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At what point do researchers in physics make the leap from wild theoretical ideas to physical experiments? [closed]

Dark Matter, on the surface, appears to be a wild idea... Some invisible thing that we can't see that controls the movement of most of the universe. Yet, we are searching for it. Why? What evidence ...
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Research papers readable by first years? [closed]

This coming Spring I'll be running a Mechanics I lab for freshman (as a teaching assistant) and I'll have some say as to the way I do it. So I was thinking it would be nice if I could find some ...
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how to completely remove the charge from the glass bubble particles?

Do you have any idea on how to completely remove the charge from the glass bubble particles (25-32 micrometer diameter)? Thanks
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Can LIGO measure anything?

LIGO, Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory, is a large-scale physics experiment aiming to directly detect gravitational waves. The device measures the phase shift laser beams. If I ...
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Ways to measure the focal length of a convex lens with only natural sun light [closed]

What are the common ways to measure the focal length of a convex lens with only natural sun light?
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How to measure the permittivity of a gas sensor? [closed]

I looking for a simple method to measure the permittivity of a gas sensor silicone.
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Experimentally, what categorizes a measurement as corresponding to a certain observable?

I want to write a computer program. The input to the program is: A description of an experimental device (for instance a Stern-Gerlach apparatus, or a laser and a polarizer) What the experimenter ...
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Hydrogen spectrum intensity using a monochromator

Using a monochromator (350->800 nm) and a hydrogen gas lamp, I find this spectrum : We can see 3->2, 4->2, 5->2 transitions from Balmer series, but not 6->2 (which we should expect at 410 nm). As ...
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Weighted mean from data [closed]

Suppose we have 3 experimental groups measuring "x", they measure $$x_1=\mu_1\pm \sigma_1$$ $$x_2=\mu_2\pm \sigma_2$$ $$x_3=\mu_3\pm \sigma_3$$ In the 3 experiments, we have done N measurements of ...
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Why is the relationship between velocity and radius curved, in circular motion?

We are supposed to graph velocity squared against period. My instructor specifically said: The gradient of this graph is acceleration and We should observe a trend of decreasing orbital velocities ...
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Emission and absorption of photons by electrons [closed]

Two questions occur at a critical review of the two famous experiments devised by Millikan in 1914, respectively Duane, Hunt and others in 1917-1920, which confirmed the action constant calculated by ...
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Air Cylinder to drive Pneumatic Pump

I am required to drive a pneumatic chemical injection pump using Compressed Air in Cylinders. The pump requires a supply pressure of 80 psi to effectively ensure. We do not have a flow meter to ...
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How are the components of the spin vector defined?

How do we distinguish between the $x$, $y$ and $z$ spin components? More precisely: how do we define the $z$ component? (according to what, it is the $z$?) for measuring the $x$ component how ...
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What is the error in a ruler?

I'm having trouble understanding simple error analysis of a ruler. Suppose we have this ruler. There is a mark for every centimeter. The precision is half a centimeter. This should mean that the ...
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How to entangle two particles? [duplicate]

After learning about quantum entanglement I wanted to know, what is the simplest way to entangle two particles in a lab?
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Gravity is curved geometry: A fact of nature or model-dependent interpretation?

We are regularly taught in high-schools and universities that, according to General Relativity (GR), gravity is nothing but a manifestation of space-time curvature (which, in its turn, is caused by ...
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Books on experimental methods, fluid mechanics related

I need some good books on experimental methods, requirements are: Fluid mechanics related; Thermal, multi-phase etc. topics should be covered; Traditional methods are good, but it would be greater ...
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What is the general definition of signal acceptance?

Suppose I have a beyond Standard Model theory and want to test it. I want to test if some experiments, say conduced in LHC, show signals of the theory. In this case, what is "signal acceptance"?
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An experiment in quantum theory involving a metal ring

I'm trying to remember the name of an experiment that I saw on YaleCourses in a lecture by Professor Shankar. My recollection is that something was sent around a closed metal ring. The fact that the ...
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Definition Of Dark Current In PhotoDetectors

What is The Definition of Dark Current In PhotoDetectore. How Can I Eliminate This Effect. I Think When Electrons Near The Conduction Band Are Excited Into It By Thermal Effect Then Dark Current Is ...
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How did Rutherford's gold foil disprove the plum pudding model?

What stops one of the two following scenarios from happening, consistent with the plum pudding model? The $\alpha$ particle, attracted by the electrons on the outer shell of the pudding, orbits ...
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Experiment Equipment Supplier (for use in the Classroom & at Home) [closed]

Does anyone know of an online store that sells equipment specifically designed for carrying out demos in the classroom or at home? I'm helping out a student taking college physics and chemistry. These ...
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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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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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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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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 about it. I have a miniature light dependent resistor (LDR) hooked to a multimeter set to $\Omega $ and a $25\,\mathrm W$ Light ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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What is the smallest length scale ever measured?

And, by the way, what is, or are, the measured values?
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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...