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Neutrino Nuclei Coherent scattering and the Dark Matter lower wall

Suppose that current and new forthcoming dark matter direct detection experiments find no evidence of Dark matter events and exclude interactions of hypothetical DM particles (like LSP or similar) in ...
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Change in Angular momentum of a spinning superball

I throw a superball towards the ground and when I do I intentional induce a spin on the ball so that the ball is spinning towards me on the descent. As soon as the ball hits the ground and comes back ...
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Plasma Treatment of LaAlO3: Surface Roughening

I'm trying to understand something I've observed in exposing LaAlO3 substrates to an oxygen plasma (yielding atomic oxygen). In literature, these substrates are frequently "cleaned" in a oxygen rich ...
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Different phase in capacitively coupled RLC circuits

I was trying to work with some data for a lab report I'm writing about capacitively coupled RLC circuits. The setup is pretty simple and looks like that: Where $C^{'}$ is the coupling capacitance. ...
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Waveguides Transmission Mode Determination

How do I know if I have TE, TM, or TEM rectangular conductive waveguide? For instance, I am doing a lab where we want maximum magnetic field in the waveguide, does that mean we want the TE because ...
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Is cooling really exponential?

I did the following experiment: I took boiling water, put a thermomenter (from Vernier hooked up to a TInspire calculator) into it and pulled it out. Then we started measuring the temperature it read ...
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Why doesn't the water spill out?

In this experiment, a number of coins are put into a cup full of water, without spilling it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N2mKpZHnEzw Firstly, let me clarify one thing. If you fill up a cup ...
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Dead time in data acquisition

I am creating a data acquisition software, based on Sparrow's Kmax. There I would like to add a feature that will show the system's dead time. I have already a text field that shows the real time and ...
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Can unexposed PMMA be reused (successfully exposed) after development?

Can unexposed PMMA be reused (successfully exposed) after development? To clarify, PMMA is exposed using an electron beam in an SEM, and then the exposed areas are removed using a developer solution, ...
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objects distorted by the earths curvature

We are doing a project where we hope to make people think about the fact that the earth is round. We want to imagine if we in London could see others places in the world and how the earths curvature ...
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How to compensate ray displacement caused by refraction in glass slab

I need a nudge in the right direction, i guess (this is not a homework question). I want to calculate the total length of a ray from an emitter to a target which passes through a slab with known ...
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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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Can a value of “length, in meters” be attributed to a pair of ends which are rigid (but not at rest) to each other? [duplicate]

The definition of the SI base unit "metre" [1] doesn't seem to rule out explicitly that a certain value of "length, in meters" could be attributed to a pair of ends which are rigid to each other, but ...
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How would one experimentally prove AdS/CFT correspondence?

What would be an experimental test of AdS/CFT correspondence? Or it's extensions? I've heard that people are studying AdS/CMT (condensed matter) correspondence, but I don't know the details of it? ...
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If two ends were a certain “length” apart were they therefore at rest (or at least rigid) to each other? [closed]

Considering the definition of the SI unit of "length" [1] and [2 (" method a.")] I'm missing any requirements about the two "ends" of the required "path travelled by light" being "at rest to each ...
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Alternative ways to take particle tracks photographs in a cloud chamber

I know that the most common type of particle tracks photography is in photographic plates, but i'm using a cloud chamber and I would like to know if there are alternative ways to take photographs of ...
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Electrostatics-Coulomb's Law

Coulomb's Law is an experimental result $$F=k_e\frac{q_1 q_2}{d}.$$ How did or What did Coulomb do to verify this law as it is applicable for point charges at rest and in reality charges won't be at ...
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Reflector Klystron and Isolator for ESR/EPR Experiment

I am doing a lab on ESR/EPR, and I would like to know how the reflector klystron operates. It is very old and the company who made our model does not exist anymore and there are no operation manuals. ...
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Microwaves and metal poles

I have an experimental setup like so: And if one looks closer at the lens, there are metal poles near the bottom of the lens (the extensions of the stands beyond the clamps) that are obstructing the ...
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Backward Time Flow?

Physicists say that time is moving foward because entropy always increases. But have physicists considered that we might be mistaken? Since there is no ultimate reference frame, it could be possible ...
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Why did it take a long time to discover top quark?

In high school physics, I learned that it took a long time before the top quark was discovered. One of the reasons that was given in my book was that the top quark has a large mass, much larger than ...
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What Causes the Noise Floor of Modern CCDs?

CCDs are getting pretty good these days, but all systems are subject to noise. A typical value for a CCD seems to be 20 electrons RMS per pixel. This article from qsimaging.com says CCD Read ...
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Experimental proof for Conservation of Total Energy

In physics, the law conservation of energy states that the total energy of an isolated system cannot change—it is said to be conserved over time. (Source : wikipedia(conservation of energy) And ...
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Simple Experimental Laser Characterization Parameters Ideas?

I have 2 months to do a project on characterization of a laser parameter. We have typical optics lab equipment (DFB Lasers, oscilloscopes, random number generator, etc.). I was told to choose a laser ...
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Observed composition of UHE cosmic rays

How much is known about the composition of ultra high energy cosmic rays (say $E>10^{20}\text{ eV}$)? I get the impression that the particles are often assumed to be protons or other heavier ...
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How to determine the order of indications of a clock?

