Their coils are typically built by stacking hundreds of thin circular plates made
of copper sheet metal with lots of cooling holes stamped in them; there are also insulators
with the same pattern. When voltage is applied across the coil, current flows through the
plates along a helical path to generate high magnetic fields in the center of the magnet.
In this question we aim to assess if a cylindrical coil (or solenoid) of many turns can serve
as a magnet for generating high magnetic fields. As shown in Fig. 1, the center of the magnet
is at O. Its cylindrical coil consists of turns of copper wire carrying a current uniformly
distributed over the cross section of the wire. The coils mean diameter is and its length
along the axial direction is . The wires cross section is rectangular with width and
height . The turns of the coil are so tightly wound that the plane of each turn may be taken as
perpendicular to the axis and = . In Table 1, data specifying physical dimensions of the
coil are listed.
In assessing if such a magnet can serve to provide high magnetic fields, two limiting
factors must not be overlooked. One is the mechanical rigidity of the coil to withstand large
Lorentz force on the fieldproducing current. The other is that the enormous amount of J oule
heat generated in the wire must not cause excessive temperature rise. We shall examine these
two factors using simplified models.
The Appendix at the end of the question lists some mathematical formulae and physical
data which may be used if necessary.
Part A. Magnetic Fields on the Axis of the Coil
Assume
so that one may regard the wire as a thin strip of width . Let O be the
origin of
coordinates. The direction of the current flow is as shown in Fig. 1.
= 12.0 cm
= 6.0 cm
= 2.0 mm
= 5.0 mm
Table 1
Figure 1
/2
I
/2
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Question Number 2
(a) Find thecomponent () of the magnetic field on the axis of the coil as a function
of when the steady current passing through the coil is . [1.0 point]
(b) Find the steady current
0
passing through the coil if (0) i s10.0 T. Use data given in
Table 1 when computing numerical values. [0.4 point]
Part B. The Upper Limit of Current
In Part B, we assume the length of the coil is infinite and . Consider the turn of
the coil located at = 0. The magnetic field exerts Lorentz force on the current passing
through the turn. Thus, as Fig. 2 shows, a wire segment of length is subject to a normal
force
n
which tends to make the turn expand.
(c) Suppose that, when the current is , the mean diameter of the expanded coil remains at a
constant value
= 8.98 10
3
kg m
3
.
(e) Find an expression for the power density (i.e. power per unit volume) of heat generation in
the coil and then calculate its value. Use data in Table 1. [0.5 point]
Figure 2
/2
n
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Question Number 2
(f) Let
be the time rate of change of temperature in the coil. Find an expression for
and
then calculate its value. [0.5 point]
Part D. A PulsedField Magnet
If the large current needed for a strong magnet lasts only for a short time, the temperature
rise caused by excessive J oule heating may be greatly reduced. This idea is employed in a
pulsedfield magnet.
Thus, as shown in Fig. 3, a capacitor bank of capacitance charged initially to a
potential
0
is used to drive the current through the coil. The circuit is equipped with a
switch . The inductance
and resistance
of the circuit are assumed to be entirely due to
the coil. The construct and dimensions of the coil are the same as given in Fig. 1 and Table 1.
Assume, , and
to be independent of temperature and the magnetic field is the same as
that of an infinite solenoid with .
(g) Find expressions for the inductance
and resistance. [0.6 point]
Calculate the values of and . Use data given in Table 1. [0.4 point]
(h) At time = 0, the switch is thrown to position 1 and the current starts flowing.
For 0, the charge() on the positive plate of the capacitor and the current ()
entering the positive plate are given by
() =
0
sin
0
sin( +
0
), (1)
() =
= (
cos
0
)
0
sin
0
sin , (2)
in which and are positive constants and
0
is given by
tan
0
=
, 0 <
0
<
2
. (3)
Note that, if () is expressed as a function of a new variable ( +
0
/), then()
and its time derivative() are identical in form except for an overall constant factor. The
time derivative of () may therefore be obtained similarly without further differentiations.
