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Which is the smallest known particle that scientists have actually *seen with their eyes*? [closed]

Which is the smallest particle that has been actually seen by the scientists? When I say "actually seen", (may be using some ultra advanced microscope or any other man made eye, using any wavelength ...
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Experimentally Verifying a Clock's Accuracy

So recently one of my professors went off on a tangent, and we ended up discussing atomic clocks and how they work, which is something I've always been fascinated with and thoroughly enjoyed. But it ...
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Measuring a fluctuating quantity: Instrument error vs. uncertainty, or both?

Say I am measuring a quantity $x$ in physical system whose true value is approximately sinusoidal in time. I have an instrument to sample this quantity, for which the manufacturer gives an accuracy ...
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Is the interpretation of BICEP2 data being due to “graviational waves” concerning considering the negative results of the LIGO's experiments? [closed]

Gravitational waves are a yet unproven idea... The lack of positive results from LIGO indicates these are still theoretical constructs not yet supported by experimental data. Is not the explanation of ...
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Single mode fibers

Is it possible to focus white light into a single mode optical fiber? I thought no because in order to focus it should be a solution to the Helmholtz equation but I am not too sure about it. Also ...
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What are the problems in analyzing an experiment with non-ideal collisions? [closed]

For a two-dimensional collision experiment, I must explain in one of the questions the problems in analyzing a non-ideal two-dimensional collision. As the question states: Suppose that the ...
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Numerical aperture of a lens

Using a laser setup, I was asked to determine the aperture of a given lens and then use some geometrical arguments and compare the theoretical value from the manufacturer and the experimental value. ...
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What experiments compete with BICEP 2, and when are their results expected?

The recent results of the BICEP 2 experiment published on March 17th 2014, has generated a lot of media attention, with the general consensus being that "this is a major discovery" perhaps leading to ...
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Creating electricity from mains water pressure.

Could someone cleverer than me help me out? I had a crazy thought going through my head the other day and I can't lay my mind to rest until I get an answer. Q. How much energy could be produced by ...
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What was the major discovery on gravitational waves made March 17th, 2014, in the BICEP2 experiment?

The Harvard-Smithsonian Centre for Astrophysics held a press conference today to announce a major discovery relating to gravitational waves. What was their announcement, and what are the implications? ...
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Photoelectric effect: current vs wavelength

In an experiment where the type of metal,intensity of light and potential difference across a battery is kept constant at 2V the results show that an increase in wavelength, obviously in turn ...
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EPR paradox: instantaneous vs very fast?

An EPR quantum experiment can be explained by instantaneous collapse of the wave function regardless of the distance separating a pair of entangled particles. But do we have the certainty that the ...
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need data-point: count rate of APD (avalanche photo-diode) for specific aperture and stellar magnitude

I hope lab / experimental physics is fair game for this web-site. If not, sorry! I'm designing a sensor system to perform specialized [astronomy and space-sciences] experiments, and need a "reality ...
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Measurements for thermal diffusivity of graphene?

We have known for a long time that graphene has in-plane thermal conductivity ranging between 2000 and 4000 $W m^{-1} K^{-1}$. But in order to model heat transport on a sheet of graphene, we need more ...
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Why would a pendulum experiment give $g > 9.8\ \mathrm{m/s^2}$?

I am taking an introductory lab course in which we've done an experiment on the physical pendulum. We've seen that for small oscillations, the period is ...
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How organic impurities in the air affects laser?

We have a Nd YAG laser pumped Optical Parameter Oscillator in our lab. A technician came to our lab (my professor called him for its maintenance) and while he was working on it, he told me that ...
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Getting nonphysical results when solving for the index of refraction of a slab?

I'm trying to computationally find the refractive indices (real and imaginary) for a thin slab suspended in air (so the only indices to deal with are air and my material's). I've experimentally taken ...
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Electrons skip randomly around their orbits

I read where the electron (as well as a few other particles) skips around in its orbit randomly rather than move around the orbit smoothly. This effect has been repeatedly observed in the laboratory ...
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Experimental results regarding non-extensivity in small systems

From a statistical mechanics point of view, the extensivity of thermodynamics arises from the fact that we can neglect interaction terms in the Hamiltonian. This allows us to infer that when we put ...
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Quantum distance ladder

There is a lecture on how facts about the cosmos can be derived form rather simple observation. Is there an analogy for the small scale? Is there a technically simple observation that would imply, ...
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Cart on Ramp with Varying Acceleration

For a lab that I have to do, the teacher has given me a data table of the displacement of a cart on a ramp after successive intervals of time. I have used this data to derive the velocities and ...
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Fractional quantum number induced in a soliton profile

It has been known there is fractional quantum number induced in a soliton profile, such as this Jeffrey Goldstone and Frank Wilczek paper and many works of Jackiw. For example the electric charge ...
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Calculating Lyapunov exponents from a multi-dimensional experimental time series

Wolf's paper Determining Lyapunov Exponents from a Time Series states that: Experimental data typically consist of discrete measurements of a single observable. The well-known technique of phase ...
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Brewster angle and perpendicular component

Fresnel's equations give that at Brewster's angle, the parallel component of the incident light is zero. The reflected perpendicular component is not zero, though. We can "remove" this component using ...
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2nd - 3rd Year Physics Labs [closed]

I'm looking to propose a new physics laboratory experiment, does anyone have any particularly fond memories of an experiment they carried out whilst at University? I'd like to include a section that ...
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How would you go about finding the natural frequencies (resonance frequency) [closed]

How would you go about finding the natural frequencies of solid materials like wood (e.g., teak, pine), stone (e.g., marble, granite) liquid, etc?
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Reference frequency

In my experiment, I have to obtain a relation between magnetic field of a solenoid and the applied Vp-p. The setup is as follows. http://www.teachspin.com/instruments/faraday/ Does my choice of ...
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In how big percentage of gravity core does play role in?

