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Light speed measured by observing Jupiter moons [duplicate]

The famous discovery that the light has speed measures the times of the immersion and emergence of Io, one of Jupiter's moons. However, I still can't comprehend this. Even when the Earth is further ...
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How are energy states of photons reason for frequency independence in Compton scattering

I am reading on Compton scattering, more specifically on how Compton interpreted his results. He observed that the frequency of the scattered radiation was independent of the material used, so he ...
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How to calculate error of this powers? [on hold]

How to find the error of this? 3*{10^ ([m sun - m c]/2.5)} If m sun or the apparent magnitude of the sun=-26.7and doesn't identify its error. And m c =23.79+- 0.26 My work is: For m sun-m c= -50.49 ...
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Experiment of plume of smoke

If a burning candle is covered by a transparent glass, the flame extinguishes and a steady upward stream of smoke is produced. Which factors will infulence the figure and properties of the plume of ...
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A strange (poisson?) standard deviation for multiple measurements in experiments

When doing error propagation, in the variance formula, I use standard deviation for si, as I was taught in experimental physics courses. However, a friend of mine was taught a different method, he ...
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What kinds of behavioural anomalies can a zero-field-cooled (ZFC) / field-cooled (FC) split indicate?

If a material shows a spiltting in the ZFC and FC curves, is it necessarily superparamagnetic, or could there be any other reason for the irreversibility? I have heard spin glasses also show ZFC-FC ...
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Why friction is not taken to be varying jointly as roughness of the object along with normal force?

Frictional resistance to the relative motion of two solid objects is usually proportional to the force which presses the surfaces together as well as the roughness of the surfaces. But when we talk ...
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If two bodies move opposite to each other when brought in contact, what is the direction of force of friction?

We know that when a body is at rest and other is dragged over it then a force is produced which opposes the motion and consequently its direction is negative to the force applied on body to produce ...
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Such high mobility value for degrading structural properties

I have prepared Cu enriched ZnSe thin films with different concentrations of copper. The XRD and RAMAN results showed improvement in structural properties as the Cu content is increased up to 10%. ...
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Did Don Borghi's experiment show that neutrons can be synthesized purely from protons and electrons?

C. Borghi, C. Giori, and A. Dall'Olio published an article entitled "Experimental evidence of emission of neutrons from cold hydrogen plasma" appearing in Yad. Fiz. 56, 147-156 (July 1993) and Phys. ...
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Which g factor in an EPR spectra is the right one?

I was reading this introduction to EPR and it seems to imply both that there is a unique g-factor of a given compound, but also that we can calculate multiple g-factors for a compound. For example, ...
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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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How to find dielectric constants of ferroelectric materials experimentally?

What is the procedure to find out dielectric constant of barium titanate at different temperatures ?
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If any, what would be the ideal modulation frequency for a phase-sensitive light sensing experiment in a non-dark environment?

I have constructed some equipment for sensing a beam of light. The equipment is enclosed in a rudimentary darkbox to block out the majority of the ambient room lighting, but is still partially ...
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If a theory gets two predictions right, how likely it is that the rest of the predictions are true too? [closed]

The question lucidly defines what I am trying to inquire, so there is no need to elucidate it any further. Another question would be, General/Special Relativity has gotten some predictions right as ...
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How to demagnetize a magnet temporarily?

How to demagnetize a magnet temporarily? Is it possible making a permanent magnet demagnetize for a short span of time? Or at least long time but temporarily!
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Chemical composition and structure of Earth's inner layers?

How exactly do scientists determine the chemical composition and structure of Earth's inner layers, for example that the outercore is composed of liquid iron and nickel, and that the mantle is is ...
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Is there experimental evidence of time order inversion for spacelike events?

The title sums up the question. Given two events separated by a spacelike interval, say one takes place after the other in an inertial frame, then by a suitable boost we may invert the time order of ...
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X-ray pulse more powerful than national grid?

There is an article today in the BBC science section on the Linac Coherent Light Source, an X-ray laser in Palo Alto: http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-31483781. I don't trust the news with ...
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Why does ice become sticky the colder it gets? [duplicate]

I noticed that ice becomes stickier the colder it gets. I am reminded of the fool who stuck his tongue to a cold galvanized steel pole and got stuck to it. I am guessing that the pole was so cold that ...
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What is the limit of directly detecting a resonance?

Some resonances are extremely short-lived. With a lifetime of $10^{-23}$ seconds, they would travel just about the size of the proton ($10^{-15}$ m) even if they traveled at the speed of ...
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finetuned quantum experiments by Murch lab, do any have dynamics outside of basic QM formalism/ axioms?

a series of very finetuned quantum experiments have been reported by the Murch lab eg in 2 articles in Nature & analysis there,[1][2][3] some leading to dramatic accounts in the media.[4] do ...
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Evidence for electrodynamics in curved spacetime

Field theories in curved spacetime is usually formulated by integrating their Lagrangian over the curved spacetime. For example, for electrodynamics, we have the action $$ S = \int d^4x \left( ...
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Vortex-domain wall co-excitation

Both vortices (or disclinations) and domain walls are possible topological defects in a spin system with frustration, but I did't find reference about the interaction of these two. Do any stackers ...
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Options to correct rectangular laser beam profile?

