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How to find the error of all the counts within the Full Width Half Maximum (FWHM)?

We've been doing Gamma ray spectroscopy and have peaks from various sources. We'd use Poisson statistics, but obviously the detector doesn't have a resolution of zero, thus we are summing the counts ...
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How can LIGO's measures be unequivocaly tied to gravitational waves? [duplicate]

I understand that there are 2 devices so that the signal cannot have a local stimulation as a source. But why couldn't it be seismic activity for instance? Given the accuracy of the devices couldn't ...
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LIGO detection statistic, SNR formula

According to B. P. Abbott paper published in Physical Review Letters, "Observation of Gravitational Waves from a Binary Black Hole Merger" http://journals.aps.org/prl/abstract/10.1103/PhysRevLett....
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What is the meaning of the minimum separation requirement?

In this work, BHsearch done by CMS, they reconstructed and identified objects using certain conditions. And finally, in Page 3, the last paragraph requires that the minimum separation between any two ...
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How to determine if a superconductor is type I or II?

What experimental measurements are available to determine whether a superconducting single crystal/polycrystalline sample is type I or II? I.e. BCS vs non-BCS? An answer would mention the ...
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Blue hues in Aluminum mirror

[][] When depositing Aluminium sometimes I end up with a bluish hue to my film especially when changing angle of view. I use a very high rate of deposition and low temperature. What would cause this?
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Ideas for experiments on the Beamline for Schools at CERN? [closed]

I'm thinking of participating in CERN's Beamline for schools competition. To those who do not know, they offer a batch from a school to conduct their own experiment on a small scale particle ...
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Can you simulate a Michelson-Morley experiment with sound?

Is it possible to make a MME with sound waves? Suppose we travel on a rail platform with two "mirrors" that reflect sound, what parameters would we need to simulate the light experiment? would it work ...
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SPDC and single photon production

In Spatial Parametric Down Conversion, incoming photons are split into entangled photon pairs by passing through a non-linear optical medium. Since I get a photon pair as an output then how can I say ...
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Generating Single photons

How can single photons be generated by making a coherent state weaker by attenuating it?(For reference please see, Quantum Computation and Quantum Information by Nielsen and Chuang, 10th edition,pg....
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Is Machine Learning a useful tool for analyzing experimental data? [closed]

Apart from being a student of Physics I'm also a developer and recently in the context of cloud development I've been hearing a lot about cloud based Machine Learning. After looking at some examples ...
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What is the highest upper limit on resistance of superconducting phase?

What is the highest precision achieved in the measure of the upper limit of the resistance of the superconducting phase (for any superconductor)?
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Please recommend a book about experimental instrumentation strategy

Some particular large scientific instruments prosper, reach their goals and develop over decades, while others doen't. The latter aren't experiments with negative results, but experiments with no ...
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Why does one use different materials for cathode and anode in the photoelectric effect experiment

All photoeletric lab experiments I have seen so far have a setup where you have different materials for cathode and anode. However this raises some experimental difficulties since you have to take ...
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Cloud chamber and observations [closed]

What are the best ways to use a cloud chamber to study particles. What would you gain from observations done in a cloud chamber.
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Measuring speed of sound in a solid specimen

Let's say I have real-life specimens of isotropic solid materials I want to investigate some properties of. Through my setup I'm able to send mechanical wave pulses into one cylindrical bar of the ...
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Does LIGO GW detection methodologically constitute discovery of two specific black holes (as astronomical objects)? [duplicate]

It is said that the gravitational waves (GW), recently detected by LIGO, correspond (according to Einstein General Relativity theory equations) to the effect of two black holes merging (with the ...
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Why does natural counting with a gamma spectrometer differ from Neutron activation analysis?

As stated in the title, why are the data from natural counting using s gamma spectrometer different than the data from neutron activation analysis using the same samples?
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Good books to read [duplicate]

I still regard myself as a beginner in the field of physics.. And there are a lot of information I should know, I am in my second year physics, and I need to read books which are not hard to ...
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What is the Best Electron Tube for creating X-Rays?

This is a question of Experimental Physics. I have seen that you can create X-Rays with a High Voltage Circuit using Electron Tubes. http://www.dangerouslaboratories.org/xray1.html. My question is, ...
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Problem with denoising BICEP2 data?

This question pertains to this article which talks about why the BICEP2 measurements of B-mode polarization in Cosmic microwave background radiation turned out to be noise from galactic stardust. They ...
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How does LIGO remove the effects of environmental noise?

Since LIGO is dealing with readings at nanometers, events such as vehicles driving nearby, and constant (but extremely minor) tremors of the earth can cause movement with the mirrors at nanometers. ...
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Practicality of measuring observables

In quantum mechanics Hermitian operators acting on the Hilbert space of a system are observables. From what I understand this means that there is some measurement we can do such that the eigenvalues ...
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Extending the reach of a crocodile clip for Kelvin Water Dropper experiment

We're doing a physics project that involves a version of the Kelvin Water dropper experiment. Everything is working great, and we have the following system: In the image: two plastic containers (...
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Do the LIGO observations constitute proof of a black hole merger, and what happened to the black holes?

