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Most sophisticated experiment you could perform in your garage? [closed]

What are some of the most elegant/complex/sophisticated physics experiments one could perform in his garage, if he has enough spare time and technical/theoretical know-how, but a relatively limited ...
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Wheatstone bridge galvanometer error

We had to measure the resistance of $R_x$, we balanced the Wheatstone bridge and did calculations. My question is: we didn't include galvanometer error into calculations. Why is that? I read that it's ...
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What does a positive gradient on a graph of V plotted against I mean in terms of EMF and internal resistance?

According to the equation $V = E-Ir$, the gradient of a graph of $V$ against $I$ should be $-r$ (internal resistance) and the Y intercept should be the EMF. Am I right? In an experiment I used a ...
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How to choose a $\alpha$, $\beta$, $\gamma$ measurement detector?

There are many different detectors for different radiation,such as NaI,HpGe,CsI for $\gamma$ detection,and ionization chamber,proportional counter,Geiger counter for $\alpha$, $\beta$ detection,but ...
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limits of diamond anvils for high pressure research

in this wikipedia article regarding diamond anvils, it mentions that the pressure peaks roughly at 300 GPa. My question is why is this so? is the diamond crystal structure collapsing if higher ...
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Basic question on experimental plots

On the following Higgs $\rightarrow$ Tau Tau plot, since we are plotting the ratio of $\frac{\sigma}{\sigma_{SM}}$ on the y axis, shouldn't the expected for this be 1? i.e., shouldn't the expected 68% ...
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Weinberg angle measurement methods

I was reading up on the history of $W/Z$ bosons today and I got a little puzzled. I always assumed that people measured $M_Z$ and $M_W$ and then derived the Weinberg angle. But it appears that they ...
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How is it possible to come to a conclusion that Universe is a result of the Big Bang while we aren't able to observe the entire Universe?

-I'm not a religious person so this is not a denial. I'm just trying to understand the most fundamental topic about Universe. -I know the Big Bang cosmological model is not a law but it's a theory. ...
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Compactness of spacetime: experiment and math

It is common to find models built on a compact spacetime. In mathematics, compactness is a very nice property $-$ and lot of powerful results depend on it. But how safe is assuming compactness of ...
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Abiotic oil vs the traditional theory of oil deposit formation [closed]

I am curious to see what people think of the abiotic theory of oil deposit formation versus the traditional theory. I have long wondered how enough organic material became trapped underground to ...
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How does Aquarium Aeration work on the Aquatic Habitat aboard the International Space Station?

The most recent set of experiments sent to the ISS included 32 fish which are going to be studied in a space aquarium called the Aquatic Habitat. On Earth, an air pump pushes air which flows out of ...
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Missing transverse energy, exact definition

This might seem basic, but it is a bit confusing. You hear about missing transverse energy a lot in SUSY searches due to the LSP which cannot be detected. Let's say I have the 4-vector for the LSP. ...
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Peak deconvolution [closed]

I need some help understanding how much information I can pull out of this data. I have a sample made up of two materials. Materials A and material B. Then I took a picture of the sample. The two ...
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Microsoft Excel not graphing $x = y^{1/2}$

The experiment was relating the period of one "bounce" when you hang a weight on a spring and let it bounce. I have this data here, one being mass and one being time. The time is an average of 5 ...
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How does blow-drying a mirror keep it from steaming up again?

After a hot shower, the mirror in my bathroom steams up. When I try to clear it with a towel, it immediately refogs. Yet once I use my hair-dryer, it will clear the fog and the mirror will stay clear. ...
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Calibrating an electronic temperature sensor based on power consumption

I'm working with an electronic temperature logger that is being affected by heat generated internally. How does one come up with a calibration equation to calculate a more accurate reading of ambient ...
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Can Ohm's law break in metals?

I was rereading Purcell's Electricity and Magnetism as research for another question, and I found this passage: In metals Ohm's law is obeyed exceedingly accurately up to current densities far ...
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How to measure force of impact inside container?

I am in 7th grade and for my science fair project, I need a way to measure the force on a dropped object when it hits the ground. What I am trying to determine is which packing materials provide the ...
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How is the phase shift of light measured?

This may seem like a simple question, but I cant seem to make any headway. Consider the following; I have two beams of light, a reference beam $(A=\cos(wt))$ and phase shifted beam ...
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Experimental realization of Quantum Teleportation of Spin, not polarization, not ions or atoms

I've looked everywhere in databases my school provides, to google searches, to the questions asked in physics forums, and here. As I understand, the original QT (quantum teleportation) protocol ...
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Can a SQUID perform real time measurements of a slow varying magnetic flux?

It is well known that a SQUID can detect an extremely small magnetic flux. What if the flux is time-dependent? E.g. a slow varying sinusoidal magnetic flux $$\Phi=\Phi_0\sin(\omega t).$$ Can I ...
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Are there experiments that are banned from being done at the LHC?

Are there experiments that are banned from being done at the LHC because they are too dangerous?
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What is predicted to happen for electron beams in the Stern-Gerlach experiment?

The Stern–Gerlach experiment has been carried out for silver and hydrogen atoms, with the result that the beams are deflected discretely rather than continuously by an inhomogenous magnetic field. ...
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How do I do error calculus right using gnuplot as an example?

Given is a set of measurements with their respective errors for example an energy spectrum. In gnuplot one is to fit a function $ f(x;\{p_i\})$ depending on a variable $x$ and on fit parameters $p_i$. ...
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Using quantum entanglement to send messages back to the past [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Entanglement in time I heard that there is an experiment that uses quantum entanglement to try to send messages back to the past. I am having a hard time understanding ...
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How to properly bake a ultra high vacuum chamber?

