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What is the relationship between Faraday cage mesh size and attenuation of cell phone reception signals?

This is related to the question how can electromagnetic waves reach a cell phone in faraday cage?, where in the answer it was stated that the holes (=size of the mesh) would need to be smaller than ...
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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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Uncertainty of approximately sinusoidal voltage measurement

Say one is interested in measuring the mean value an approximately sinusoidal voltage with an instrument that has an accuracy of 0.01 V, according to its spec sheet. 10 periods of the oscillation have ...
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What is a good book describing the major experiments in Quantum mechanics? [closed]

I need some book suggestions on few of the major experiments done in Quantum Mechanics which are important in terms of what they imply, how they prove or disprove any theory that still exists or was ...
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Weight of solid partially immersed in water

Suppose an object(spherical) is kept in water and 9/10 of the object is inside the water 1/10 floats. Find the weight of solid inside liquid. By Archimedes principle, if an object is immersed in a ...
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Photoelectric effect experiment: is charging time proportional to current?

I'm not really sure what tags to add to this question, but definitely this is just an introductory physics experiment. Let me refresh you first with the basics of the photoelectric effect. We all ...
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Do bad clocks measure proper time?

It has been claimed several times e.g. here, and here, also here, or (outside PSE) there that Clocks measure proper time. Or equivalenty: proper time is just the time that would be ...
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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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What was the major discovery on gravitational waves made March 17th, 2014, in the BICEP2 experiment?

The Harvard-Smithsonian Centre for Astrophysics held a press conference today to announce a major discovery relating to gravitational waves. What was their announcement, and what are the implications? ...
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Motion in a Paul trap: $2n$th harmonic with larger amplitude than $n$th harmonic

Using a Paul trap, we captured the motion of a light charged particle (based on a rotating potential applied by AC current). Our rotational frequency was 50 Hz, and so when used FFT on the data, we ...
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Effect of varying distance of light source from a Light Dependant Resistor

I'm doing the experiment described here and I have a few questions regarding it. I've taken a mini-LDR hooked to a multimeter set to $\Omega $ and a $25\,\mathrm W$ Light Bulb to plot the following ...
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Determine reactance force of four load cells arranged in two dimensions

I have constructed a "force plate" to reconstruct the location (x,y) of a steady state contact point force f. The system consists of four fixed compression load cells L1, L2, L3, and L4 and a thick ...
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Upper limit to electric charge confinement?

The following questions are not intended for conventional capacitors (which stores excess charge on the outside surface), rather a type of hypothetical capacitor which is designed to confine charge by ...
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Energy resolution of LHC Electromagnetic Calorimeter

So I am trying to get an estimate of the electromagnetic calorimeter resolution at LHCb, and I have found this online: But I have no idea of what it means. Can anyone explain what the last part ...
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Cooling a cup of coffee with help of a spoon

During the breakfast with my colleagues, a question popped into my head: What is the fastest method to cool a cup of coffee, if your only available instrument is a spoon? A qualitative answer would ...
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Stop CO2 laser firing through holes in glass

How would you prevent a CO2 laser with interlocks used to mark glass from firing if there were holes in the glass. Usually the interlocks prevent the laser from firing unless it is pressed against ...
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Are the fast axes on Thorlabs quarter-waveplates mislabeled?

Some members of my lab are performing a polarization-sensitive experiment where they need to use a quarter-waveplate (QWP) with the fast axis in a specific direction. In the process of carefully ...
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Measurements from inside conductors

We have known for some time now that when electric field is applied across any conducting shell, then electric field inside it would be zero. It also has some fantastic applications such as ...
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Is there a rigorous, explicitly geometric, general characterization for whether a given clock had been “good”, or not?

In MTW, "Gravitation", there is a brief section (p. 26 and Fig. 1.9) discussing that clocks may be characterized, trial by trial, as having been "good" in the trial under consideration, or having been ...
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If a tree falls in the forest [closed]

The question of whether or not a tree that falls in the forest makes a sound - if there is nothing or no one around to hear it - comes up frequently at my house. So, my question is: is there any way ...
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Error calculation for experimental data

I have the list of experimental values: $$\{w_i \pm \Delta w_i\},$$ where $w_j$ is a mean value and $\Delta w_i$ is an error. I want to calculate the second list $\{a_i \pm \Delta a_i\}$ according to ...
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Determine viscosity using falling sphere (Stokes Law, Ladenburg correction)

Introduction I am trying to determine the viscosity of a fluid. Therefore, I let a sphere of known mass m and radius r fall ...
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What's the difference between frequency domain and time domain spectra?

If I have a mechanical oscillator and want to observe the dynamical behavior of the oscillator, is there any additional information to observe it in time domain and frequency domain? Normally, we ...
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How to identify a “measuring rod”, and how to compare separated “measuring rods” with each other?

