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Coherent intermediate scattering function from simulations

I want to calculate the coherent intermediate scattering function, $S_{\text{coh}} (\mathbf{Q},t)$, from a molecular dynamics trajectory, based on its definition. The definition of the function is: ...
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Starter projects/visualizations/analyses? [on hold]

I just renovated a desktop that had been in storage for a while and I am looking for good ideas for data analysis or numerical analysis projects in physics. I have taken up to E&M, and special ...
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Textbook about the handiwork of a HEP analysis?

I'm wondering if there is a textbook that describes the handiwork of a particle physics analysis. There are a bunch of books about theory, about the experimental aspects like detectors, and about ...
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Data analysis for a magnetic hysteresis loop

I'm a physics undergrad and I have MOKE data for a magnetic material (thin permalloy film on a silicon substrate). Here is one of the hysteresis loops I obtained, plotted using python: The form of ...
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What does it mean for a map to be “coadded”?

So there is this wiktionary definition of coaddition, but it's rather brief. Could anyone expand on this, perhaps giving a short example and explaining why its useful? The context that I initially ...
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Karhunen-Loeve transform of a repeating process

This question is inspired by measurements of an unsteady flow. I have some doubts about interpretation of principal component transform using Karhunen-Loeve theorem. I have (centered $\equiv$ zero ...
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Calculating jerk vs Fitts law for smoothness

I've tracked the movement of an input method resulting in this dataset. All data is tracked with equal intervals of 100ms. For example an iteration value of 4 means that this is the position of the ...
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Decide Refractive index of a unknown piece of glass [closed]

Problem: The task is to find $n_2$ by Fresnel's equation from given data. My attempt at solution: I begin from this equation: $$R= \left|\frac{(n_2\cos\theta_i - n_1\cos\theta_t)}{(n_2\cos\theta_i ...
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What exactly is an arbitrary parameter?

I was reading the article Turning Points: A meeting with Enrico Fermi by Freeman Dyson (available e.g. here), and I had a question about Dyson's use of the term 'arbitrary parameter'. More ...
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Gamma spectroscopy - Extractable information from peak significance changes?

Apologies for the title - I couldn't think of a better way to summarize my question I have a table which contains information on 60 gamma spectra taken over a total period of 20 days, from the hall ...
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Advanced data analysis in Physics experiments

I know that regression, chi-distribution, covariance, error propagation, etc. are frequent tools for experimental physicists. So, I'd like to know if advanced statistics topics are used in data ...
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Machine readable database of gamma lines

Friends of mine did a lab experiment where they recorded $\gamma$-spectra in the range from 0 to 1500 keV with a soil sample. The data contains some background and a couple sharp peaks at different ...
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Gamma spectroscopy - Fitted Singlet

I'm using some gamma acquisition and analysis software. When I ask the software to do some sort of Nuclide Identification, almost every single peak in the generated output is marked with "F". ...
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Converting impact speed to pressure magnitude

In explosive safety and stability testing, a drop test is commonly used to determine the sensitivity to impact. In the test, an impactor of known mass is dropped. The initial height varies throughout ...
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Error in total counts

I'm performing a radioactivity experiment where I measure a specific number of counts in some time period t. Later on I take the total count rate. (Number of counts/time: $N/t$) I'm supposed to find ...
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What does it mean to “bin” in a spectroscopy context

In the following online article http://www.star.le.ac.uk/~sav2/stats/a.html I see the word "bin" used, in relation to x-ray spectroscopy, both as a verb and as a noun (people both "bin" things and ...
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Filament lamp $(V,i)$ behavior between 0 and 1V

I was wondering why the behavior is more "chaotic" at 0~1V when compared to 2V+ (which is when it starts to glow).
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Arrhenius Fit: Linear or exponential form?

I have a seemingly easy question about performing an Arrhenius fit to the equation $$y = A \times \exp \left( -\frac{E_A}{RT} \right)$$ I can either fit this in the exponential form using a ...
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Need Some Help Creating A Couple Of Equations [duplicate]

I've posted about this project before as math is not at all my strong subject anymore. I have a couple sets of data and I need to make some equations for them. I've used Excel to get trend lines, but ...
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Does a muon detector on Earth's surface correctly measure the mean lifetime of a muon?

Just a simple question. Does a muon detector on Earth's surface correctly measure the mean lifetime of a muon? I would think the answer is no because most muons detected are created about 15 km above ...
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Gamma spectroscopy - Do annihilation photons produce a backscatter peak?

Below is a diagram of part of a structure which I find in a gamma spectrum taken from a hall in which a neutron source is undergoing spallation. The structure which I'm interested in can be seen ...
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Free-Fall Lab Help - Getting weird results

So, I am doing a free-fall lab for my physics class. We got the values and I have the results here(we used a infrared photo-gate). Basically, we have a brass cylinder and a wood cylinder. Each are ...
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Help Writing An Equation [closed]

Truthfully, math past basic algebra was never my strong suit even though I went through stats in college. So I have to write an equation for this for a program and could use some help. I am reading ...
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Searching for a textbook on Imaging

I'm hoping someone can recommend a book that will cover the physics involved in optical range image capture. I have a degree in physics, so I am looking for something on the technical end. To expand, ...
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How does my reference point affect the regresion of data about Hooke's law?

