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Forgotten word meaning susceptability to direction

A little over a year ago, I encountered a descriptive word with respect to experimental physics, describing the phenomenon in which calibrating an instrument from one direction will yield a different ...
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How to make sure that two electrons collide head to head?

In high energy experiments, people smash particles into particles. But how to make sure that they really run into each other, instead of just passing by?
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Why do you not get burned when you move your finger (quickly) over a candle flame?

When we move a finger quickly over/through a candle flame, why doesn't it get burned? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fire
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How to experimentally reconstruct Maxwell's equations from scratch

What are the minimal experiments would one need to perform in order to reconstruct Maxwell's equations from scratch, assuming even the concepts of $\vec E$ and $\vec B$ are unknown? While I'm not ...
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Switching a PMT from PC-mode to DC-mode: What happens?

I was wondering a bit how it is possible to switch a photo multiplier tube from the photon counting mode to the DC (I assume direct current)-mode. If I simply add a high voltage (as usual), I get the ...
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Work function definition

As in this post How would I calculate the work function of a metal, the definition is given by "the minimum thermodynamic work (i.e. energy) needed to remove an electron from a solid to a point in the ...
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Calculation of water bulk modulus using equation of state

I simply want to calculate the bulk modulus of water at 50C and increasing pressures. I think I am correctly calculating the new specific volume from the original conditions at (25C and 1atm) to 50C ...
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What could cause the gradual loss (or change) of power in a CO2 laser over a long period (e.g. a year)?

For example, if it were a 10W CW CO2 laser that were used for ~45 minutes per day over a period of a year. Would you expect a slight reduction in power with age? Does the dissociation of CO2 occur ...
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Distribution and detection of dark matter

I feel in the dark (no pun intended :), I'm sure most of you are familiar with this image I pulled from wikipedia: The caption reads: "3D map of the large-scale distribution of dark matter, ...
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How did Kepler formulate his second law from data?

It's amazing that Kepler derived his three laws emperically and then Newton rederived them from his own laws of motion. Its conceivable how Kepler derived the first and third laws, but the second law? ...
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What are the methods of experimentally measuring the observables in quantum mechanics?

Perhaps due to the limited number of textbooks on quantum mechanics I have consulted, I have seen presented the fundamental principles related to observables, but have never seen a somewhat systematic ...
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Theoretical uncertainty of a circuit's total resistance when made entirely of resistors

My question in short(ish) is: Will the fractional uncertainty of a circuit made entirely of resistors with equal fractional uncertainties be the same as the fractional uncertainty of those resistors. ...
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Errorbars for data series with variable number of points and several layers of uncertainty

I'm making a 2D plot of my microwave S Parameter data and want to represent the error bars correctly. Experimental Context: I measure S21, (Vout/Vin), as a function of frequency and drive power with ...
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Why does the surface structure of a metal make it hydrophobic?

I was just reading this article from phys.org describing water-repellant surfaces. However the article doesn't go into enough details of explaining why a particular structure repels the water. Can ...
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How do you measure wavelength/frequency of light

I'm sure this is a trivial question for someone who knows something about electromagnetic radiation, but: how do experimenters measure the wavelength/frequency of light? For example, how do we know ...
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Evidence that stationary masses in space actually attract each other

I'm finding it rather difficult to find experimental evidence that two stationary masses in space (unaffected by external massive bodies or gravities) actually attract one another. For moving masses, ...
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What does 'channel' mean?

I see many plots like the following that graph counts per channel, I know what a 'count' is, but I don't know what a 'channel' is. Could somebody please explain to me? My guess is that it is that ...
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Born-like measuring rule in classical experiments

this 2011 paper "Born's rule from measurements of classical signals by threshold detectors which are properly calibrated" by Khrennikov investigates the theoretical possibility of Born-like ...
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Examples of (classical) measurements that are not independent?

What are some simple examples of measurements that are not statistically independent, i.e. with nonzero covariance? I'm looking for real examples that might reasonably come up in an undergraduate ...
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What material could be used to study magnetic phase transitions in a college laboratory exercise?

I am working to develop a simple laboratory exercise in solid state physics to be conducted by fourth year students of physics. The idea of the exercise is for the student to get some experience in ...
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What experiments of a high school standard are there to investigate the magnetoelastic effect?

I've ended up investigating the reverse magnetostrictive effect for coursework, which is 30% of my grade this year. I started by hitting a magnet with a hammer (on the recommendation of my teacher) , ...
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Insulation for magnetic fields [duplicate]

How can I insulate conductors independently one off the other, where they pass through a magnetic field? Are there a techniques or alloys? There is a issue how to insulate copper wire where current ...
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Should gravitational waves be discovered already?

Gravitational waves are not discovered directly (yet). But does this have any consequences? Should we suspect out theories are wrong or not yet? I found some data about gravitational waves suspected ...
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How to distinguish Shake-Up Satellites from Plasmons?

I am studying XPS spectra (X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy) at the moment. In XPS, different processes can influence the final state energy of detected electrons. One of these processes is the ...
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Has $E=mc^2$ been experimentally verified for macroscopic objects with potential energy?

