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Electrostatics-Coulomb's Law

Coulomb's Law is an experimental result $$F=k_e\frac{q_1 q_2}{d}.$$ How did or What did Coulomb do to verify this law as it is applicable for point charges at rest and in reality charges won't be at ...
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Reflector Klystron and Isolator for ESR/EPR Experiment

I am doing a lab on ESR/EPR, and I would like to know how the reflector klystron operates. It is very old and the company who made our model does not exist anymore and there are no operation manuals. ...
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Microwaves and metal poles

I have an experimental setup like so: And if one looks closer at the lens, there are metal poles near the bottom of the lens (the extensions of the stands beyond the clamps) that are obstructing the ...
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Backward Time Flow?

Physicists say that time is moving foward because entropy always increases. But have physicists considered that we might be mistaken? Since there is no ultimate reference frame, it could be possible ...
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Why did it take a long time to discover top quark?

In high school physics, I learned that it took a long time before the top quark was discovered. One of the reasons that was given in my book was that the top quark has a large mass, much larger than ...
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What Causes the Noise Floor of Modern CCDs?

CCDs are getting pretty good these days, but all systems are subject to noise. A typical value for a CCD seems to be 20 electrons RMS per pixel. This article from qsimaging.com says CCD Read ...
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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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Simple Experimental Laser Characterization Parameters Ideas?

I have 2 months to do a project on characterization of a laser parameter. We have typical optics lab equipment (DFB Lasers, oscilloscopes, random number generator, etc.). I was told to choose a laser ...
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Problem with experiment results on drag force

I am trying to investigate the relationship between velocity and drag force of falling object in air. I used video analysis from logger pro to determine the displacement of the falling object at ...
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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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How to determine the order of indications of a clock?

Given the description of a clock $\mathcal A$, as (1) a set $A$ of all (more than 2) distinct indications of this clock, in no particular order (where the individual indications contained in set ...
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Does the Delayed Choice Quantum Eraser experiment prove consciousness causes collapse?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H6HLjpj4Nt4 This question comes from the video above. If you don't want to watch the video, I'll cut to the chase. Essentially, it claims the Delayed Choice Quantum ...
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Issue with running a Van De Graaff generator

I am following this online video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fsT69XnjxgU but my Van De Graaff generator is not working. I am using pvc pipes for the body, nylon and electrical tape as two rollers, ...
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Oil drop experiment and quantization of charge

How to systematically show that the resulting charges in oil drop experiment are integers multiplied by $e$ in other word how to extract $e$ from the data?
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does the rate of change of height varies for different fluids?

I decided to experiment for the rate of flow of liquids (like water, oil, acid, etc) from a burette. I decided to use Torricelli's law $v=\sqrt{2gh}$. When experimenting, the time taken for a viscous ...
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Did Penzias and Wilson need such a large horn antenna to discover the CMB?

Penzias and Wilson discovered the 2.7K Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB) Radiation using a 6 meter horn antenna, along with a cryogenic low-noise detector measuring at 4 GHz: ...
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Experimental methods for finding London penetration depth

I have been doing some readings on superconductivity and have come across the London penetration depth. I somewhat understand how it comes into play with the London equation and Ampère's law. Right ...
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Can we have light through out the house with out light being switched on for all the time?

Optical fibres are used to transmit light from one place to the other along curved path in a more effective manner. The optical fibres consist of thousands of strands of a very fine quality glass or ...
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Weighted average whenever a variance is 0? [closed]

So I have data for the number of times a certain event happens. Each column is a different event and each row is one trial. A sample of data would look like \begin{bmatrix} 1& 4& 7& ...
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Can we create invisible things?

We are able to see this beautiful world because of light. When light gets reflected from the object, the reflected light enters our eye retina and thus we are able see that particular object from ...
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Measuring background radiation

We tried to measure background radiation using a geiger counter for a experiment at school. The meter showed $0.12$-$0.21$ microSv/h during the day averaging at about $0.14$ mcSv/h. As we tried to ...
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How magnets create electricity in conductors?

what are the reasons for current appearing in a wire when wire is in a changing magnetic field?
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Do I understand measurement of dispersion relation in a solid correctly?

I'm currently doing an introduction to solid state physics course and have a quick question about measurement of the dispersion relation of phonons in a solid: The way I understood it is the ...
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Is there a way of measuring the spin along an arbitrary direction of a spin 1 particle?

I am familiar with the expression for spin 1/2 but haven't seen one for spin 1.
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Questions about MTW's _“thousand” tests of the Einstein principle_ (Box 16.4)

In Misner, Thorne, Wheeler (henceforth written as "MTW"), "Gravitation", Box 16.4, there's an experimental setup construction (or method) presented by which "Each geodesic clock is constructed and ...
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Quantum fluctuations in a classical domain?

