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Saturday, May 25, 2019

Nature of orbits of satellites for different speeds


'V' be velocity with which a body is projected from Earth.
Vs be minimum velocity of object to orbit around earth
Ve be escape velocity from surface of earth

then if,

i)  V < Vs ---  body falls to ground
ii) V = Vs --- body rotates round earth in circular orbit closer to surface of Earth
iii) Vs < V < Ve --- body revolves in elliptical orbit
iv)  V = Ve ----------body just  escapes from gravitational field
v)  V > Ve  --------- body moves in interstellar space with velocity equal to √V² -Ve²
vi)  V<Ve  ---------- Total energy of body is negative
vii)  V =Ve ---------- Total energy of body is zero

Satellites - Important points to be noted

1.  Orbital velocity of satellite is independent of mass of the satellite but depends on mass of planet and radius of orbit.

2. A satellite orbiting around a planet will have both Potential energy and Kinetic energy. Here Potential energy is negative and Kinetic energy is positive.

3. Total energy of satellite is negative.

4. With the increase of height of orbit from surface of planet, for a satellite

              a) Potential energy increases (from more negative to less negative)
              b) Kinetic energy decreases
              c) Orbital velocity decreases
              d) Total energy increases
              e) Period of revolution increases

5. A satellite orbiting very close to surface of Earth is known as its surface satellite. Orbital velocity for such a satellite is V = √gR = 8 Km.S⁻¹.

6. Relative velocity of parking satellite with respective to Earth is zero.

7. Orbital linear velocity is about 3 Km.Sec⁻¹.

8. A satellite cannot be coast in a stable orbit in a plane not passing through the Earth's center.

9. If two satellite move around the Earth in its equitorial plane such that one moves from West to East and other from East to West and other from East to West, the time period of revolution of first satellite will be more compared to other.

10. If a rocket launched in equitorial plane from West to East, advantage is up to 0.47 Km.Sec⁻¹  in the launching speed.  

11. If the Kinetic energy of an orbiting satellite is E, its Potential Energy will be -2E and total energy will be -E.

12. If a body is in a satellite which does not produce its own gravity, its true weight in that satellite W' is given by

W'/W =mg'/mg  ; W' = W/(1+[h/R])²

W - Weight of body on Earth
 h  - Height of orbit of satellite
 R - Radius of Earth

so true weight is lesser than its weight on Earth.  

13.  Apparent weight of a body in a satellite is zero and is independent of radius of orbit .


Wednesday, May 22, 2019

FRICTION - Important Points to be remembered

1. Friction is tangential force between the contact surfaces of two bodies.

2. Friction is due to Electromagnetic Forces between the surfaces in contact.

3. Friction is due to molecular interaction at the surfaces in contact.Friction is due to adhesive forces between molecules of two surfaces in contact.

4. Friction depends on nature of surfaces in contact and on the impurities present on these surfaces.

5. Normal Force: When two bodies are in contact or when one body is placed over another body, the contact force which either body exerts on other normal to contact surface is called Normal Force or Normal Reaction.

6. Limiting Friction is least force necessary to set a body into motion.

7. Static friction is a self adjusting force.

8. Kinetic Friction is not a self adjusting friction.

9. Generally coefficient of static friction is less than 1 but in some cases it may exceed 1.

10. Frictional force is a "Non-Conservative" force.

11. If a body of mass 'm' is on the floor of a lift which is moving with uniform acceleration 'a', Normal force on body or its apparent weight is

N = mg ±ma = m(g±a)

a) If the lift moves up, then N = m(g+a)
b) If the lift moves down, then N = m(g-a)
c) If the lift falls freely, then N=0
d) If the lift moves with uniform velocity, then  a =0, and N=mg

12. When a person falls on a rough road, the frictional force exerted by road on him is along his direction of motion.

13. The angle made by resultant of Normal force and Limiting friction with Normal force is called angle of friction. The tangent of this angle gives coefficient of static friction.

14. A good lubricant must be highly viscous and low volatile in nature.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Crystal Growth Methods - Brief Explanation

Various types of crystal growth methods are

Growth from Water Solution
Growth from Flux
Hydro Thermal Growth
Electrode Deposition
Gel Growth

Growth from Water Solution

This technique is used for soluble crystals like sugar, salt crystals for example NaCl, KCl, KBr are used. Their growth rates are very small. They have 5 mole percent solubility.