Find and in terms of , , and . [0.8 point]
Calculate the values of and when
is10.0 mF. [0.4 point]
Figure 3
1
2
0
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Question Number 2
(i) Let
m
be the maximum value of () for > 0. Find an expression for
m
. [0.6 point]
If = 10.0 mF, what is the maximum value
0b
of the initial voltage
0
of the capacitor
bank for which
m
will not exceed
b
found in Problem (d)? [0.4 point]
(j) Suppose the switch is moved instantly from position 1 to 2 when the absolute value of
the current  () reaches
m
. Let be the total amount of heat dissipated in the coil
from = 0 to and the corresponding temperature increase of the coil. Assume the
initial voltage
0
takes on the maximum value
0b
obtained in Problem (i) and the
electromagnetic energy loss is only in the form of heat dissipated in the coil.
Find an expression for and then calculate its value. [1.0 point]
Find an expression for and then calculate its value. Note that the value for must be
compatible with the assumption of constant and . [0.4 point]
Appendix
1.
(
2
+
2
)
3/2
0
=
1
(
2
+
2
)
1/2
2. sin( ) = sin cos cos sin
3. permeability of free space
0
= 4 10
7
T m/A
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Question Number 3
Theoretical Question 3
Electron and Gas Bubbles in Liquids
This question deals with physics of two bubbleinliquid systems. It has two parts:
Part A. An electron bubble in liquid helium
Part B. Single gas bubble in liquid
Part A. An Electron Bubble in Liquid Helium
When an electron is planted inside liquid helium, it can repel atoms of liquid helium and
form what is called an electron bubble. The bubble contains nothing but the electron itself.
We shall be interested mainly in its size and stability.
We use to denote the uncertainty of a quantity . The components of an electrons
position vector = (, , ) and momentum vector = (
/.
It follows from the equation of continuity of incompressible
fluids that the liquids radial velocity / at distance from the center of the bubble is
related to the rate of change of the bubbles volume by
= 4
2
= 4
2
. (1)
This implies that the total kinetic energy
k
of the liquid with mass density
0
is
k
=
1
2
0
(4
2
)
2
= 2
0
= 2
0
0
(2)
where
0
is the radius of the outer surface of the liquid.
0
0
T
0
Fig. 1
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Question Number 3
(f) Assume the ambient pressure
0
acting on the outer surface =
0
of the liquid is constant.
Let = () be the gas pressure when the radius of the bubble is .
Find the amount of work done on the liquid when the radius of the bubble changes
from to +. Use
0
and to express . [0.4 point]
The work must be equal to the corresponding change in the total kinetic energy of the
liquid. In the limit
0
, it follows that we have Bernoullis equation in the form
1
2
0
m
2
= (
0
)
n
. (3)
Find the exponents m and n in Eq. (3). Use dimensional arguments if necessary. [0.4 point]
Collapsing of the gas bubble
From here on, we consider only the collapsing stage of the bubble. The mass density of the
liquid is
0
= 1.0 10
3
kg m
3
, the temperature
0
of the liquid is 300 K and the ambient
pressure
0
is 1.01 10
5
Pa. We assume that
0
,
0
, and
0
remain constant at all times and
the bubble collapses adiabatically without any exchange of mass across the bubbleliquid
interface.
The bubble considered is filled with an ideal gas. The ratio of specific heat at constant
pressure to that at constant volume for the gas is = 5/3. When under temperature
0
and
pressure
0
, the equilibrium radius of the bubble is
0
= 5.00 m.
Now, this bubble begins its collapsing stage at time = 0 with (0) =
i
= 7
0
,
2
+() = 0. (4)
Let
i
(
i
) be the gas pressure of the bubble when =
i
. If we introduce the
ratio
i
/[( 1)
0
] , the function () may be expressed as
() =
5
[(1
2
)
2
(1
3
)]. (5)
Find the coefficient in terms of
i
and
0
. [0.6 point]
(i) Let
m
be the minimum radius of the bubble during the collapsing stage and define
m
m
/
i
. For 1, we have
m
m
.
Find the constant
m
. [0.4 point]
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Question Number 3
Evaluate
m
for
i
= 7
0
. [0.3 point]
Evaluate the temperature
m
of the gas at =
m
. [0.3 point]
(j) Assume
i
= 7
0
. Let
 reaches its maximum value. The gas temperature rises rapidly for values of near
.
