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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 ...
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Such high mobility value for degrading structural properties

I have prepared Cu enriched ZnSe thin films with different concentrations of copper. The XRD and RAMAN results showed improvement in structural properties as the Cu content is increased up to 10%. ...
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Did Don Borghi's experiment show that neutrons can be synthesized purely from protons and electrons?

C. Borghi, C. Giori, and A. Dall'Olio published an article entitled "Experimental evidence of emission of neutrons from cold hydrogen plasma" appearing in Yad. Fiz. 56, 147-156 (July 1993) and Phys. ...
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Which g factor in an EPR spectra is the right one?

I was reading this introduction to EPR and it seems to imply both that there is a unique g-factor of a given compound, but also that we can calculate multiple g-factors for a compound. For example, ...
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How to derive time derivate of strain?

Data Time(s) Strain ----------------- 100 0.31 200 0.52 300 0.74 400 0.92 500 1.10 600 1.28 700 1.46 800 1.64 900 1.82 1000 2.00 I want to deduce ...
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How to find dielectric constants of ferroelectric materials experimentally?

What is the procedure to find out dielectric constant of barium titanate at different temperatures ?
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If any, what would be the ideal modulation frequency for a phase-sensitive light sensing experiment in a non-dark environment?

I have constructed some equipment for sensing a beam of light. The equipment is enclosed in a rudimentary darkbox to block out the majority of the ambient room lighting, but is still partially ...
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If a theory gets two predictions right, how likely it is that the rest of the predictions are true too? [closed]

The question lucidly defines what I am trying to inquire, so there is no need to elucidate it any further. Another question would be, General/Special Relativity has gotten some predictions right as ...
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How to demagnetize a magnet temporarily?

How to demagnetize a magnet temporarily? Is it possible making a permanent magnet demagnetize for a short span of time? Or at least long time but temporarily!
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Chemical composition and structure of Earth's inner layers?

How exactly do scientists determine the chemical composition and structure of Earth's inner layers, for example that the outercore is composed of liquid iron and nickel, and that the mantle is is ...
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Is there experimental evidence of time order inversion for spacelike events?

The title sums up the question. Given two events separated by a spacelike interval, say one takes place after the other in an inertial frame, then by a suitable boost we may invert the time order of ...
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X-ray pulse more powerful than national grid?

There is an article today in the BBC science section on the Linac Coherent Light Source, an X-ray laser in Palo Alto: http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-31483781. I don't trust the news with ...
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Why does ice become sticky the colder it gets? [duplicate]

I noticed that ice becomes stickier the colder it gets. I am reminded of the fool who stuck his tongue to a cold galvanized steel pole and got stuck to it. I am guessing that the pole was so cold that ...
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What is the limit of directly detecting a resonance?

Some resonances are extremely short-lived. With a lifetime of $10^{-23}$ seconds, they would travel just about the size of the proton ($10^{-15}$ m) even if they traveled at the speed of ...
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finetuned quantum experiments by Murch lab, do any have dynamics outside of basic QM formalism/ axioms?

a series of very finetuned quantum experiments have been reported by the Murch lab eg in 2 articles in Nature & analysis there,[1][2][3] some leading to dramatic accounts in the media.[4] do ...
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Evidence for electrodynamics in curved spacetime

Field theories in curved spacetime is usually formulated by integrating their Lagrangian over the curved spacetime. For example, for electrodynamics, we have the action $$ S = \int d^4x \left( ...
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Vortex-domain wall co-excitation

Both vortices (or disclinations) and domain walls are possible topological defects in a spin system with frustration, but I did't find reference about the interaction of these two. Do any stackers ...
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Options to correct rectangular laser beam profile?

We recently switched to a 405 nm laser diode which has a terrible beam profile -- it is a well-defined rectangle with an aspect ratio of about 10:1. The image below shows the collimated beam which ...
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Data Collection of oscillatory motion

I'd like to study nonlinear oscillatory motion this semester. I plan to build several different mechanical systems (pendula, masses on springs, etc with and without driving forces, large/ small drag, ...
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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 ...