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Why can't a high intensity beam be injected into the LHC when the machine is empty

Watching this YouTube video about the LHC at around 3 minutes and 50 seconds into the video the narrator says... For machine protection reasons we are not allowed to inject a high intensity beam ...
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5 sigma result proof for particle discovery

Source: Carrolls : "Particle at The End of The Universe" P. 177 I am just checking my understanding of Carroll's point about "a 5 sigma result being the gold standard" of experimental proof. ...
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Capillary action and its limitations

From Wikipedia Capillary Action Thus for a 4 m diameter glass tube in lab conditions given above (radius 2 m), the water would rise an unnoticeable 0.007 mm. However, for a 4 cm diameter tube (radius ...
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Could satellites achieve orbit using current laser technology

My question is, could we, using current laser technology sufficiently scaled up, launch a lightweight, say a GPS navigation satellite, into earth orbit? The main objection to me is maintaining the ...
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Show that a photon cannot transmit its total energy to a free electron. Contradiction with Photoelectric effect?

This is a problem in my textbook and I've shown it this way: $E_{initial}=\frac{hc}{\lambda} + mc^2$ $p_{initial}=h/\lambda$ After collision with photon having zero energy we get ...
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Explain an experiment: airstream between two hinged curved surfaces

Please, see the following video (the experiment starts at 3:40 and ends at 3:55): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7pB6q_bH35s&feature=youtu.be&t=216 The basic idea: given 2 curved surfaces ...
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Does my green laser pointer emit three distinct frequencies, or is my measurement flawed?

I was playing around with a cheap diffraction grating and my set of laser pointers, and I noticed that while the red and the blue pointers produce a single point in the spectrum, my green laser ...
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How much does barometric pressure change over minutes?

I have to correct an ongoing experiment for atmospheric pressure. This means that during the experiment I must read a chip that measures barometric pressure. The question becomes one of how rapidly I ...
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LArTPC muon sign determination

What are some techniques for muon sign determination (w/o magnetic field) for fully contained muons, using statistical analysis? Especially because liquid Argon time projection chambers' sign ...
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About recent experimental evidence of Majorana edge states in topological superconductors

I have a couple of question about the recent experimental evidence of Majorana edge states in topological superconductors. Which are the main differences between the experimental signatures of ...
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Physics involved in the DNA-structure discovery

In 1962 Francis Crick, James Dewey Watson and Maurice Hugh Frederick Wilkins won the Nobel Prize: For their discoveries concerning the molecular structure of nucleic acids and its significance for ...
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Why is a substrate needed in growing GaN?

Is the substrate a layer on which GaN crystal grows on? Is there a way to grow free-standing GaN? Would the resultant crystal be full of defects?
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Free parameters in the Standard Model

From my understanding of the standard model, I understand that there are 19 or 20 free parameters that we need to put in by hand as, and I'm guessing here, there is as yet no theoretical basis for ...
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Measuring electrical conductance (resistance) of ice and water

What is the standard method of measuring conductance of ice and water? The reason I ask is that apparently one has to take account of the fact that both of them conduct electricity protonically ...
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Trying to understand electron diffraction

I'm trying to understand how electron diffraction works, but I'm not really getting it. Here's an image Here are a couple of questions about it that I can't figure out. Why is the angle of the ...
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Propagation of uncertainty - which formula? [duplicate]

Can someone explain to me when do I use this formula ...and when do I use this one?
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Energy for burning things!

I have a cylindrical lens & a surface that can be burned.( for example wood , sheet ,...) In a sunny day , I wanna burn the surface but I don't know the "Energy for burning surfaces" If the ...
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Amplitude-Frequency curve

Given a resonance curve just like this: Could someone explain to me what the physical meaning of the intersection with the ordinate is? At first glance I would say it has to be $(0 | 0) $ since ...
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Directions in the Elastic/Stiffness Constant Tensor

I am working on a report for an experiment I did concerning the Elastic constant tensor. This has 36 terms for tensile and shear stresses. I don't understand what the off diagonal elements are! C11 is ...
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How do I calculate temperature diffusion in a gas contained in a heatsink?

To simplify the problem, consider a sphere with a diameter of $25\mathrm{mm}$ inside an infinite heatsink at $300\mathrm{K}$. At $t=0$ I instantaneously raise the temperature of the gas in the ...
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Torsion pendulum and determining the moment of inertia

(58. Polish Olympiad in Physics, final stage, 2009) We have a given element . We have to determine its moment of inertia. The idea is using a torsion pendulum. Some considerations lead us to a ...
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Experiment irreproducible because laws of physics change

In a comment to a recent question, "LHC: Irreproducible results: when/where else have we put so much trust in one test facility?", aandreev said "formally speaking, every experiment is irreproducible ...
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Losses in a laser diode

How do I convert loss/gain from units of /cm to /s? Intuitively, I would say multiply loss in /cm with the group velocity c/n, where n is the refractive index. Am I missing anything?
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Can a nuclear bomb be used as the power source for a laser beam

My previous post "Using nuclear bombs to detect near earth orbit objects" asked about using nuclear devices to detect Earth directed asteroids and low albedo comets. Now I want to explore a method of ...
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Using nuclear bombs to detect near earth orbit objects

This question is based on an article written some years ago by A. C. Clarke, in which he attempted to solve two problems with one solution. His idea was to remove the Earth's stockpile of nuclear ...
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Can the Unruh effect be confirmed by the LHC?