Given the description of a clock $\mathcal A$, as (1) a set $A$ of all (more than 2) distinct indications of this clock, in no particular order (where the individual indications contained in set ...
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Issue with running a Van De Graaff generator

I am following this online video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fsT69XnjxgU but my Van De Graaff generator is not working. I am using pvc pipes for the body, nylon and electrical tape as two rollers, ...
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Oil drop experiment and quantization of charge

How to systematically show that the resulting charges in oil drop experiment are integers multiplied by $e$ in other word how to extract $e$ from the data?
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does the rate of change of height varies for different fluids?

I decided to experiment for the rate of flow of liquids (like water, oil, acid, etc) from a burette. I decided to use Torricelli's law $v=\sqrt{2gh}$. When experimenting, the time taken for a viscous ...
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Did Penzias and Wilson need such a large horn antenna to discover the CMB?

Penzias and Wilson discovered the 2.7K Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB) Radiation using a 6 meter horn antenna, along with a cryogenic low-noise detector measuring at 4 GHz: ...
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Experimental methods for finding London penetration depth

I have been doing some readings on superconductivity and have come across the London penetration depth. I somewhat understand how it comes into play with the London equation and Ampère's law. Right ...
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Can we have light through out the house with out light being switched on for all the time?

Optical fibres are used to transmit light from one place to the other along curved path in a more effective manner. The optical fibres consist of thousands of strands of a very fine quality glass or ...
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Weighted average whenever a variance is 0? [closed]

So I have data for the number of times a certain event happens. Each column is a different event and each row is one trial. A sample of data would look like \begin{bmatrix} 1& 4& 7& ...
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Can we create invisible things?

We are able to see this beautiful world because of light. When light gets reflected from the object, the reflected light enters our eye retina and thus we are able see that particular object from ...
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Measuring background radiation

We tried to measure background radiation using a geiger counter for a experiment at school. The meter showed $0.12$-$0.21$ microSv/h during the day averaging at about $0.14$ mcSv/h. As we tried to ...
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How magnets create electricity in conductors?

what are the reasons for current appearing in a wire when wire is in a changing magnetic field?
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Do I understand measurement of dispersion relation in a solid correctly?

I'm currently doing an introduction to solid state physics course and have a quick question about measurement of the dispersion relation of phonons in a solid: The way I understood it is the ...
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Is there a way of measuring the spin along an arbitrary direction of a spin 1 particle?

I am familiar with the expression for spin 1/2 but haven't seen one for spin 1.
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Questions about MTW's “thousand” tests of the Einstein principle

In Misner, Thorne, Wheeler (henceforth written as "MTW"), "Gravitation", Box 16.4, there's an experimental setup construction (or method) presented by which "Each geodesic clock is constructed and ...
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Quantum fluctuations in a classical domain?

"In the presence of chaos, even small fluctuations (including quantum fluctuations) can be amplified to produce large uncertainties in later behavior"(http://arxiv.org/pdf/gr-qc/9210010v2.pdf) Is there ...
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How do you measure proton's spin? [duplicate]

I've probably read it somewhere in Sakurai but I cannot recall it at the moment. So how does one really measure the proton's spin? I mean the proton's spin and not its constituents. Do you measure ...
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Are there any Meson colliders?

There are no stable mesons as far as I know. Are there any meson-colliders analogous to for example proton-proton colliders? Edit: This edit was made more than a year after the original question was ...
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How do I calculate the experimental uncertainty in a function of two measured quantities

I am performing an experiment where I'm measuring two variables, say $x$ and $y$, but I'm actually interested in a third variable which I calculate from those two, $$z=f(x,y).$$ In my experiment, of ...
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Evidences against Supersymmetry [closed]

Recently, some experiments show that the supersymmetry is not realised by Nature according to the simple models that we currently have. Nevertheless, it is far from saying that the "game is over" as ...
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Physically implementing quantum measurement of energy

If there were a particle in a box, how could one measure its energy? I understand the theory behind quantum measurements: the Hamiltonian operator represents the energy observable, so you perform an ...
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How can I determine a gas partial pressure knowing the flow?

I have a vacuum chamber with a pressure 10-8 Torr. Then I open an Oxygen valve with a set flow of 2 sccm from a tank with a pressure of 2 bars. The pressure in the chamber decreases to 10-2 Torr. What ...
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Exorbitant number of counts per sec. in the Rutherford Experiment

May someone kindly advise on the Rutherford experiment? I have created a Gaussian of dP$_0$/$\Delta$$\theta$($\theta$), where P$_0$ is the number of counts of alpha particles through a 1.05X19.86 mm ...
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Is Galilei's reasoning on free fall valid?

Galileo Galilei discovered by experiments that all bodies tend to fall with the same rapidity (I use it in an intuitive sense, you can replace it by 'acceleration' used in today's physics language), ...
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Can we make rigid floating helium spheres?

Is there any material that we can make rigid floating helium spheres out of without it collapsing? I have been playing with surface area and volume formulas and with a bit of trial and error have ...
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References on the LHC experiments

I'm looking for a references / short book which discusses what is going on LHC collider - specific experiments, collision processes, analysis of data, how exactly the facility is operating (not ...