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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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What is the meaning of electrons cancelling each other?

I'm trying to understand, why magnets attract certain metals but not objects made out of paper, plastic etc., And the answer I got is 'in paper, electrons cancel each other'. What does it mean?
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Which is the smallest known particle that scientists have actually *seen with their eyes*? [closed]

Which is the smallest particle that has been actually seen by the scientists? When I say "actually seen", (may be using some ultra advanced microscope or any other man made eye, using any wavelength ...
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Specific heat of aluminium as a function of temperature

I am trying to find the curve describing the specific heat of aluminum as a function of temperature between about 50K to 300K(or room temperature) for an experiment I am doing. Ultimately I need to ...
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Measuring extra-dimensions

I have read and heard in a number of places that extra dimension might be as big as $x$ mm. What I'm wondering is the following: How is length assigned to these extra dimensions? I mean you can ...
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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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Measuring a fluctuating quantity: Instrument error vs. uncertainty, or both?

Say I am measuring a quantity $x$ in physical system whose true value is approximately sinusoidal in time. I have an instrument to sample this quantity, for which the manufacturer gives an accuracy ...
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Numerical aperture of a lens

Using a laser setup, I was asked to determine the aperture of a given lens and then use some geometrical arguments and compare the theoretical value from the manufacturer and the experimental value. ...
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What experiments compete with BICEP 2, and when are their results expected?

The recent results of the BICEP 2 experiment published on March 17th 2014, has generated a lot of media attention, with the general consensus being that "this is a major discovery" perhaps leading to ...
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What are the problems in analyzing an experiment with non-ideal collisions? [closed]

For a two-dimensional collision experiment, I must explain in one of the questions the problems in analyzing a non-ideal two-dimensional collision. As the question states: Suppose that the ...
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Creating electricity from mains water pressure.

Could someone cleverer than me help me out? I had a crazy thought going through my head the other day and I can't lay my mind to rest until I get an answer. Q. How much energy could be produced by ...
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EPR paradox: instantaneous vs very fast?

An EPR quantum experiment can be explained by instantaneous collapse of the wave function regardless of the distance separating a pair of entangled particles. But do we have the certainty that the ...
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Photoelectric effect: current vs wavelength

In an experiment where the type of metal,intensity of light and potential difference across a battery is kept constant at 2V the results show that an increase in wavelength, obviously in turn ...
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Why would a pendulum experiment give $g > 9.8\ \mathrm{m/s^2}$?

I am taking an introductory lab course in which we've done an experiment on the physical pendulum. We've seen that for small oscillations, the period is ...
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need data-point: count rate of APD (avalanche photo-diode) for specific aperture and stellar magnitude

I hope lab / experimental physics is fair game for this web-site. If not, sorry! I'm designing a sensor system to perform specialized [astronomy and space-sciences] experiments, and need a "reality ...
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Measurements for thermal diffusivity of graphene?

We have known for a long time that graphene has in-plane thermal conductivity ranging between 2000 and 4000 $W m^{-1} K^{-1}$. But in order to model heat transport on a sheet of graphene, we need more ...
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Getting nonphysical results when solving for the index of refraction of a slab?

I'm trying to computationally find the refractive indices (real and imaginary) for a thin slab suspended in air (so the only indices to deal with are air and my material's). I've experimentally taken ...
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Escape velocity of a rocket standing on Ganymede (Moon of Jupiter)

I want to calculate the escape velocity of a rocket, standing on the surface of Ganymede (moon of Jupiter) and trying to leave Ganymede. My thinking was, the kinetic energy $E_{\text{KIN}}$ must be ...
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Reproducing the OPERA result

Are there any other facilities that would be capable of independantly verifying the opera result? In other words, a completely different source/detector for $\nu_{\mu}$ beams? Alternatively, there ...
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Calculating Lyapunov exponents from a multi-dimensional experimental time series

Wolf's paper Determining Lyapunov Exponents from a Time Series states that: Experimental data typically consist of discrete measurements of a single observable. The well-known technique of phase ...
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Cart on Ramp with Varying Acceleration

For a lab that I have to do, the teacher has given me a data table of the displacement of a cart on a ramp after successive intervals of time. I have used this data to derive the velocities and ...
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Conical Pendulum — Can it rotate at 90 degrees?