Give an expression and then estimate the value of
. [0.6 point]
Let be the value of at =
(
m
+
supplied to it by the
driving liquid pressure.
(k) Find the power
=
1
2. Electron mass = 9.11 10
31
kg
3. Planck constant = 2 = 2 1.055 10
34
J s
4. StefanBoltzmanns constant
SB
= 5.67 10
8
W m
2
K
4
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Theoretical Question 1: The ShockleyJames Paradox
In the year 1905, Albert Einstein proposed the special theory of relativity to resolve the inconsistency between
Newtons mechanics and Maxwells electromagnetism. Proper understanding of the theory led to the resolution of
many apparent paradoxes. At the time, the discussion focused mostly on the propagation of electromagnetic waves.
In this question, we solve a paradox of a different type. For a fairly simple system of charges proposed by W.
Shockley and R. P. James in 1967, understanding the conservation of linear momentum requires careful relativistic
analysis. If a point charge is located near a magnet of changing magnetization, there's an induced electric force on the
charge, but no apparent reaction on the magnet. The process may be slow enough that any electromagnetic radiation
(and any momentum carried away by it) is negligible. Thus, apparently we get a cannon without recoil.
In our analysis of this system, we will demonstrate that in relativistic mechanics, a composite body may hold a non
zero mechanical momentum while remaining stationary.
Part I: Understanding the impulse on the point charge (3.3 points)
Consider a circular current loop of radius carrying a current
of the current in the smaller loop. Neglect the current in the larger loop. Hint: the induced
EMF is equal to the rate of change of the magnetic flux through the loop.
c. (0.5 pts.) The EMF you found in part (b) is due to the tangential component of an induced electric field. Obtain an
expression for the tangential electric field at radius as a function of the rate of change
of the current.
Figure 1: A circular current loop and a point charge .
We now remove the larger current loop, and instead put a massive point charge at radius , as shown in Figure 1. It
may be assumed that the charge moves very little during the relevant time periods.
d. (1 pt.) Find the total tangential impulse received by the point charge as the current in the small loop changes
from an initial value
.
Part II: Understanding the recoil of the current loop (4.4 points)
We will now understand the origin of the recoil of the loop, using a loop of different geometry.
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e. (1.1 pts.) Consider a hollow tube with walls made of a neutral insulating material of length and cross section
carrying an electric current . The current is due to charged particles of rest mass and charge distributed
homogenously inside the tube with number density . Assume that the charged particles are all moving along the
tube with the same velocity. Find the total momentum of the charged particles in the tube, taking Special
Relativity effects into account.
f. (3.3 pts.) Consider a square current loop with side . At a distance from the loop, there is a point charge ;
see Figure 2. The loop carries current . We will model the current loop as a neutral tube, as in part (e). The charge
carriers can move freely along the loop, colliding elastically with the walls and making elastic right turns at the
corners. Neglect all interactions among the charge carriers. Assume also that all the charge carriers at a given
section along the tube always move with the same velocity. Assume that the loop is heavy and that its motion can
be neglected. Calculate the total linear momentum
where is the speed of light.
h. (1.5 pts.) In a more realistic model, the current loop is a conducting wire, and the field of the point charge does
not penetrate into the conductor. We assume that the current is still conducted by charge carriers inside the wire.
Decide whether each of the following statements is true or false, and circle the correct option in the Answer Form.
Note: You may leave a statement undecided, but if you decide incorrectly, you will not get credit at all for part
(h).
A. (0.5 pts.) The linear momentum of the current loop is zero.
B. (0.5 pts.) As the total current in the loop changes from to zero, the charge carriers decelerate, causing induced
currents in the wires conducting material. Because of these induced currents, the point charge will not get a net
impulse.
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C. (0.5 pts.) The surface charges on the wire, induced by the presence of the external charge, will experience an
electric force as the current changes from to zero. This way, the loop will get the same impulse as found in part
(f).
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Theoretical Question 2: Creaking Door
The phenomenon of creaking is very common, and can be found in doors, closets, chalk squeaking on a blackboard,
playing a violin, new shoes, car brakes and other systems from everyday life. Here in Israel, a similar phenomenon
causes violent earthquakes with a period of several decades. These originate in the Dead Sea rift, located right above
the deepest known break in the earth's crust.
