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why in such a fundamental theory as QFT we learn only two computations?! (cross sections, decay rates)

when i learned Newtonian mechanics i found a wast variety of computations that i could do and that was so interesting. and it was so when i learned Maxwell theory. when i started learning QFT i hoped ...
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Why don't reflector telescopes place their reflectors at an angle?

To avoid placing a secondary mirror in front of the objective mirror, why not tilt the objective and design the eyepiece in such a way that comatic aberration is minimized?
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How can I determine whether balloons inside a balloon are filled with the same gas?

We recently awarded ourselves some helium balloons to celebrate something, and they came with about a dozen little balloons inside, filling it to just under half way. I was discussing with a ...
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Why should all electronic devices “age and die” eventually? [on hold]

We take it for granted that organic electronic devices always die out quickly, be it organic LEDs, solar cells, transistors, etc. Mechanisms are mostly about their sensitivity to oxygen, moisture, ...
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Measuring tides in a swimming pool

The tidal range of a perfectly fluid inertialess ocean on the Earth (taking into account lunar tides only) is approximately half a metre: this is the range between "high" and "low" points of an ...
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Young's modulus and geometry of test material

When measuring Young's modulus in a material, does the geometry of the material actually matter? I have seen several references recommend that I use cylindrical pieces. But, wouldn't the tests work ...
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Can the question of a gravitationally accelerated charge radiation be tested experimentally?

I know that the question of radiation from a gravitationally accelerated charge has been discussed extensively at Does a charged particle accelerating in a gravitational field radiate?. Yet the ...
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Which experiments of harmonic generation at low frequency are preceeding Franken SHG?

In "The principles of Nonlinear Optics" by Shen, he says that that generation of harmonics at low frequencies were long known before Franken did SHG in optical range. "Franken's idea was simple. ...
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Systematic+Random Uncertainty for velocity measurement

I have a question regarding systematic and random uncertainties. I have to measure the mean value of a velocity measurement in flow field at a point. I've recorded say 1000 samples in time, which I ...
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Why are LIGO's beam tubes so wide?

Gravitational wave detectors and particle accelerators have at least one thing in common -- they require long vacuum tubes through which a narrow beam is fired (a laser in the gravitational wave case, ...
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The question about an observer and an observed environment [on hold]

Imagine that Bob is observing everything that is not him (environment). The experiment: the environment changes somewhere far away from Bob. The conclusion: The change propagates in the ...
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Can vernier scale ratio be less than 1?

I came across a question (See Image) that states about two vernier scales The first vernier scale is the top-most figure in the image: It has 10 vernier scale division equal to 9 main scale division ...
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Heat loss by radiation reference

In our lab practice, we measured the rate of heat loss of a copper plate in atmospheric pressure and the rate of heat loss of the same plate in high vacuum ($\sim 10^5 torr$). So all I could find for ...
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Cavendish Experiment [on hold]

Would the earth’s gravity overpower the gravity of the much smaller and less dense lead spheres?
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Transverse momentum [duplicate]

I'm having an introduction on detector systems in particle physics. The sources I read constantly talk about the measurement of "transverse momentum". However, I cannot find a definition of what is ...
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Optical Retroreflectors: How Are the Faces So Accurately Righted?

This question is about Optical Retroreflectors (corner cubes) and how the extreme precision in their manufacturing is achieved. I suspect there is interesting basic physics involved, which is why the ...
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Why surface tension behaves so differently?

When a needle (or any other object) floats on water, its acting upwards balancing the gravity. But when an object (or may be a needle suspended in water) submerged in water, it acts downwards. ...
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Four point probe method under liquid nitrogen

I was trying to measure the resistivity of the YBCO superconductor (but not like a resistivity- T diagram, but only at liquid nitrogen boiling point), so I needed to put the sample in thermal contact ...
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The distribution of net charge in the Millikan oil drop experiment?

What is the distribution? Of course it depends on the concrete setup. But, what is the typical value? The concern is that, if the distribution is peaked at, say 1000, it would be very difficult ...
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Lamina Pendulum Experiment help

I've been tasked with researching ways to find the gravitational acceleration g and its uncertainty together with the moment of inertia and and the moment of inertia's uncertainty. I have figured out ...
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LIGO Gravitational Wave Discovery and Gravitons [duplicate]

Now that gravitational waves have been detected, how hard will it be to detect a graviton? Will the equipment have to be more sensitive or are the difficulties more complicated than that?
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Best way of calculating average acceleration in lab experiments

I am doing a lab experiment that works as follows. An object moves along the $x$ axis with an initial acceleration and then moves with a pretty constant velocity that may slightly vary within $20\%$ ...
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What is space charge Capacitance of diode?

Most of the books say that $p$-type and $n$-type materials of diode act as parallel plates of space charge capacitance were as the depletion charges (uncovered) act as dielectric. Then why do these ...
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Why characteristics graph of Geiger Muller Counter always goes up?