Nucleation is one such process. Liquid containing crystal solution solution having low viscosity is taken into a beaker. Crystal which has to be grown is taken in very small size which is called as seed crystal. We have to hang this crystal in the liquid in beaker. The molecules join crystal to form the crystal big in size.

Growth from Flux

This method is used for crystals which are not dissoluble. This technique uses oxide crystals/metal crystals. Crystals like quartz having high melting point of 1400 oC which is attained at higher energy are grown using this technique. For this they are combined with other crystals called as flux whose benefit is to reduce the melting point of crystals to form.

Advantages of this technique

a) Growth is at temperature well below the melting point
b) High quality crystals can be obtained
c) Doping with suitable materials could be done
d) Solid solution can be grown easily

Hydro thermal growth

This method is used for crystals whose melting point is very high. For instance, Al2O3 cannot be soluble in water. Normally Al2O3 dissolves in water at critical temperature of 353 ⁰C.

So when pressure is exerted on crystal then melting point of material decreases (of about 50000 pounds per sq. inch). So special devices such as autoclaves are used for this purpose.

conditions of growth in hydro thermal process:

i) The Temperature
ii) The Pressure
iii) The temperature difference between top and bottom ends of autoclave

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Charactersitics of electron in one dimensional periodic potential


For free electron, the quantity ℏk represents true momentum of electron as follows:

E= (ℏk)²/2m = (1/2m)*(ℏ)²*(k)² = (1/2m)*(h/2𝝅)²*(2𝝅/ƛ)² = (1/2m)*(h/ƛ)² = P²/2m

Therefore, the dynamical behavior of free electron can be represented by true momentum.

But when we consider an electron in periodic potential, ℏk doesn't represent true momentum. ℏk does not represent true momentum. The energy doesn't vary with 'k' as in previous case.

The true instantaneous momentum of an electron in presence of lattice potential is not a constant of motion and cannot be calculated by quantum mechanical method we take average value.
So in order to describe the dynamical behavior of electron in periodic potential we introduce a new type of momentum called as Crystal Momentum.

When we deal with interactions of electrons with lattice, we use conservation of crystal momentum and not of true momentum.

The crystal momentum is perfectly well defined constant for a state of given energy.


The quantum mechanical part describes that the velocity of electron in a one dimensional lattice will be equal to Group Velocity of waves representing the electron.

v = (dw/dk) ...................................................................................................(1)

where 'w' is angular frequency of debroglie waves.

Eqn(1) depends on actual E-K curve.

(dE/dk) = ℏ (dw/dk) ; v=(1/ℏ)(dE/dk) ..........................................................(2)

for free electrons, substituting E= ℏk, v=p/m

giving linear variation of 'v' with 'k'.

In band theory of solids, however, 'E' is not proportional to k².

The variation of 'E' with 'k' is as sown in fig:

using this type of variation of 'E' with 'k' as shown in fig below.

We observe that at bottom (k=0) of energy band, the velocity is zero and as the value of 'k' increases ('E' increases) the velocity increases reaching its maximum at k=kₒ, where kₒ corresponds to "point of inflection" on E-K curve. Beyond this point the velocity begins to decrease and finally assumes zero value at k=𝝅/a, which is top of band. These are entirely new features which do not appear at all in behavior of free electrons.


It is known for long time that an electron has well defined mass and when accelerated by an electric field, it obeys Newtonian Mechanics. What happens when electron is to be accelerated inside a crystal? How will it react to electric field.

The mass of an electron inside the crystal appears, in general, different from free electron mass and is usually referred to as "effective mass".

The velocity of an electron in one dimensional lattice is given by

v = (2𝝅/ℏ)(dE/dk)..................................................................................................(3)

a= dv/dt = (2𝝅/h)(d²E/dk²)*(dk/dt) .......................................................................(4)

so we have to find value of dk/dt.