The physical mechanism for creaking is based on elasticity combined with the difference between the static and the
kinetic friction coefficients. In this question, we will study this mechanism and its application to the case of an
opening door.
Part I: General model (7.5 points)
Consider the following system (see Figure 1):
A box with mass is attached to a long ideal spring with spring constant , whose other end is driven at a constant
velocity . The static and the kinetic friction coefficients between the box and the floor are given respectively by
and
, where
.
We would like to understand why this setup supports two different forms of motion:
1. The friction is always kinetic. This is known as a pure slip mode.
2. Kinetic and static friction alternate. This is known as a stickslip mode. Stickslip motion is the source of
the creaking sound commonly encountered.
a. (1 pt.) Consider the case where at the initial time , the box slides on the floor with velocity
, and the
springs tension exactly balances the kinetic friction. Assume
.
b. (1.2 pts.) Now, consider the case where at the box is at rest, while the initial spring elongation is the same
as in part (a). Sketch a qualitative graph of the velocity of the box with respect to the floor for ,
where is the (new) period of the oscillations . Motion to the right corresponds to a positive sign of .
Indicate approximately on your graph the horizontal line .
c. (0.5 pts.) For the initial conditions of part (b), find the timeaveraged value of the springs elongation after a
sufficiently long time has passed.
Figure 1: A general model for creaking
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d. (2.4 pts.) For the conditions of part (b), find the period of the oscillations .
Generically, stickslip motion stops at high driving velocities . We will now discuss one of the possible mechanisms
behind this effect.
e. (2.4 pts.) Suppose that during each period , a small amount of energy is dissipated into heat in the spring, via an
additional mechanism. Let be the fractional amplitude loss per period due to dissipation in pureslip
motion. For , find the critical driving velocity
and
respectively, with
. The upper
end of the cylinder is attached to the door, which can be regarded as perfectly rigid. A typical door hangs on two or
three such hinges, but its weight is concentrated on only one of them this is the hinge that will creak. The cylinder of
that hinge presses down on its metal base with the weight of the entire door, whose mass is .
The cylinder is not a perfectly rigid body it can twist tangentially without changing its overall form, so that vertical
line segments become tilted with a small angle ; see Figure 3. The elastic force on a small area element of the
base due to this deformation is given by:
,
where is a material property known as the shear modulus. Use the values , , ,
, ,
Wall
Door
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Assume that the frequency
. Provide an expression
and a numerical result.
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Figure 1: A partially
inflated birthday balloon.
Theoretical Question 3: Birthday Balloon
The picture shows a long rubber balloon, the kind that is popular at birthday parties.
A partially inflated balloon usually splits into two domains of different radii. In this
question, we consider a simplified model to help us understand this phenomenon.
Consider a balloon with the shape of a long homogeneous cylinder (except for the
ends), with a mouthpiece through which the balloon can be inflated. All processes
will be considered isothermal at room temperature. At all times, the pressure inside
the balloon exceeds the atmospheric pressure
and
the
radius and length of the balloon before it was inflated.
a. (1.8 pts.) The balloon is held by the mouthpiece, while its other parts hang freely. Find the ratio
between the
longitudinal surface tension
(in the direction parallel to the balloons axis) and the transverse surface tension
(in the direction tangent to the balloons circular crosssection).
The surface tension of a rubber film is the force that adjacent parts exert on each other, per unit length of the
boundary.
Hooke's Law is a linear approximation of realworld elasticity for small tensions. Assume that the balloons length
remains constant at
)
b. (1 pt.) With these assumptions, obtain an expression for the dependence of the pressure inside the balloon on the
balloon's volume . Sketch a plot of
resulting from Hooke's elasticity approximation?
In reality, because the inflation ratio
is large (in Figure 1, typical values of about 5 can be observed), one must
consider nonlinear behavior of the rubber and changes in the balloons length. These effects allow higher inflation
pressures than predicted by part (b). In a typical balloon, the graph of
.