I need to get rid of water excess in my vacuum chamber, and for that there is the procedure of baking. In order to do that there are several things that one needs to consider, the power, heat load, ...
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Macroscopic quantum gravity phenomena

A theory of quantum gravity is said to be needed when quantum and gravitational effects are strong at the same time i.e. at black hole singularities and at the big bang. This also makes it difficult ...
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New physics at high energies, cosmic rays, particle-detectors in space

New physics is expected at high energies and cosmic rays have high energies, so have there been or are there any plans to put particle detectors in space to study cosmic rays for new physics ?
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Why is there a hiss sound when water falls on a hot surface?

Why is there a hiss sound when water falls on a hot surface? I have searched a lot, asked my teachers but none of them seem to give me the logical answer to it.
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How is charge measured and mass of the electron at the same time?

There are few constants that usually come together, $e/m$ also $h/e$. How are they decoupled? If the speed of light is "derived" as Wikipedia states how meter defined and time?
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How can the properties of the Earth be determined?

How can the properties of the Earth be determined? And how is the gravitational constant then determined from them? A satellite can determine the G.M.. But, how they are individually determined ...
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How 'Faster Than Light' Neutrino Was Product of Loose Cable at CERN?

A "faster than light" neutrino discovery was actually the result of a loose cable. A fiber-optic cable in a GPS receiver at the European Center for Particle Physics ( CERN) near Geneva Can someone ...
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Misaligned Mirror on Michelson Inferometer

If one of the outer mirrors on a Michelson interferometer was to be misaligned by a small angle of theta, what would be the shape of the interference pattern in the detector plane? What would happen ...
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How does QM allow imaging of individual electron orbitals?

Question: Why does the uncertainty principle allow probing of characteristics specific to the electron orbital distribution? If you measure an electron's position/momentum, then after you measure ...
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What is the smallest amount of He you can use to cool a superconducting magnet?

This is an engineering question, but it is adressed to physicists who build accelerators. This question: An electromagnetic space elevator? notices that a NbSn superconducting ring around the equator ...
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Lab observation correct? As distance decreases, velocity increases, stderr decreases

The experiment goes like this: Allow a moving cart to move from the top of an incline plane ($x_0$) downwards. The time taken will be recorded by the picket fence (those things you see wired up). ...
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How does one make a particle with particular wavefunction?

I was always curious how scientists achieve a particle with particular wavefunction (of location and spins etc.) So how do they achieve it? Or is this impossible?
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Is it proven that all “solar” neutrinos are coming from the Sun direction?

In "Observation of 8B solar neutrinos in the Kamiokande-II detector" (Phys.Rev.Lett., 63, 16(1989), http://prl.aps.org/pdf/PRL/v63/i1/p16_1) the Figure 2 shows that only small percentage of registered ...
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why there is no accuracy of the measured value of $G$?

With the advancement of Modern Technology still there is no accuracy of the measured value of $G$ Gravitational Constant, why!?
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Gravitational inverse-square law [duplicate]

I was looking at the gravitational inverse-square law: $$ F_G = G \frac{Mm}{r^2} $$ This law comes from some experimental data? Why it is an exact inverse-square law? Could it be $$ F_G = G ...
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What sort of thin film experiments can be done in zero gravity and in the presence of cosmic radiation?

I recently found out about sending stuff into space and using the unique zero gravity and cosmic radiation riddled environment to investigate stuff like crystal growth. Since thin film science is a ...
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What is a Pseudoscalar particle?

Can someone explain to me what is a pseudoscalar particle? And how do experiments figure out that what they're dealing with is a scalar or pseudoscalar?
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What is the status of the Gennes - Alexander theory of Superconducting Micronetworks?

I have started reading the book Connectivity and Superconductivity which gives an introduction to the ideas of de Gennes-Alexander theory. My question is: how is this theory regarded experimentally? ...
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How the spectrum of the hydrogen atom is checked/detected experimentally?

When solving the hydrogen atom, as a 2 body problem, we have the motion of the center of mass and the motion relative to the center of mass. The well known energy spectrum, $E_n$, that goes like ...
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Parity and Helicity of the Higgs Boson

I have been studying how the spin and parity of the new boson discovered at the LHC will be studied and have run into some confusion. The Standard Model Higgs is expected to be a scalar (i.e. have ...
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What were the intention/conclusions for Michelson-Morley experiment?

Which of the following were the intentions of M&M? to disprove the existence of aether. to show that the aether has no effect on matter and energy and therefore is as good as non-existent. ...
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Vector Boson Fusion

I have been reading about the production mechanisms for the Higgs at the LHC. It is always mentioned that for Vector Boson Fusion, the initial quarks cause jets that are back to back and with a higher ...
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Can all quantum superpositions be realized experimentally?

When textbooks in QM give example of finite dimensional Hilbert spaces they give examples of photon polarizations or of 2-states systems and sometimes they mention how one can achieve superposition in ...
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Experimental observation of elementary particles?

I posted a similar yet totally unrelated question recently, and got really satisfying responses to it. Thus, on the same theme... How have we come to realize the existence of elementary particles in ...
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What is the particle residence time for given flow rates of gas mixture components? [closed]

For two different chemical substances there are two open valves with flow rates $$Q_1=a\frac{m^3}{h}\ \text{ and }\ \ Q_2=b\frac{m^3}{h},$$ leading into seperate cables. Next, the cables join, the ...