The notion of "measuring rod" has appeared in PSE here and there, and outside PSE as well. As far as I understand (and as perhaps all who refer to this notion do agree on), important constituents of ...
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Is a Thomson's lamp physically realistic? [closed]

The Thomson's lamp is a philosophical puzzle that can be describe as follows: Consider a lamp with a toggle switch. Flicking the switch once turns the lamp on. Another flick will turn the lamp off. ...
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Difference between Vernier constant and least count

What is the difference between the Vernier constant and least count of a Vernier caliper?
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Fiber optics with broadband, incoherent light

I wonder if someone could help clarify waveguiding with broadband, incoherent light please. If we take a telecomms fiber, which is single-moded above ~1.4 μm and couple a laser beam in, we assume ...
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How is the most accurate value of $G$ measured?

How do modern scientists update the measurement of $G$, the gravitational constant? Is CODATA the authority on this measurement and the experiment?
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Inexplicable Results in a Vacuum Experiment

We've been doing the following experiment in our Physics Lab course and are coming up with some strange results which we're at a loss to explain. The purpose of the experiment is to determine the ...
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Mixing liquids when applying a voltage

I'm thinking in the following experiment: A) Two (non mixable (like water and oil)) liquids are going to lie in a container, in the extremes of the container there are two electrodes, those ...
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Does a Michelson-Morley experiment uphold mass-energy equivalence and special relativity?

If there is an experiment that best supports $E=mc^2$, is it the Michelson-Morley experiment?
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How is 2D spectroscopy able to show quantum coherent transport through networks?

For wave-like (quantum coherent) energy transfer in networks (eg. propagation of excitation in photosynthetic protein complexes of algae or FMO complex in plants) 2D electronic (photon echo?) ...
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Can “uniform motion” (or “mutual rest”) be determined intrinsically, by members of Synge's “five-point curvature detector”?

In his description of a "five-point curvature detector" [1], J. L. Synge exhibits a Cayley-Menger determinant in terms of "optical distances" between five distinct participants; and he states that the ...
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What is $Q_p/Q_e$ experimentally? [duplicate]

What is the experimental value of the ratio between the proton and the electron charge? Or more generally, is there a table that lists the ratio of the different nuclei charges to that of the ...
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How legit is this paper claiming to have observed Hawking radiation? [closed]

I recently stumbled upon this paper. In it, the author claims to have found a signature for Hawking radiation in a condensed matter system. I know that experimentalists have been trying to find ...
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What is the experiment used to actually observe the position of the electron in the H atom?

Prior to observation, the electron can be found anywhere (from inside the nucleus to the ends of the universe), but once its position is determined the answer is precise (albeit its momentum is not ...
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Why can't this flying swimming pool work in practice?

I was browsing a website with funny pictures and found this one quite interesting.
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Experimental determination of speed of light

How is the speed of light measured by the most current method i.e. using lasers and atomic clocks? Alternatively, is there a better method?
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How to properly read a measurement result if it is a number?

If the result of a measurement is i.e. $3.2 \pm 0.7$, what is 0.7? At which confidence level we know that the real result is inside of this interval?
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Why is the decay time of the scintilator pulse of the gamma rays longer than the decay time of neutrons?

When you discriminate between neutrons and gamma rays (using a liquid scintillator) you use the fact that the pulse due to gamma rays have a longer decay time than the pulse due to neutrons. When you ...
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Is it THE Higgs?

Can anyone brief me, about the status of the Higgs boson discovery and verification at CERN? Specificaly is it A higgs or THE higgs? If it is A higgs, where exactly does it differ from THE higgs? ...
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Resolution of experiment is lower than the detector, so how to weigh the data?

I am attempting to create an atomic model based on data from a transmission electron microscope (TEM). Basically you shoot electrons at bunch of identical molecules stuck to a grid, and look at the ...
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Why nano indentation is used to test bulk material?

I am curious why nano indentation is used? I can understand when material size goes to micros or below, conventional hardening methods can become difficult to use. However many papers say that ...
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Which experiments prove atomic theory?

Which experiments prove atomic theory? Sub-atomic theories: atoms have: nuclei; electrons; protons; and neutrons. That the number of electrons atoms have determines their relationship with other ...
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Hollow gold bar

A scammer got a hollow gold bar and fills it with a combination of lead and air, with the same average density as gold. What's the simplest way of discovering the fraud? I know that x-rays will see ...
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A-level electromagnetism experiments? [closed]

Does anybody know any A-level experiments investigating electromagnetism that can produce good data relatively simply?
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Simple pendulum is not so simple as it seems to be? [duplicate]

Does a simple pendulum come to stop due to the action of gravity ? Consider : No air drag, No change in place.
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Which error propagation equation to use for a function of 2 variables?

So I have been taught two formulas for error propagation: For $Z=A+B$, $\sigma_Z=\sqrt{(\sigma_A^2+\sigma_B^2)}$ and for Z=AB or Z=A/B ...
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How do we physically apply the operators of quantum mechanics on a particle?

What do we have to perform physically that is equivalent to applying those quantum mechanical operators on a state $|\psi\rangle$? Edit: I have removed the part I was asking regarding measurement ...