This behavior is depicted in Figure 2.
c. (1.3 pts.) Sketch a qualitative plot of the pressure difference
where and are positive constants. Assume that the volume is larger than the balloons uninflated volume
,
and is large enough so that the function (2) is positive in the entire physical range
, and sufficient
perturbations exist at every step, this explosive volume jump will happen at a certain pressure
, the volume
and
.
f. (1.4 pts.) The balloon is in the volume range that supports two coexisting domains. Find the length
of the
thinner domain as a function of the total air volume . Express your answer in terms of
of
the thinner domain.
g. (1.2 pts.) The balloon is in the volume range that supports two coexisting domains. Find the latent work
that must be performed on the balloon to convert a unit length of the thin domain into the thick domain.
Express your answer in terms of
) where
is unit
vector in direction. We will assume that during the fall,
magnetic moment remains in the same direction. The axial
component (
) of the magnetic
field at an arbitrary point (, , ) when the magnet is at the
origin are given by
= (1)
James H. Jeans
(18771946)
Figure 1
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4
2
+
2
3
2
3
2
2
+
2
1
0
4
3
(
2
+
2
)
5/2
where
0
is the permeability of free space.
I.3 Let the instantaneous speed of the magnet be . Obtain the magnitude of the
induced emf (
( =
). Assume that at an instant , the magnet has a coordinate () with an
instantaneous speed . You should leave your answer in terms of a dimensionless
integral , involving a dimensionless variable = ( )/. [2.0 points]
I.11 Assume that the damping constant depends on the following
= (
0
, ,
0
, )
where
0
is the effective resistance of a long pipe. Use dimensional analysis to
obtain an expression for . Take the dimensionless constant to be unity.[1.0 point]
The following integral may be useful:
2
+
2
=
1
2
2
+
2
1
1
+Constant (n > 1)
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Chandrasekhar Limit
In a famous work carried out in 1930, the Indian Physicist Prof Subrahmanyan
Chandrasekhar (19101995) studied the stability of stars. The problem will help you
to construct a simplified version of his analysis.
You may find the following symbols and values useful.
Speed of light in vacuum = 3.00 10
8
m. s
1
Plancks constant = 6.63 10
34
J. s
Universal constant of Gravitation
= 6.67 10
11
N. m
2
. kg
2
Rest mass of electron
= 9.11 10
31
kg
Rest mass of proton
= 1.67 10
27
kg
II.1. Consider a spherical star of uniform density, radius and mass . Derive an
expression for its gravitational potential energy (
3
10
4
2/3
7/3
5/3
2
where
2
4
4/3
5/3
4/3
Obtain the expression for the mass for which, the star can be in equilibrium in terms
of the constants provided at the beginning of the question. We call this the critical
mass (
). [1.5 points]
II.7. If the mass of the star is greater than the critical mass
).
(Note: Your answer may differ from Chandrasekhars famous result because of
the approximations made in this analysis)
[1.5 points]
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Pancharatnam Phase
This problem deals with the two beam phenomena associated with light, its
interference, polarization and superposition. The particular context of the problem
was studied by the Indian physicist S. Pancharatnam (19341969).
Consider the experimental set up as shown in Fig. (1). Two coherent monochromatic light
beams (marked as beam 1 and 2), travelling in the direction, are incident on two narrow
slits and separated by a distance (
1
2
= ). After passing through the slits the two
beams interfere and the pattern is observed on the screen . The distance between the slits
and the screen is and . Assume that the width of each slit
1
and
2
is much
smaller than the wavelength of light.
III.1. Let the beams 1 and 2 be linearly polarized at = 0. The corresponding
electric field vectors are given by
where is the unit vector along the axis, is angular frequency of light and
0
is
the amplitude. Find the expression for the intensity of the light , that will be
observed on the screen where is the angle shown in Fig. (1). Express your answer
in terms of , ,
0
, and where is the speed of light. Also, note that the
intensity is proportional to the time average of the square of the electric field. Here
you make take the proportionality constant to be . You may ignore the attenuation
in the magnitude of the electric fields with distance from the slits to any point on
the screen.