I have a simple question, can you spin a conical pendulum fast enough so that it rotates at 90 degrees? The equation is $\tan(\theta)=v^2/rg$ , but at 90 degrees, $\tan(\theta)=\infty$ ... so what ...
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Experimental results regarding non-extensivity in small systems

From a statistical mechanics point of view, the extensivity of thermodynamics arises from the fact that we can neglect interaction terms in the Hamiltonian. This allows us to infer that when we put ...
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Quantum distance ladder

There is a lecture on how facts about the cosmos can be derived form rather simple observation. Is there an analogy for the small scale? Is there a technically simple observation that would imply, ...
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Fractional quantum number induced in a soliton profile

It has been known there is fractional quantum number induced in a soliton profile, such as this Jeffrey Goldstone and Frank Wilczek paper and many works of Jackiw. For example the electric charge ...
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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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Brewster angle and perpendicular component

Fresnel's equations give that at Brewster's angle, the parallel component of the incident light is zero. The reflected perpendicular component is not zero, though. We can "remove" this component using ...
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How was the Oh-My-God particle observed?

How exactly was the Oh-My-God particle (ultra-high energy cosmic ray) observed and its energy measured?
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How would you go about finding the natural frequencies (resonance frequency) [closed]

How would you go about finding the natural frequencies of solid materials like wood (e.g., teak, pine), stone (e.g., marble, granite) liquid, etc?
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2nd - 3rd Year Physics Labs [closed]

I'm looking to propose a new physics laboratory experiment, does anyone have any particularly fond memories of an experiment they carried out whilst at University? I'd like to include a section that ...
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Addition according to significant digits

I have been studying about significant digits and addition rules and I can't quite digest the rules of addition completely. It states that in the answer number of decimal places will be equal to the ...
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In how big percentage of gravity core does play role in?

If something would take whole core of earth and done this $(((coreearth)-(restofearth)):coreearth)*100=X$ What would X be? In short, which part of our planet ...
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Experiment under ambient light

I performed the following experiment for Faraday rotation, Verdet constant etc. http://www.teachspin.com/instruments/faraday/ However, I have a concern. Does the external light actually affect ...
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Why isn't Higgs coupling considered a fifth fundamental force?

When I first learned about the four fundamental forces of nature, I assumed that they were just the only four kind of interactions there were. But after learning a little field theory, there are many ...
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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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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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Measurement of speed of static electric field propagation?

Could one measure the time delay between charging up an electrode and measuring the static electric field at some distance? For example I've looked up the specifications of an Electric Field Meter ...
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Couder-Fort Oil Bath Experiments and Quantum Entanglement Phenomena

The oil bath experiments of Couder and Fort have been able to reproduce various "pilot wave like" quantum behavior on a macroscopic scale. Particularly striking is the fact that the double-slit ...
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Is there any reproducible tested evidence for Ni-H cold fusion?

The main replications of cold fusion, the ones that are beyond reproach, used Pd/d as the system. But commercial developers have often claim to use Ni-H to achieve similar effects. The claims include ...
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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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Inverse Square Law in Beta Radiation

Setup: A radioactive source is placed at alternating distances from a Geiger Counter. Counts per second for 10 different distances (each spaced 1 cm apart) were taken for preset times ranging from 200 ...
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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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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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What are the effects of cosmic rays on consumer electronics?

When electronics/computer companies design a new chip, processor/ memory card/ or a solar cell, do they study the effect of cosmic rays on such electronically sensitive materials? If not, why not?
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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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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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What is the difference between translation and rotation?

What is the difference between translation and rotation ? If this were a mathematics site, the question would be at best naive. But this is physics site, and the question must be interpreted as a ...
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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, ...