"In the presence of chaos, even small fluctuations (including quantum fluctuations) can be amplified to produce large uncertainties in later behavior"(http://arxiv.org/pdf/gr-qc/9210010v2.pdf) Is there ...
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How do you measure proton's spin? [duplicate]

I've probably read it somewhere in Sakurai but I cannot recall it at the moment. So how does one really measure the proton's spin? I mean the proton's spin and not its constituents. Do you measure ...
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Elemental sensitivity factors for Auger electrons

Is there any open database of elemental sensitivity factors for Auger electrons? I'm trying to figure out graphite oxidation degree from AES spectra, so relative sensitivity of O to C is required. ...
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Are there any Meson colliders?

There are no stable mesons as far as I know. Are there any meson-colliders analogous to for example proton-proton colliders?
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How do I calculate the experimental uncertainty in a function of two measured quantities

I am performing an experiment where I'm measuring two variables, say $x$ and $y$, but I'm actually interested in a third variable which I calculate from those two, $$z=f(x,y).$$ In my experiment, of ...
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Evidences against Supersymmetry [closed]

Recently, some experiments show that the supersymmetry is not realised by Nature according to the simple models that we currently have. Nevertheless, it is far from saying that the "game is over" as ...
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Physically implementing quantum measurement of energy

If there were a particle in a box, how could one measure its energy? I understand the theory behind quantum measurements: the Hamiltonian operator represents the energy observable, so you perform an ...
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How can I determine a gas partial pressure knowing the flow?

I have a vacuum chamber with a pressure 10-8 Torr. Then I open an Oxygen valve with a set flow of 2 sccm from a tank with a pressure of 2 bars. The pressure in the chamber decreases to 10-2 Torr. What ...
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Exorbitant number of counts per sec. in the Rutherford Experiment

May someone kindly advise on the Rutherford experiment? I have created a Gaussian of dP$_0$/$\Delta$$\theta$($\theta$), where P$_0$ is the number of counts of alpha particles through a 1.05X19.86 mm ...
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Is Galilei's reasoning on free fall valid?

Galileo Galilei discovered by experiments that all bodies tend to fall with the same rapidity (I use it in an intuitive sense, you can replace it by 'acceleration' used in today's physics language), ...
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Can we make rigid floating helium spheres?

Is there any material that we can make rigid floating helium spheres out of without it collapsing? I have been playing with surface area and volume formulas and with a bit of trial and error have ...
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References on the LHC experiments

I'm looking for a references / short book which discusses what is going on LHC collider - specific experiments, collision processes, analysis of data, how exactly the facility is operating (not ...
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Rutherford Experiment - practical and theoretical questions

I performed the Rutherford experiment the other day, using Au thin foil of $2\,\mathrm{\mu{}m}$, a source/gun of α particles (241Am) and a detector/counter. α particles were shot from the source ...
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Can a broken light filter shift the wavelength of light exiting it?

I've measured the wavelength of light emitted from a red Helium–Neon laser passing through a red intensity filter (indirectly, by fitting a function to a single slit diffraction pattern, then forcing ...
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Measure mass difference of an object without a scale

For a project i need to separate items based on their mass in real time. I like to explore measuring weight of an object (round metal ball) by taking photographs (several) during free fall and ...
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Is the Earth negatively or positively charged?

The Earth carries a negative electric charge of roughly 500 thousand Coulombs. Does that mean the Earth is negatively charged?
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Conductive glue

I would like to use some conductive glue to contact a silicon chip's back gate. Any suggestions on what to use? Can I use thermal silver paste? I would be operating at cryogenic temperatures below 4K. ...
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Motion in a Paul trap: $2n$th harmonic with larger amplitude than $n$th harmonic

Using a Paul trap, we captured the motion of a light charged particle (based on a rotating potential applied by AC current). Our rotational frequency was 50 Hz, and so when used FFT on the data, we ...
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Is it possible to use the parabolic shape of a rotating fluid to measure the angular frequency of the rotation of the Earth?

A fluid in a rotating bucket will take on a parabolic shape (for example of some simple derivations of this result see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bucket_argument). The assumptions that play into the ...
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Observations in the cathode ray tube experiement

1.One of the observations I learned was that the glass tube begins to glow with a brilliant green light. Many websites I read through refer to a fluorescent material. However, as shown in the above ...
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LHC Experiments for finding parallel universes?

I watched this video featuring Michio Kaku explaining parallel universes. In the last two minutes he said that experiments in the LHC could reveal that there might be parallel universes and then he ...
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If time isn't continuous, what is the best-known upper bound on the length of time intervals?

There have been several questions about whether time is continuous or not and it seems like the answer isn't currently known. I know quantum mechanics treats time as continuous and any mathematics ...
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How to determine what an object is composed of?

Heads up: This question has never been asked (here) before the way I will ask it here, so let's shed some light on it a bit. Prelude and anecdote(can be skipped): The other day I was walking home, ...
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How long does it take to scan a typical scanning electron microscope image?

I suppose the answer depends on resolution and imaging area, but can you provide some ball park measures of imaging times with an SEM?
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Why are roofs blown away by wind?

Whenever there are high winds, such as in storms, thin metal roofs on sheds as well as concave roofs on huts are sometimes blown away. One explanation provided to me said that the higher velocity of ...