In relation to this question: What is potential energy truly?, I'm wondering if $E=mc^2$ has been experimentally verified to hold true for macroscopic objects with increased potential energy? I'm ...
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Help Interpreting Ultraviolet Photoelectron Spectroscopy (UPS) data

I was given a batch of UPS data without any background other than the materials examined and I don't have any experiencing interpreting it. I wanted to reach out to some experts (hopefully, someone ...
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Photon yield of NaI

We have to calculate the photon yield of the scintillator NaI. We have measured his pulse height spectrum but we have no idea how to solve this problem. Can someone explain it? The source that we used ...
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Measuring depth or height from sea level

How is the depth or height relative to sea level measured? Well, if it's near the ocean, it can be easily measured manually, but what if it is 100 km away from the sea? What method is used?
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will my duraflex seams melt over a fire

Good day ladies and gentlemen, i do realize it may seem like a welding question but i assure you it is physics related. i have built a non pressurized boiler that contains water to be used over an ...
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Determining the behavior of the transference function as $\omega\to 0$ or $\omega\to\infty$

I'm studying experimental Physics and one of the experiments I must understand is about electronics concerning filters. Considering one RLC filter, measuring the output at the resistor we have the ...
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Static Friction on Windmill?

If I know the wind speed applied to the windmill, and the time it takes to start moving, is there any way to calculate the static friction?? Also is there any way to calculate the force of the wind? ...
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Summing up independent mass measurements to recover $Z$ boson mass

I am trying to calculate the $Z$ boson mass from a list of $\mu^+\mu^-$ data (momentum). We have been asked to make five blocks of data from the total amount of 10k. Then calculate the mass via ...
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faraday's rotation for revealing hidden text

I'm trying to come up with a twist on the known faraday's rotation experiment involving a laser projecting into a polarizer. the polarized light then passes in a selenoid containing a glass rod. the ...
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Tunable Optical Band Pass Filter

Is there any cheap method by which to create tune-able optical band pass filter? I am working with a chemical process which will fluoresce when excited by a specific wavelength of light. As shown in ...
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Can high osmotic in nerve, intracellular concentration, lead to 'pumping up' nerve cells, strongly increase internal pressure, myelin sheath broken?

On: http://biology.stackexchange.com/questions/6916/can-in-the-case-of-multiple-sclerosis-ms-a-too-high-osmotic-pressure-in-the-n I read a question: Can in the case of multiple sclerosis (MS), ...
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What are the preferred height and diameter proportions for a rocket model?

I'm pretty sure, that if you make a rocket that's relatively small in height compared to diameter, it will most likely not fly very high and probably spin out of control. What about a rocket that is ...
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Measurement of cross section

When we measure the cross section of an interaction what is it that we actually measure in a real experiment? I know what cross section is and how to derive an expression for a given process but I ...
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Why are mass flow rates found using Venturi meter and pitot tube different?

Regarding an experiment to find the mass flow rate of a fluid (air) using a venturi meter and a pitot tube: What could be the cause of a variance in results obtained using the 2 instruments mentioned? ...
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Model Selection in Physics [closed]

My high-level understanding of the scientific method is that it can be summarized in the following steps, in no particular order: Make conjectures & hypotheses (theory) Make predictions ...
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What has been observed as the “Hawking radiation” emitted by a black hole analog?

I've noticed this paper which explains that they have observed the "Hawking radiation" emitted by a black hole analog. In which sense the Bose-Einstein condensate described by the paper can be ...
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Microtops sunphotometer sun target optics

For atmospheric radiation observations, a portable piece of equipment such as the Microtops sunphotometer (pictured below) is useful. Image source: Solar Light However, while I can borrow this ...
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How are specific volumes accurately measured experimentally?

In every thermodynamics textbook there are tables containing the specific volume of various fluids at different temperatures and pressures. My question is, how is this data obtained experimentally? ...
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Nuclear spin relaxation, quasi-particle energy and spin spectral density

Below is a measurement of the longitudinal nuclear spin relaxation ($1/T_1$). Ref: Fig 4 of page 24 Competing ground states in low dimensions. My question concerns the statement in this Ref that: ...
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Possibility of making an experiment in a classroom to simulate DNA diffraction

I am a TA in a structural chemistry class. The professor want me to show students how Watson and Crick determined the structure of DNA from X-ray diffraction results of DNA crystals. The professor ...
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How do we know that time dilation applies to objects other than light?

Here is a traditional derivation of time dilation: There's a train with a lamp in the ceiling, moving at velocity v with respect to an observer. In the frame of the observer, the path taken by the ...
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How are positrons produced? [closed]

What are the methods of positron production? Please don't use mathematical formulas in the explanation.
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Weight of empty versus inflated balloon [duplicate]

Will the weight of a balloon filled with air be less than, greater than or the same as the same balloon after it has been deflated?
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The status of the BICEP2 'discovery' after Planck 2014

The tumultous period after the original announcement that the BICEP2 experiment had supposedly detected strong evidence of cosmological inflation in the form of B-mode polarization in the cosmic ...
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The use of Artificial Intelligence in physics resarch

I have been reading about a machine that observed a double pendulum and created equations that both described its motion and associated conservation laws. The authors claims: We have developed a ...
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What is the most compelling evidence of General Relativity in the presence of matter and energy?

The most oft-cited triumphs of GR are things such as the shifting perihelion of Mercury, gravitational redshift experiments, and gravitational lensing. But, as far as I know, these are only ...