Two short questions regarding the Unruh effect. There are related answers on this forum and on wikipedia, but I am looking for confirmation of my own intuitive assumptions, so a straightfoward yes or ...
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Spectral Response of a photo-resistor (CdS) and phototransistor (Si)!

I am doing a report on an experiment I took and I have completed every section apart from this last bit. I am told to compare the spectral response of a CdS and Si. I am unable to construct a graph ...
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Evidence that nuclei contain neutrons and protons (other than nucleons appearing if a nucleus is smashed)?

This may seem like a silly question, but I believe this to be very fundamental because the Standard Model of particle physics seems based on the axiom or assumption that neutrons and protons exist ...
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Water Waves in the Wake of a Boat

As a boy I noticed that the waves from the wake of my model boat would fan out. If I looked at the end furthest from the boat the front had turned so that it was almost running in the same direction ...
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How is the the lower-limit of the proton lifetime measured experimentally?

Wikipedia says : Recent experiments at the Super-Kamiokande water Cherenkov radiation detector in Japan gave lower limits for proton half-life, at 90% confidence level, of 6.6×10^33 years via ...
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Has anyone tried Michelson-Morley in an accelerated frame?

After doing much more digging than I thought I had to do, I found out that the speed of light is NOT invariant in an accelerated reference frame. Has anyone done any experiments to confirm this? In ...
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What would happen to me if I was in the LHC while it was running? [duplicate]

This is possibly a stupid question, but one I have been always wondering. What would happen to me if I was in the center of the Large hadron Collider while it was running? Would the energy of the beam ...
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What is the spin of a magnetic impurity?

I am reading this seemingly important paper Local Magnetic Moment Associated with an Iron Atom Dissolved in Various Transition Metal Alloys. It is strange to me that the magnetic impurity has ...
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Double slit experiment

What's the simplest way to describe and show the double slit experiment? I have to perform an experiment proving how it all works in my physics class.
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Optimizing surface geometry for thermal radiation

I'm working on vacuum technology for a scientific project and one of the challenges is to optimize the cooling of 2500°C metals in vacuum. I'm wondering if it would be useful to design a grating on ...
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wormhole time machine and violation of uncertainty? [duplicate]

Let's asssume we have a wormhole that allows sending info to the past and receiving information from the future. Next, we have a particle moving in two dimensions, for which we can evaluate $ p_{y} $ ...
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What is the difference between a measurement and an experiment?

For example, say I want to determine the atomic structure of a bio molecule. I purify the molecule, get it to crystallize (probably though trial and error), shoot it with X-rays, observe the scatter ...
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Can water falling from a tap follow a spiral path?

The faucet design depicted below is driving me crazy. The water falling from the tap appears to follow a spiral path. No one seems to agree whether it is physically possible for the water to spin in ...
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Mathematical formula for hysteresis [closed]

For my final year project, I need to design a lab to generate a hysteresis loop. But I have no idea how to do it. Is there any mathematical function or any code or any article which would help me to ...
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ZnO nanorods synthesis

Could someone please let me know the steps to be used for sol-gel method synthesis of ZnO nanorod arrays using PVA as solvent and Zn acetate as precursor? I need vertical and uniformly aligned NR ...
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How do we get the power spectrum through the CMB?

How do we get the power spectrum through observing the CMB?
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Where does General Relativity (GR) fail experimentally? Experimental shortcomings of GR?

When speaking with researchers and professors at my physics department, I sometime catch this undertone in the conversation when speaking about GR: almost as if some are not entirely convinced about ...
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Is the intuition of “absolute simultaneity” necessarily wrong?

I read about Einstein’s theories of relativity with all the interesting stuff like time dilation, mass increase and whatnot. And also about the relativity or conventionality of simultaneity. The ...
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Sun spectroscopy - Home experiment

We let the sun light run through a 5x3x3cm triangular glass prism and we examined the formed 'rainbow' in search of Fraunhofer lines. However, even though we looked close enough (even with a ...
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Light speed measured by observing Jupiter moons [duplicate]

The famous discovery that the light has speed measures the times of the immersion and emergence of Io, one of Jupiter's moons. However, I still can't comprehend this. Even when the Earth is further ...
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How are energy states of photons reason for frequency independence in Compton scattering

I am reading on Compton scattering, more specifically on how Compton interpreted his results. He observed that the frequency of the scattered radiation was independent of the material used, so he ...
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Experiment of plume of smoke

If a burning candle is covered by a transparent glass, the flame extinguishes and a steady upward stream of smoke is produced. Which factors will infulence the figure and properties of the plume of ...
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What kinds of behavioural anomalies can a zero-field-cooled (ZFC) / field-cooled (FC) split indicate?

If a material shows a spiltting in the ZFC and FC curves, is it necessarily superparamagnetic, or could there be any other reason for the irreversibility? I have heard spin glasses also show ZFC-FC ...
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Why friction is not taken to be varying jointly as roughness of the object along with normal force?

Frictional resistance to the relative motion of two solid objects is usually proportional to the force which presses the surfaces together as well as the roughness of the surfaces. But when we talk ...
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If two bodies move opposite to each other when brought in contact, what is the direction of force of friction?

We know that when a body is at rest and other is dragged over it then a force is produced which opposes the motion and consequently its direction is negative to the force applied on body to produce ...