The characteristics graph of Geiger Muller Counter always keeps going up and does not drop down . It may remain constant over an interval but does not drop down on the graph scale. Why it does not ...
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Classification of experimentally-determined physics laws? [duplicate]

Has anyone classified (or attempted to classify) all the experimentally-determined laws of physics, such as with a simple diagram or even in a full-length book?
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Statistics: combining independent observables for the same quantity, how to check independence

Let's assume we have a set of observations $\{x_i\}$ and that I have a physical models aimed to describe the observations, and that this model has a parameter $y$. Let's assume that I have two ...
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special relativity mirror experiment

There's an experiment in special relativity that involves a light source and a mirror, both placed in a moving object. It is used to derive the time dilation equation. I'm having serious doubts about ...
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how to check if the experimental performance of the oscillation amplitudes follows the predicted trend? [closed]

once I got my set of amplitudes how can I compare experimental amplitudes with damped harmonic motion? I know that $F = -kx + mg -(C_1 + C_2 |v|)v $ supposing c2 = 0 and cos = 1 $x(t) = ...
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Interference or something beyond?

I have an experiment with He-Ne laser in my practical syllabus. In curiosity I took a photo of the incoming radiation directly from the laser with my mobile camera. Some strange pattern is observed. ...
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Estimate heating wires temperature

Im design a power supply to work with heating wires and one of the task is to estimate the temperature of the bare wire for a given current or power consumption. I've tried to measure the ...
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Why is it that the refrigerators (ice houses) from long ago can't be reconstructed in modern times? [closed]

A Long time ago (a couple of hundreds of years), people could make a refrigerator by applying a certain procedure with pieces of ice, harvested in winter, and other stuff. The ice hadn´t molten at the ...
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Measuring potential

I apologize if the question below has been asked -- I could not find an answer. A charged conductor some distance above ground generates an electric field and corresponding potential profile. How ...
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Why is the standard deviation the error on the singular measurement?

I'm a beginner with the study in data analysis in Physics. I'm trying to understand the meaning, in the field of experimental Physics, of the standard deviation $\sigma$ of a series of data. There ...
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Why is the gravitational constant so difficult to measure?

The gravitational constant seems to be very low precision. For example, in the Wikipedia article recent measurements are given as having the significands of 6.67 and 6.69, a difference of 2 parts in ...
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What experiments confirmed Poynting's Theorem?

Actually, I have two related questions. The fist is the above question. The second is, what experiments confirmed that $\varepsilon_0\left(\frac{E^2}{2} + c^2 \frac{B^2}{2}\right)$ is the ...
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Propagation error for a third grade equation

I am trying to find the value for the roots$\pm$error for a set of experimental data. The function that fit the best is $$\epsilon(t)=a+bt+ct^2+dt^3.$$ Which is the best way to calculate the roots ...
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Are asymptotic states in scattering experiments really momentum eigenstates?

In a typical collider experiment, two particles, generally in approximate momentum eigenstates at $t=-\infty$, are collided with each other and we measure the probability of finding particular ...
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I need results or to conduct a simple experiment for a dynamics problem involving the range of a projectile launched from a pendulum

I have created a model to show how the maximum range of a projectile varies with respect to the velocity and angle of when the object is launched from a swing. I now need to compare these results ...
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Why would oscillation of a gas column inhibit rather than promote mixing?

Many years ago I helped to support an experiment conducted in Japan which investigated the effects of high frequency oscillation ventilation (HFOV) on the mixing and distribution of gas into the ...
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Springs and Cantilevers - how linear and repeatable are they under deformation?

I know you guys only deal with the ideal, but in practice how linear and repeatable is the response of a spring or cantilever when deformed under a test mass?
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What is the minimum sample sizes to show the error bar in an experiment?

In scientific experiment, people often try to show an error bar based on the standard deviation around a mean (average) value. My question is twofold: How to estimate the minimum but adequate ...
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Does the human body have a measurable gravitational field?

I am researching communication other than speech or vision. The human body emits radiation in the form of heat; As the body has mass, will it have a gravitational field?
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Optimum “fur” dimensions for absorbing ultrasound at a given wavelength?

By "fur" I mean an array of bendable fibres aligned vertically on a substrate. The ultrasound hits it at an oblique angle. Is there a spacing that will provide optimum absorption? A basic thought ...
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Intensity fluctuations at the output of a single mode fiber coupled to a He Ne laser

I have coupled a Thorlabs HNL050L-EC - HeNe, 632.8 nm, 5 mW, Polarized Laser to a 2 meter long single mode fiber patch chord using a Thorlabs F230-FC-B aspheric lens. While I am certainly able to ...
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Lab experiment: hysteresis disappears, reappears and then disappears again. How?

In my college laboratory we were assigned an experiment to measure the hysteresis curves of a certain ferromagnetic material at different temperatures. Sounds simple, right? Well, the block of Monel ...
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Speed of the Coulomb Field Measured To Be “Infinite”

The paper "Measuring Propagation Speed of Coulomb Fields" by R. de Sangro et al points out that: ...the Lienard-Weichert retarded potential leads to the same formula as the one obtained assuming ...
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Mach-Zehnder probabilities

Where can I find the computations of probabilities for Mach-Zehnder experiments, say at the undergraduate level? For example I'm thinking of the type of experiments described at the beginning of David ...
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Any method to determine the gravitational constant $G$ from observations in cosmological scale?

By the observations in cosmological scale, I mean observations by astrophysicists like motions of quasars in far distance from us, relative motions of our galaxy to others, etc. I know the famous ...
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Reverse osmosis Water desalination

Is it feasible to submerge a reverse osmosis system in the sea in order to use the increasing pressure to push through the membrane and as the salt was removed would the lighter water rise on its own? ...
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what is the effect of temperature on the resistance of a photoconductor?

As we know, for a photo conductor resistance tends to decrease with increase in irradiance, but with greater irradiance comes greater temperature. Also we know, photo conductors are ...