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What are the longest half-lives we can detect experimentally? What stops us going further? Are we trying to?

Xenon 136, apparently, has a half-life of 2.11×1021 years. This strikes me as a humongously long time to run an experiment, clocking in at about 11 orders of magnitude longer than the age of the ...
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Ozone elimination

I have a potential problem with airflow through a high voltage capacitively coupled RF discharge (in a tube) producing ozone. How can I remove ozone from the airflow? The use of liquids is not ...
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Partitioning a single vacuum chamber to isolate out-gassing components?

Planning a DIY vacuume chamber that would contain motors and electronics for manipulating in random experiments My thought is to section the chamber into two parts: clean and dirty - the dirty part ...
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Has a double slit experiment ever been done using a track chamber or even contemplated?

I tried searches and the question has been posed in other fora, but no experiment came up. Track chambers (cloud chambers, bubble chambers , time projection chambers, solid state detectors like the ...
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What granular/colored material suspends itself in an enclosed container filled with water regardless of pressure, gravity and buoyancy?

i've been looking around for an answer but it turns out that google dsn't think it's an obvious question. Would really appreciate the help. Basically i'm wondering if there is any known material that ...
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What factors are influencing a woosh rocket?

Not sure if this is too much chemistry, but I'll try: If I fill a plastic bottle with a small amount of rubbing alcohol, shake it around and hold a match to the bottle neck, I'll get a flame wooshing ...
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Wavelength of light too long to measure electron position in double-slit experiment?

I'm a mathematician, so I am not familiar with experimental physics. I am watching MIT course on Quantum Mechanics, and they describe the two-slit experiment with electrons passing through the slits. ...
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Is there any evidence against the Cosmological Principle?

I have been slowly getting more into math, but haven't gone into differential geometry or anything like that yet, so this question might be basic. Trying to get a deeper understanding of the ...
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What is supposed to be used as $m$ in $m\lambda = d\sin \theta $

I know that $m$ is the "order number", but I don't understand how this applies to the lab we did. We looked at Hydrogen gas through a diffraction grating (500 lines/cm or something like that) and saw ...
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Do metric theories with torsion contradict solar system observations?

Obviously, the answer to this question can be "maybe, if you make the torsion tensor small enough", but my question is, given some "typical" size to the torsion tensor, do the spin-orbit couplings ...
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How are determined experimentally the energy levels of the atoms ? How is the calibration done to several decimal points?

I see discrepancy for the absorption edges for the atoms in the X-ray ? For example K-absorption edge of carbon can be anywhere between 282 to 284eV according to different sources. My question is ...
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How to emulate 40ft (12 m) of water? [closed]

I am part of an underwater robotics team, and our next year's challenge requires us to compete at a depth of 40ft. We don't have any pools nearby to test in, so I want to emulate this 40ft of pressure ...
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why is clear electron saturation not obtained in a Langmuir probe experiment?

I recently conducted an experiment to study the I-V characteristics of a Debye sheath, but I can't obtain electron saturation. Why does it happen?
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Estimation of source irradiance given the spectral sensitivity of the instrument and spectrum of the source

I am trying to measure the irradiance of a UV source, but the available instrument has a different sensitivity. Suppose the black line corresponds to the spectral sensitivity of the instrument ...
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Hafele-Keating revisited with a gravity clock

Most modern clocks use electromagnetic phenomena to measure time. There are perhaps some older clocks that involve gravity to some degree (hour glass, pendulum), but I believe they still have a ...
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About Michelson-Morley experiment

Can you please explain it to me. As far as I know, we have a monochromatic and coherent em source and we getting an interference picture (because we clearly couldn't make the splitted beams travel ...
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How to experimentally create an atom in a superposition of ground and excited states? [closed]

For Quantum Computing we use atoms in superposed states, but how do we physically create them?
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Terminal velocity of a steel ball in water [closed]

I am investigating on the terminal velocity of steel balls moving in water. I used the balls with different diameters, such as 3.17mm, 6.02mm, etc. And I used a full-filled 1L graduated cylinder. I ...
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Dependence of Hall coefficient on temperature in copper

As part of a project on the Hall Effect in metals, we would like to find out whether the Hall Coefficient of copper depends on its temperature, and if so how. We passed a current I through a copper ...
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What is a “cut” in the Hanbury-Brown and Twiss (HBT) method?

I am currently working on p-p collisions simulations using PYTHIA 6. I am using a Monte Carlo approach, but I have done mass reconstructions in the past using something very similar to the ...
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Laser beam receiver

Problem: I have an object that can move in the $x,\,y,\,z$ direction. The goal is to measure the $x,y$ variation as the object travels along the $z$ axis. Typically the distance traveled is less than ...
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What is “forward peaking”?

In "Research and Development for a Gadolinium Doped Water Cherenkov Detector" the phrase "forward peaking" is used to describe a signal. This comes up in lots of other contexts too, but I still can't ...
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How accurate is the Callendar-Van Dusen equation?

... over 0 degC to 100 degC? The equation itself can be found here I can do a very accurate one point calibration of a 1/10 DIN PT100 sensor at 0 degC. If I use the equation to correct for non-linear ...
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Median filtering - cheating?