[1.0 point]
III.2. A perfectly transparent glass slab of thickness and refractive index is
1
=
0
cos()
(1a)
2
=
0
cos()
(1b)
Figure 1
S. Pancharatnam
(19341969)
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introduced in the path of beam 1 before the slits. Find the expression for the
intensity of the light that will be observed on the screen. Express your answer
in terms of , ,
0
, , , and .
[1.0 point]
III.3. An optical device (known as quarter wave plate (QWP)) is introduced in the
path of beam 1, before the slits, replacing the glass slab. This device changes the
polarization of the beam from the linear polarization state
to a circular polarization state which is given by
where is the unit vector along the axis.
Assume that the device does not introduce any additional path difference and that
it is perfectly transparent. Note that the tip of the electric field vector traces a
circle as time elapses and hence, the beam is said to be circularly polarized. We
assume that the angle is small enough so that intensity from slit one does not
depend on the angle even for polarization.
III.3.a. Find the expression for the intensity of the light that will be observed
on the screen. Express your answer in terms of , ,
0
, and .
III.3.b. What is the maximum intensity (
)?
III.3.c. What is the minimum intensity (
)?
[2.0 points]
III.4.
Now, consider the experimental setup (see Fig. (2)) in which the beam 1 is subjected to
the device (QWP) described in part 3 and,
a linear polarizer (marked as I), between = and = which allows only
the component of the electric field parallel to an axis () to pass through. The
1
=
0
cos()
1
=
1
2
0
cos() +
0
sin()
(2)
Figure 2
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unit vector is defined as
= cos + sin
and,
another linear polarizer (marked as II) between = and = which
polarizes the beam back to direction.
Thus the beam 1 is back to its original state of polarization. Assume that the
polarizers do not introduce any path difference and are perfectly transparent.
III.4.a. Write down the expression for the electric field of beam 1 after the first
polarizer at = [
1
( = )].
III.4.b. Write down the expression for the electric field of beam 1 after the
second polarizer at = [
1
( = )].
III.4.c. What is the phase difference () between the two beams at the slits?
[2.0 points]
The most general type of polarization is elliptical polarization. A convenient way of
expressing elliptical polarization is to consider it as a superposition of two orthogonal
linearly polarized components i.e.
where and and this state of polarization are depicted in Fig. 3.
The tip of the electric field vector traces an ellipse
as time elapses. Here represents the ellipticity
and is given by
tan =
Semiminor axis of the ellipse
Semimajor axis of the ellipse
Linear polarization (Eqs. (1)) and circular
polarization (Eq. (2)) are special cases of elliptical
polarization (Eq. (3)). The two parameters
( [0, ])and ( [/4, /4]) completely
describe the state of polarization.
=
0
cos cos() +
0
sin sin()
(3)
Figure 3
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The polarization state can also be represented by
a point on a sphere of unit radius called the
Poincare sphere. The polarization of the beam
described in Eq. (3) is represented by a point
on the Poincare sphere (see Fig. 4), then latitude
= 2 and longitude = 2. Here
is the center.
III.5. Consider a point on the equator of the Poincare sphere.
III.5.a. Write down the electric field (
Eq
) corresponding to this point.
III.5.b. What is its state of polarization?
[0.5 point]
III.6. Consider a point at the north pole of the Poincare sphere.
III.6.a Write down the electric field (
NP
) corresponding to this point.
III.6.b What is its state of polarization?
[0.5 point]
III.7. Now, consider the three polarization states of beam 1 as given in part 4. Let
the initial polarization (at = 0) be represented by a point
1
on the Poincare
sphere; after the optical device, let the state (at = ) be represented by point
2
and after the first polarizer (say, at = ), the state be represented by point
3
. At
= , the polarization returns to its original state which is represented by
1
.
Locate these points (
1
,
2
, and
3
) on the Poincare sphere.
[1.5 points]
III.8. If these three points (
1
,
2
, and
3
from the part (III.7)) are joined by great
circles on the sphere, a triangle on the surface of the sphere is obtained (Note: A
great circle is a circle on the sphere whose center coincides with the center of the
sphere). The phase difference obtained in part 4 and the area of the curved
surface enclosed by the triangle are related to each other. Relate to .
This relationship is general and was obtained by Pancharatnam and the phase difference is called
the Pancharatnam phase. [1.5 points]
Figure 4
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