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The Doppler effect refers to change in the observed frequency of a wave if the observer and source are in relative motion.

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### trouble reconciling doppler shift for energy and momentum of light

[See late addition at bottom for what currently remains unresolved in this question.] I have seen the assertion in a couple of places that if you trap light in a reflective resonator, or any other ...
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### Find velocity of ambulance from the observed frequencies?

I have a problem where an ambulance with a siren is traveling past me (a stationary observer) at a constant velocity. When the ambulance is approaching, I measured the frequency at 1000 Hz and as it ...
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### Why the Doppler Ultrasound beam needs to be looking directly down at a pipe

So I was doing a question about "Doppler Ultrasound" It states that a Doppler ultrasound uses soundwaves at a frequency much higher than what humans can hear. They can me used to measure the speed of ...
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### Relativistic Doppler effect derivation

This is about a step in a derivation of the expression for the relativistic Doppler effect. Consider a source receding from an observer at a velocity $v$ along the line joining the two. Light is ...
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### Can sound waves be used as simple explanation of relativity effects in STR?

There are so many similarities (Doppler Effect, independence of wave velocity from source speed etc..). Try moving in your car with music and ask you friend outside record it while you moving towards ...
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### How is the speed in Hubble's law determined, if not from the Doppler shift?

Hubble's law originally mentions the speed (i.e. proper motion) of a receding galaxy, as calculated via the Doppler effect from the observed redshift. However, the observed redshift is today explained ...
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### A question on the redshift of photons due to cosmic expansion

Given that the universe is expanding over time, in the sense that the (spatial) metric is changing over time, corresponding to the physical distance between objects increasing, naïve intuition leads ...
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### Doppler shift and change in intensity of a sound wave

How are the intensity of a sound wave and the Doppler shift of frequency related togheter? That is, if the source or the observer are in relative motion, how does the intensity change? For a sound ...
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### Doppler effect of matter waves

We all know that the relativistic mass of a moving object in Special relativity increases for an observer who is measuring it for a moving object. We also know the the concept of particle-wave ...
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### Doppler Effect: What is formula for Rate of Change of Period observed by accelerating receiver?

(I have looked at other questions relating to Doppler Effect with acceleration but none seem to provide the formula in question.) Edit: I wish to avoid using the Einsteinian relativity model. So ...
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### Acoustic beats interference vs. path difference interference

I'm trying to understand the differences between two kinds of waves interference. The first one is a time-interference, only due to frequency difference of the two waves with the same amplitude, which ...
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The imagined scenario: Part A: From special relativity we know that velocity is a relative physical quantity, that is, it is dependent on the frame of reference of choice. This means that kinetic ...
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### Is the speed of light constant in all directions?

Consider the shape of the waveform emitted by a moving source: (with the horizontal axis "x" and the vertical axis "y"). According to the stationary observer, the wavefront of a short pulse ...
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### How to counteract Doppler's effect? [closed]

I am working on a robot in which I am detecting obstacles on sides using Ultrasonic transducers. Now the problem is, the target speed for the robot is 8.5 m/s and at this speed, the doppler's effect ...
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### Effect of motion of medium on frequency

Will the frequency observed by a stationary observer will remain same if only the medium between the source and observer is moving?(ie. both source and observer are at rest and wind is blowing from ...
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### Doppler shift and Galilean relativity

Doppler shift has different forms if the observer or the source are in motion. I consider Doppler shift in the case of sound. I tried to find an answer on the non symmetry of Doppler effect, ...
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### What are the factors that could make the theoretical frequency different from the measured frequency [closed]

Measure the frequency of received ultrasound wave for velocities of the train and for both directions of motion I'm trying to make a conclusion on my lab report but I would like to know what are the ...
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### Can redshift occur from relative velocity or just from expanding space

With sound the Doppler effect is caused by the wavelength of the sound being affected by the relative velocity between the observer and emitter, eg. If they are moving toward each other the observed ...
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### How to calculate doppler shift in mobile communication system?

I want to know how the following equation comes from. $$f_D=\frac{1}{2\pi} \frac{\Delta\phi}{\Delta t}=\frac{v}{\lambda}\cos\theta$$ The picture above is drawn by me in mspaint (sorry for bad ...
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### Is the rate of light emissions actually the frequency of the light?

I am confusing with the concept of frequency in the context of Doppler effect studying SR. The Schutz says, if the source emits pulses more frequently, then the observer would see the lights not only ...
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### Why Doppler shift is applicable to spectral lines alone?

In astronomical spectroscopy, Doppler shift is an important parameter. But why is it applicable to spectral lines alone, and not to the continuous spectrum in the background? Shouldn't the motion of ...
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### Why does the classical Doppler formula make a distinction between movement of the source and movement of the receiver?

I've tried rewriting the Doppler formula to include only the relative velocity between the source and the receiver of sound waves. However, when I compare the results with the results of the formula ...
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### The reason for the fading of galaxies?

Galaxies that are greater than a distance of c/H metres from Earth have recessional velocities exceeding the speed of light and begin to fade. Thus, theoretical astronomers 3 trillion years the future ...
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### According to the doppler effect , if my source is faster than sound , will I hear the sound backwards? [duplicate]

In a hypothetical situation,say I have a sound box with a very large volume and let's say it is placed pretty far away from me. If it travels towards me at a speed higher than that of sound in the ...
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### Is it better to call the doppler effect a change in wavelength or frequency?