A vertical spring is used (subject to a universal support) whose length is $20$ $cm$ when no force is acting on it. We put on a weight of $1$ $N$ and the new length is $22$ $cm$. When writing the data ...
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Measurements and errors

I've measured several values of $V$ and $I$ in a simple circuit to determine de value of a resistance $R$: $$R=\frac{V}{I}$$ I have a list of points $(V,I)$ with their corresponging error (from the ...
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Estimate Uncertainties in Rietveld Refinement

I have the output of an x-ray diffraction experiment made on a thin film. Here I report the output of the experiment (I analyzed those data using powdercell and coloured regions have been excluded ...
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Log of a quantity and graphs in log-scale

Is there any difference between taking the logarithm of a quantity, and plotting a quantity in logarithmic scale?
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X-ray diffraction on thin film

As far as I am concerned, when we perform an X-ray diffraction experiment using a Bragg-Brentano diffractometer using the "powder method" we have that the scattering pattern depends on only one angle ...
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Statistical analysis of data in Physics

Analysis of data is integral in bridging the gap between theory and experiment. How much do the results of the analysis depend upon the choice between Bayesian and frequentist methods? For instance, ...
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Determining the spatial imaging resolution based on a pinhole diffraction pattern

I aimed a 780 nm/1mW laser at a 1μm pinhole and took a picture of it using a lens and a CCD camera. The magnification of my imaging system is ~25 times. I wrote some code that takes the image of the ...
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How to guess the correct fitting function to some data?

Imagine we are plotting some date points $\left(x_i,f(x_i)\right)$ that we obtained experimentally, and that we want to know what $f(x)$ is. The way to do this is to use some software and try to fit ...
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White Noise Generator Through Low Pass Filter - Autocorrelation of normalized data dropping below 0 (showing negative correlation)

I am doing the following experiment: http://physlab.lums.edu.pk/images/a/ab/Correlation.pdf It is basically a white noise generator running through a low pass filter. Sample voltages are taken and ...
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How to find time when temperature crossed certain threshold?

I have a data from experimental system concerning temperature of molten lead. In this system, temperature is increased in one place and then is measured when this increase of temperature travels to a ...
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Estimation of source irradiance given the spectral sensitivity of the instrument and spectrum of the source

I am trying to measure the irradiance of a UV source, but the available instrument has a different sensitivity. Suppose the black line corresponds to the spectral sensitivity of the instrument ...
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Multivariate Analysis: how to start

I'd like to start to know something about Multivariate Analysis before studying this guide..something like a "Primer"... Could you suggest me a link, a file? Thanks!
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Terminal velocity of a steel ball in water [closed]

I am investigating on the terminal velocity of steel balls moving in water. I used the balls with different diameters, such as 3.17mm, 6.02mm, etc. And I used a full-filled 1L graduated cylinder. I ...
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Significance of a specific event in background data, only described by time stamps

I got a problem in analyzing data. The data only consists of time stamps in Unix Time, when a event was measured with a detector. There are multiple detectors around, a part of them is measuring the ...
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Rutherford Experiment - practical and theoretical questions

I performed the Rutherford experiment the other day, using Au thin foil of $2\,\mathrm{\mu{}m}$, a source/gun of α particles (241Am) and a detector/counter. α particles were shot from the source ...
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Simple question relating to physics prac reports

I am writing a physics practical report relating to the elasticity of materials relating to their momentum in a collision. I have values for the elasticities that are all within 2% of each other but I ...
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Statistical significance in Z boson excess paper

In a recent ATLAS paper, a excess of $3\sigma$ was reported from the Standard Model prediction in a search looking for a same-sign dilepton signal with an invariant mass around the Z peak. For brevity ...
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Can this type of graph be analysed to produce any meaningful data?

The above is a graph of pendulum length on the x-axis measured in metres, and pendulum period on the y axis measured in seconds. The pendulum period is not squared. If I square the pendulum period, ...
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How to turn this into a straight line

Right now, I am trying to turn my graph (which looks like a exponential graph) into a straight line graph, which starts at the origin (0,0). How would I do this? My values are given in the attachment, ...
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How to derive time derivate of strain?

Data Time(s) Strain ----------------- 100 0.31 200 0.52 300 0.74 400 0.92 500 1.10 600 1.28 700 1.46 800 1.64 900 1.82 1000 2.00 I want to deduce ...
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Data Collection of oscillatory motion

I'd like to study nonlinear oscillatory motion this semester. I plan to build several different mechanical systems (pendula, masses on springs, etc with and without driving forces, large/ small drag, ...
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How to make sure that two electrons collide head to head?

In high energy experiments, people smash particles into particles. But how to make sure that they really run into each other, instead of just passing by?
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Measuring typical distance between patches using 2D Fourier Transform

I need to extract information about the typical distance between the black patches in an image like the one I attached here. I tried to perform 2D FFT on it (using OpenCF fdt function in Python), but ...
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How do you measure neutron energy?

I think you can detect a neutron event with a scintillator (neutron to photon), photomultiplier tube (photon to electric signal) system, but how would a fusion neutron's energy (2.45 MeV) be typically ...
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Help Interpreting Ultraviolet Photoelectron Spectroscopy (UPS) data

I was given a batch of UPS data without any background other than the materials examined and I don't have any experiencing interpreting it. I wanted to reach out to some experts (hopefully, someone ...
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How experimentalists put bounds on new physics at the LHC?

I would like to understand how experimentalists search for new physics at the LHC. Lets imagine I want to use the LHC data to put a bound on the coupling of some new physics effective operator, say, ...