The concept is simple, and is used to remove non-typical data. A sample set is put in numerical order and the extremes discarded. For example, in an experiment I am doing I take batches of 10 ...
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Error propagation log2

I have a quick question to report some numbers on an experiment. I made measurements of fluorescence in a titration of a chemical. The titrations were 1:2 serial dilutions so I report each ...
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How “steady” are screw threads?

I have a setup whereby two stainless steel end caps screw into a similar tube about 100mm in length and 25mm internal diameter. Thread is fairly standard, and is finger tight. The question is: ...
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Linear momentum experiment

trying to design an experiment for linear momentum. Could someone tell me whether this would work. Get a wooden toy car and attach it to some string which is hung over a pulley on the end of the ...
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Corona discharge v pressure in air

Does anyone have any information on how a corona discharge between two electrodes changes as pressure is reduced from atmospheric to below 1mB? I am assuming current limited. Also, what I am looking ...
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How to measure the wave-function experimentally?

Do experimental physicists really measure the wave function of a system? How do they do it? Do they make many identically-prepared systems and measure the position of the particle(s) over and over ...
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Has a phonon, a formal quasi-particle, ever been observed as a point particle?

Phonons are a nice tool to simplify the quantum-mechanical description of lattice vibrations by identifying the ladder operator of normal modes as creation operators of a certain quasi-particle. In ...
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Evaporation of black holes

What is the current scientific consensus about the evaporation of black holes? Is there any experimental evidence that support it? (I distinguish between Hawking radiation and black hole evaporation)
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How can I precisely measure the intensity of the Hydrogen Alpha (Balmer) line at low intensities?

I assume that I will need some kind of very precise filtering, but how is that accomplished? After that, photon counting at worst, but I am expecting millions of photons per second. The background is ...
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Are there any planned experiments to intentionally create black holes in the lab for study?

And if they did what kind of machine would be making them? And what would they study?
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Determine water level difference in two ponds

I live near two ponds whose water levels appear to differ by a few feet. The ground is hard clay, so I don't think there's any underground water exchange between the ponds. The ponds are separated by ...
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How much harder an aluminum bat will hit a ball as compared to a wooden bat?

I was thinking like what's the major difference between using aluminum bat and wooden bat means how much harder will an aluminum bat will hit a ball as compared to wooden bat ?
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Probability of Vacuum Fluctuations near Charges

A short, simple enough question, if you know about field theory, which unfortunately I don't. Are vacuum fluctuations more probable near a charge, for example an electron with negative charge? I ...
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Explanation of Michelson Interferometer Fringe Shift

I have been working on an experiment where 2 glass microscope slides are pinched together at one end (so that there is a "wedge" of air between them) and placed in the path of a laser in one leg of a ...
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Decay channels of the Higgs Boson in Large Hadron Collider particle production

I attach a diagram of 4 of the (many) possible decay channels produced by the Higgs boson, and I have read that 57 % of the time, we find a bottom quark, antibottom quark pair resulting from this ...
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What is the essential difference between a resonance and a particle?

Let me start by explaining my particle physics background is very patchy, so this question may not be as coherent as I would like it to be. In general terms, what is the difference between a ...
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Large Hadron Collider 2015 upgrade, what can it show us?

I realise that the initial answer to my question that may come to mind is, "we don't know yet, duh!!" But my question is hopefully not opinion based. To be specific, have we now a greater chance of ...
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the torsion balance of the Cavendish experiment

I need to perform the Cavendish experiment and build a torsion balance but I can't find metallic spheres with enought mass so I was thinking about using a pair of dumbbells instead. My question is if ...
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Signs of supersymmetry and thus dark matter at CERN

The Large Hadron Collider at CERN has just re-started after a two year pause and is now running at unprecedented levels of 6.5 TeV, with collisions that will release up to 13.5 TeV. With this increase ...
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How many different experimental configurations does the Large Hadron Collider have?

I understand that the LHC can collide protons with protons, heavy ions with heavy ions, or protons with heavy ions, giving three main configurations. But, I'm wondering: is that the only property that ...
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About a recent experiment which claims reality doesn't exist until we measure it?

Reality doesn't exist until we measure it, Quantum Experiment confirms. Is this one more experiment which is the victim of how news generally hypes stuff like this? This is a section from the ...
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Michelson-Morley experiment

I have to do an experiment about light. I preferred to measure the speed of light by the experiment of Michelson and Morley. When you do the experiment, it will result in an interference pattern by ...
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Role of quark color with respect to exclusion principle

From Wikipedia's article on color charge: "Shortly after the existence of quarks was first proposed in 1964, Oscar W. Greenberg introduced the notion of color charge to explain how quarks could ...
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Physical experiments - False positives

How is it made sure that something has been discovered, and not just noise? Is one discovery of something that is predicted considered to be enough (Higgs-particle)? What are the probabilities of a ...
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Quark-gluon plasma: status [closed]

Can we say that a QGP has been observed or is there only suggestive evidence? Is the idea that string theory, through the AdS/CFT correspondence, could help to understand this new state of matter ...
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Are Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB) photons entangled?

Suppose we'd like to know whether two cosmic microwave background photons emitted from different parts of the sky have any quantum correlation with each other. We could measure polarization of two ...
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Is there a significant possibility of the LHC missing “exotic” particles or events?

In his popsci book, "Particle at the end of the universe", Sean Carroll says that the LHC, due to it's sheer information gathering capability, necessarily needs to completely discard most of the data ...