Why is it preferable to say that the doppler effect causes a shift in frequency rather than a shift in wavelength? I often read on websites that they define the doppler effect as a change in frequency....
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### How is the Photoelectric Effect affected by Blue-Shifting

I was thinking about the Photoelectric Effect and Blue-Shifting when I came up with a thought experiment that I couldn't think of an answer for. The thought experiment is as follows: A metal plate is ...
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### Time domain representation of a waveform from an accelerating source (doppler effect)

Consider the scenario where a stationary observer observes a source moving in 3 dimensions, emitting a signal $s(t)$. I would assume only the distance between the source and the observer, $x(t)$, has ...
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### Doppler shift of light from stars and galaxies [duplicate]

I was reading about how we can ascertain whether a cosmic object is receding from or approaching us by studying the doppler shift of its spectrum- I mean the redshift and blue-shift. But we have no ...
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### Influence of acceleration in acoustic doppler's effect experiment

Recently I've done an acoustic doppler's effect experiment for physics lab assignment. The setup was two microphones in a straight line, movable object with sound source and a pc with the usual sound ...
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### Could I see the cosmic microwave background if it were Doppler shifted enough?

If I traveled fast enough, my current understanding is that visible light would be blueshifted to the blue/UV range, but also that microwaves and longer wavelength waves would be blueshifted into the ...
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### Can Doppler Shift be used to calculate speed of an observed object?

Thanks for looking. Just musing over an idea this afternoon: if I had a radio controlled plane, I could obviously calculate its airspeed based on pings and the known speed of sound if it was ...
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### How'd you explain Red shift and Blue shift with respect to Doppler Effect

I understand Doppler effect in Sound and Water because there we can observe relative speeds. But in case of light, the speed is same in all references so is the change in relative wavelength due to ...
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### Time-dependent time dilation for circular orbits around a Schwarzschild black hole?

Take two clocks, one in a circular orbit around a Schwarzschild black hole and another with a distant observer. The time dilation factor between the two clocks is said (at https://en.wikipedia.org/...
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### Doppler shift for a uniformly accelerating observer

This was given in textbook as an example. An observer on a spaceship with a four velocity $u$ is approaching from $x = +\infty$ a star at rest in the reference frame $S$ while undergoing constant ...
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### Why would a sweeping LIDAR or RADAR beam not produce an artificial Doppler shift?

Assuming a bi-static Radar or LIDAR with a stationary transmitter and a stationary target and a stationary receiver, with a sweeping RADAR/LIDAR beam reflecting off a stationary target: Why would the ...
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### Tired light red shift hypothesis

Have there been any recent attempts to falsify the tired light hypothesis alternative to the Doppler shift explanation for the red shift, or is it simply ignored like the pilot wave quantum mechanical ...
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### Would cosmological redshift be present in the following situation?

I'm trying to understand if cosmological redshift is just a secondary form of doppler redshift, or something else entirely. Suppose the two galaxies in the picture are receding from each other, but ...
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### How can the angle to a pulsar be determined by measuring its redshift?

Suppose we (a spacecraft, probe, or similar) know our location only to within a few billion km (a few Tm) in any direction in 3D space, and we want to determine our location to a higher degree of ...
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### Doppler: how to derive formule “source moving” from formule “observer moving”

A question like this has already been asked, with a satisfying explication (the relative motion of the source and the observer with respect to the medium (air) is different), but without a derivation ...
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### What are the limitations of velocity selective coherent population trapping?

I'm somewhat familiar with limitations of Doppler cooling, particularly with the one photon recoil limit, but what I was curious about was what is the next barrier to cooling approaching absolute zero?...
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### Ultrasonic Transducer Spacing

Given a SCH 40 steel pipe of diameter D and length L, what is the proper spacing for ultrasonic transducers in a Doppler Shift setup assuming the transducers are angled at 45 degrees? The reason for ...
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### Curious question about light and photons

If a photon wavelength (e.g., yellow) is isolated from the other wavelengths that the sun emits (once it gets to earth), can that particular particle/photon be distorted slightly into a wavelength ...
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### Is absorption imaging in ultracold gases (BEC) a method destructive of the system?

As of title, I wonder whether this imaging method heats the gas up to the loss of quantum coherence. Let's consider a specific example, a gas of 87Rb (Rubidium) and its D2 line. I might be wrong in ...
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### Is there a doppler effect on the images of stars around rotating black holes?

I'm an illustrator working on a project involving rotating black holes like those discussed in "Gravitational Lensing by Spinning Black Holes in Astrophysics, and in the Movie Interstellar" by James, ...
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### Coulomb excitation of a heavy nucleus

In Coulomb excitation measurements involving a stationary target getting excited, why do the de-excitation $\gamma$-rays get Doppler shifted and Doppler broadened as well? How can these be corrected ...
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### Redshift of distant galaxies: why not a doppler effect?

How can I explain to my 17 year old pupils that the observed redshift of distant galaxies cannot be interpreted as a doppler effect and inescapably leads to the conclusion that space itself is ...
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### How to explain Doppler redshift of light?

For other waves like water or sound, it is easy to understand Doppler effect, because for those waves, the speed of wave in different inertia reference frames changes. But for light wave, the speed ...
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### Does a spaceship travelling at near lightspeed see the universe aging slow or fast?

Now I know this probably is well trodden territory, but this question has bugged me for some time, and I couldn't find a similar question in the archives (although plenty about relativistic time ...