We recently switched to a 405 nm laser diode which has a terrible beam profile -- it is a well-defined rectangle with an aspect ratio of about 10:1. The image below shows the collimated beam which ...
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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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Forgotten word meaning susceptability to direction

A little over a year ago, I encountered a descriptive word with respect to experimental physics, describing the phenomenon in which calibrating an instrument from one direction will yield a different ...
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Are centrifugal fans subject to triboelectric effects, and if so can the increase in charge be predicted and measured?

A centrifugal blower is a device that moves gas, usually under power of an electric motor. The blower housing and impeller may be metallic, but often are made of plastic materials. My question is ...
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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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Why does randomness exhibit a pattern in the long run? [migrated]

!!! Layman here so please avoid complex math and answers. Random (usually pseudorandom) events are usually characterized along these lines: Each outcome in a trial experiment must be i.i.d.; i.e. ...
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Why do you not get burned when you move your finger (quickly) over a candle flame?

When we move a finger quickly over/through a candle flame, why doesn't it get burned? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fire
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How to experimentally reconstruct Maxwell's equations from scratch

What are the minimal experiments would one need to perform in order to reconstruct Maxwell's equations from scratch, assuming even the concepts of $\vec E$ and $\vec B$ are unknown? While I'm not ...
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Switching a PMT from PC-mode to DC-mode: What happens?

I was wondering a bit how it is possible to switch a photo multiplier tube from the photon counting mode to the DC (I assume direct current)-mode. If I simply add a high voltage (as usual), I get the ...
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Work function definition

As in this post How would I calculate the work function of a metal, the definition is given by "the minimum thermodynamic work (i.e. energy) needed to remove an electron from a solid to a point in the ...
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Calculation of water bulk modulus using equation of state

I simply want to calculate the bulk modulus of water at 50C and increasing pressures. I think I am correctly calculating the new specific volume from the original conditions at (25C and 1atm) to 50C ...
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What could cause the gradual loss (or change) of power in a CO2 laser over a long period (e.g. a year)?

For example, if it were a 10W CW CO2 laser that were used for ~45 minutes per day over a period of a year. Would you expect a slight reduction in power with age? Does the dissociation of CO2 occur ...
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How did Kepler formulate his second law from data?

It's amazing that Kepler derived his three laws emperically and then Newton rederived them from his own laws of motion. Its conceivable how Kepler derived the first and third laws, but the second law? ...
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What are the methods of experimentally measuring the observables in quantum mechanics?

Perhaps due to the limited number of textbooks on quantum mechanics I have consulted, I have seen presented the fundamental principles related to observables, but have never seen a somewhat systematic ...
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Theoretical uncertainty of a circuit's total resistance when made entirely of resistors

My question in short(ish) is: Will the fractional uncertainty of a circuit made entirely of resistors with equal fractional uncertainties be the same as the fractional uncertainty of those resistors. ...
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Errorbars for data series with variable number of points and several layers of uncertainty

I'm making a 2D plot of my microwave S Parameter data and want to represent the error bars correctly. Experimental Context: I measure S21, (Vout/Vin), as a function of frequency and drive power with ...
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Why does the surface structure of a metal make it hydrophobic?

I was just reading this article from phys.org describing water-repellant surfaces. However the article doesn't go into enough details of explaining why a particular structure repels the water. Can ...
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How do you measure wavelength/frequency of light

I'm sure this is a trivial question for someone who knows something about electromagnetic radiation, but: how do experimenters measure the wavelength/frequency of light? For example, how do we know ...
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Evidence that stationary masses in space actually attract each other

I'm finding it rather difficult to find experimental evidence that two stationary masses in space (unaffected by external massive bodies or gravities) actually attract one another. For moving masses, ...
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What does 'channel' mean?

I see many plots like the following that graph counts per channel, I know what a 'count' is, but I don't know what a 'channel' is. Could somebody please explain to me? My guess is that it is that ...
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Born-like measuring rule in classical experiments

this 2011 paper "Born's rule from measurements of classical signals by threshold detectors which are properly calibrated" by Khrennikov investigates the theoretical possibility of Born-like ...
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Examples of (classical) measurements that are not independent?

What are some simple examples of measurements that are not statistically independent, i.e. with nonzero covariance? I'm looking for real examples that might reasonably come up in an undergraduate ...
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What material could be used to study magnetic phase transitions in a college laboratory exercise?

I am working to develop a simple laboratory exercise in solid state physics to be conducted by fourth year students of physics. The idea of the exercise is for the student to get some experience in ...
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What experiments of a high school standard are there to investigate the magnetoelastic effect?

I've ended up investigating the reverse magnetostrictive effect for coursework, which is 30% of my grade this year. I started by hitting a magnet with a hammer (on the recommendation of my teacher) , ...
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Insulation for magnetic fields [duplicate]

How can I insulate conductors independently one off the other, where they pass through a magnetic field? Are there a techniques or alloys? There is a issue how to insulate copper wire where current ...
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Should gravitational waves be discovered already?

Gravitational waves are not discovered directly (yet). But does this have any consequences? Should we suspect out theories are wrong or not yet? I found some data about gravitational waves suspected ...