If something would take whole core of earth and done this $(((coreearth)-(restofearth)):coreearth)*100=X$ What would X be? In short, which part of our planet ...
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Addition according to significant digits

I have been studying about significant digits and addition rules and I can't quite digest the rules of addition completely. It states that in the answer number of decimal places will be equal to the ...
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Experiment under ambient light

I performed the following experiment for Faraday rotation, Verdet constant etc. http://www.teachspin.com/instruments/faraday/ However, I have a concern. Does the external light actually affect ...
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Neutrino Nuclei Coherent scattering and the Dark Matter lower wall

Suppose that current and new forthcoming dark matter direct detection experiments find no evidence of Dark matter events and exclude interactions of hypothetical DM particles (like LSP or similar) in ...
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Change in Angular momentum of a spinning superball

I throw a superball towards the ground and when I do I intentional induce a spin on the ball so that the ball is spinning towards me on the descent. As soon as the ball hits the ground and comes back ...
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Plasma Treatment of LaAlO3: Surface Roughening

I'm trying to understand something I've observed in exposing LaAlO3 substrates to an oxygen plasma (yielding atomic oxygen). In literature, these substrates are frequently "cleaned" in a oxygen rich ...
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Different phase in capacitively coupled RLC circuits

I was trying to work with some data for a lab report I'm writing about capacitively coupled RLC circuits. The setup is pretty simple and looks like that: Where $C^{'}$ is the coupling capacitance. ...
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Measurement of speed of static electric field propagation?

Could one measure the time delay between charging up an electrode and measuring the static electric field at some distance? For example I've looked up the specifications of an Electric Field Meter ...
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Couder-Fort Oil Bath Experiments and Quantum Entanglement Phenomena

The oil bath experiments of Couder and Fort have been able to reproduce various "pilot wave like" quantum behavior on a macroscopic scale. Particularly striking is the fact that the double-slit ...
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Waveguides Transmission Mode Determination

How do I know if I have TE, TM, or TEM rectangular conductive waveguide? For instance, I am doing a lab where we want maximum magnetic field in the waveguide, does that mean we want the TE because ...
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Is cooling really exponential?

I did the following experiment: I took boiling water, put a thermomenter (from Vernier hooked up to a TInspire calculator) into it and pulled it out. Then we started measuring the temperature it read ...
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Why doesn't the water spill out?

In this experiment, a number of coins are put into a cup full of water, without spilling it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N2mKpZHnEzw Firstly, let me clarify one thing. If you fill up a cup ...
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Dead time in data acquisition

I am creating a data acquisition software, based on Sparrow's Kmax. There I would like to add a feature that will show the system's dead time. I have already a text field that shows the real time and ...
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Can unexposed PMMA be reused (successfully exposed) after development?

Can unexposed PMMA be reused (successfully exposed) after development? To clarify, PMMA is exposed using an electron beam in an SEM, and then the exposed areas are removed using a developer solution, ...
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objects distorted by the earths curvature

We are doing a project where we hope to make people think about the fact that the earth is round. We want to imagine if we in London could see others places in the world and how the earths curvature ...
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How to compensate ray displacement caused by refraction in glass slab

I need a nudge in the right direction, i guess (this is not a homework question). I want to calculate the total length of a ray from an emitter to a target which passes through a slab with known ...
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Does a muon detector on Earth's surface correctly measure the mean lifetime of a muon?

Just a simple question. Does a muon detector on Earth's surface correctly measure the mean lifetime of a muon? I would think the answer is no because most muons detected are created about 15 km above ...
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Can a value of “length, in meters” be attributed to a pair of ends which are rigid (but not at rest) to each other? [duplicate]

The definition of the SI base unit "metre" [1] doesn't seem to rule out explicitly that a certain value of "length, in meters" could be attributed to a pair of ends which are rigid to each other, but ...
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What jobs can you get in the field of physics? [duplicate]

What good, fun and reasonably well paid jobs can you get in the field of physics?
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How would one experimentally prove AdS/CFT correspondence?

What would be an experimental test of AdS/CFT correspondence? Or it's extensions? I've heard that people are studying AdS/CMT (condensed matter) correspondence, but I don't know the details of it? ...
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If two ends were a certain “length” apart were they therefore at rest (or at least rigid) to each other? [closed]

Considering the definition of the SI unit of "length" [1] and [2 (" method a.")] I'm missing any requirements about the two "ends" of the required "path travelled by light" being "at rest to each ...
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Alternative ways to take particle tracks photographs in a cloud chamber

I know that the most common type of particle tracks photography is in photographic plates, but i'm using a cloud chamber and I would like to know if there are alternative ways to take photographs of ...
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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 ...