Let an electron is subjected to influence of an electric field of  strength 'E' for a time dt. If velocity of electron is v, the distance travelled in time dt=vdt

Therefore Work done, dE=(e𝜀)*v*dt

we know

v = (2𝝅/h)(dE/dk) ; therefore  dE= (e𝜀)*(2𝝅/h)*(dE/dk)*dt

(dk/dt) =  2𝝅e𝜀/h .....................................................................................................(5)

substituting (5) in (4), we get

a =  (2𝝅/h)² *(e𝜀)*(d²E/dk²)  ...................................................................................(6)

For free particle, a= m(dv/dt) = eE;

a=e*E/m  ..................................................................................................................(7)

comparing (6) & (7) , both forms are identical, we introduce a new mass known as effective mass given by

m* = (h/4𝝅) * (d²E/dk²)⁻¹  ......................................................................................(8)

For free electron,

m* = m

  • Effective mass can also be determined using "Cyclotron Resonance Experiment".
From experimental values of effective mass, we can conclude that
  •  Effective mass need not always be greater than 'm'. It can be smaller than 'm'.
  • It can be negative.
Variation of m* with k:  

Physically speaking near the bottom of band the effective mass m* has a constant value which is positive because the quadratic eqn [E ∝k²] is  satisfied near the bottom of band.

But as 'k' increases m* is no longer a constant, being now a function of k, because quadratic relation is no longer valid.

The degree of freedom of an electron is defined by a factor

fk = (m/m*) = (m/ℏ2)*(d²E/dk²)

fk is measure of extent to which an electron in state 'k' is free.

Principles of Special Theory of Light

1. Does the speed of light depend on motion of source of light?

No, the motion of light is not affected by motion of source of light.

2. Is photon a particle?

The photon is a particle of light, but it doesn’t possess all essential properties we ascribe to a tiny ball i.e. photon doesn’t behave as a common sense particle but it has got some peculiar properties.

3. When we follow Albert Einstein in developing special theory of relatively, we are developing a theory of space and time.

4.  The principles of special theory of light.

Principle 1:

Colloquial statement: If we are in unaccelerated vehicle, its motion has no effect on the way things happen inside it.

Formal statement: The laws of physics are the same in all unaccelerated reference frames.
Principle 2: The motion of light is not affected by motion of source of light.

5. The special theory of relativity
          Special: The word special in name arises because we employ only unaccelerated reference frames, not all reference frames that one can think of. In other words, we special to the way things appear when observed from uniformly moving reference frames.
          Relativity:-The word relativity comes from a phrase coined by Henri Poincare, an eminent French physicist and mathematician.
In 1904, Poincare was invited to address the international congress of arts and science, held in st Louis to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Louisiana Purchase. Poincare spoke of a principle of relativity.
If you are in plane on its way from Chicago to phoenix, another plane making the return flight, over wheat fields of Kansas. A farmer, looking up, notes that you are flying south west at 500 miles/hr relative to his wheat fields.
The pilot of return flight notes that the distance between the two planes is decreasing at about 1000 miles/hr. So far as the pilot is concerned, you are travelling at about 1000 miles/hr relative to his plane.
The essence is this:  statements about uniform motion relative to a specified reference frame wheat fields or another air plane are meaningful.
A quantitative statement about uniform motion without specification of a reference frame is not meaningful. Why? Because our principle 1 says we cannot discern uniform motion without recourse to some reference frame.
Take first the colloquial form of that principle if we are in an unaccelerated vehicle, its motion has no effect on the way things happen inside it. So by just doing experiments inside the vehicles, we have no way to assign a velocity to the vehicle. Only if we look out of window and thereby use wheat fields of Kansas as an outside reference frame. We can decide on velocity (velocity to that outside reference frame).
          Theory: It appears because principles 1 & 2 are generations from observation and experiment.

  •  Observes in all un accelerated reference frames measure the same speed for light ( in vacuum) from any given source.
  • They all measure 3*10 8m/sec   always for light in vacuum.
  • This remarkable property is called “constancy of speed of light”.
Note:-Some factors other than light may be observed differently in unaccelerated frames.

7.  An “event” is anything that happens at some definite locations at some definite time. Proto typical examples are your birth, assassination of Abraham Lincoln etc. In contrast, a forest fire that sweeps across 10000 acres in 5 days does not constitute an “event” because the fire is spread out in space and time.
The adjective “definite” means   “distinct” or  “limited” for any one observing the happening.

  •  Spatially separated events that are simultaneous in one frame are, in general, not simultaneous when viewed from other reference frame.
  •  Simultaneity is a relative concept, but not an absolute one.
  • The concept of simultaneity between two events in different space points has an exact meaning only in relation to a given inertial system i.e.   “Each frame of reference has its own particular time”.
  • To measure the length of an object means to locate its end points simultaneously. As simultaneity    depends on frame of reference, the length measurements will also depend on frame of reference.
  • Thus, “The length i.e.  Space is a relative concept, not an absolute one”.
  • Thus there is no such thing as an absolute, global “now”.