Information says that the gravitational waves, recently detected by LIGO, correspond (according to Einstein theory equations) to the effect of two black holes merging (with the masses of both black ...
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How are LIGO mirrors cooled?

The recent LIGO announcement Observation of Gravitational Waves from a Binary Black Hole Merger has some technical details about LIGO. For example, LIGO is a modified Michelson interferometer. The ...
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What are the wave characteristics for the detected gravitational wave?

I'm curious to know what the amplitude and wavelength of the detected gravitational waves are? The paper mentions some characteristics of the detection event, but not what that means for the wave ...
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How are the 4 km arms of LIGO measured so accurately?

The arms of the LIGO interferometer are 4 km long. Now, LIGO functions by measuring phase difference between two beams of light comming (as in Michaelson's Interferometer) to a sensitivity of $10^{-18}...
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How thermal noise is avoided in LIGO?

I think I have understood properly the principle of LIGO, however the sensitivity is around $10^{-18}~\rm m$ of accuracy of distortion. That looks pretty small... just starting with simpler phenomena, ...
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How does LIGO reduce noise below what it is detecting? [duplicate]

LIGO is designed to detect changes in length on the order of 10,000ths the scale of a proton. I know they are extremely well isolated from their surroundings, but how could we even approach isolation ...
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G4v Gravitational Wave vs General Relativity vs LIGO Observation

CalTech emeritus professor Carver Mead produced an alternative prediction, to General Relativity, for gravitation wave observation which he published last year in anticipation of LIGO observations. ...
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How does LIGO account for curvature of Earth?

Using an earth curvature calculator, I found that at a distance of 4 km (the length of LIGO's arms), more 1.26 m is hidden by the horizon. When constructing LIGO, did they account for the curvature of ...
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Simulating open water acoustics in a tube

For the purpose of testing an underwater acoustic transmission it is possible to use a tube filled with water with a transducer at one end and a hydrophone at the other. The problem is that sound will ...
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How to prove this material derivative formula rigoriously with experiment or prove it without the chain rule? [closed]

How to prove this rigoriously by experiment or prove it with other mechanics law but without the chain rule? This is coming from reddy's introduction to continuum mechanics. Also please explain ...
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Could the universe really be expanding at a constant rate? [closed]

I was just thinking, sorry if this idea is idiotic, but since we know galaxies move away from each other at an accelerating rate, could this be due to a weakening gravitational force between galaxies? ...
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What is the proof of gravity being curvature of spacetime?

According to general relativity gravity is an illusion caused by curvature of space-time, rather than real force. As I understand there is overwhelming experimental evidence to support general ...
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How do large interferometers work?

In very large Michelson interferometer a such as LIGO, how can we keep the two light paths at the exact same distance in order to avoid any unwanted and noisy fringes shift? When I used to make ...
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How strong were the gravitational waves that LIGO detected at the source?

Congrats to the LIGO team on the announcement of their discovery of gravity waves! The articles I've read say that the distortion we see here is much smaller than a proton. What about at the source? ...
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Why is the detection of gravitational waves so significant?

LIGO has announced the detection of gravitational waves on 11 Feb, 2016. I was wondering why the detection of gravitational waves was so significant? I know it is another confirmation of general ...
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How do they find the energy of a photon?

Is the actual energy of a photon ever measured? How is it done? I read that a photon is usually identified by diffraction, that means its wavelength is measured, is that right? In this way we ...
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Wave optics physics

When does monochromatic beam of light incident on a reflective surface get completely transmitted.according to the question what exactly the word transmitted means? I'm little bit confused .could you ...
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What do I need to calculate UV intensity?

I have a mineralogical UV lamp that I want to use for some research, I only know it's wavelengths. To calculate the µJ/cm3, what else is needed? Distance, time, wattage? Is the value I'm looking for, ...
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photometric redshifts - the origin of 1 / (1+ zspec) in photometric accuracy

i have a training sample of sources with known spectroscopic redshifts ($z_{\rm spec}$) and i run a photometric fitting code that uses a template to determine the photometric redshifts ($z_{\rm phot}$)...
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Evidence for quantum gravity from gravitational waves

The rumor spreads that physicists will make their big gravitational wave announcement this thursday. I am far from being an experimentalist, but I want to know if there is any chance that the ...
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Open Source Particle Tracing Software

I am fairly new to this forum. I am designing an ionospheric plasma testing environment in a thermal vacuum chamber and to do so I require some form of multi-physics package for simulations .. such as ...
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Why did James Chadwick use berryllium to discover neutrons?

In Rutherford's alpha particle scattering experiment he used gold foil because it's malleable and can be drawn into very thin sheet. Why did James Chadwick use Berryllium while discovering neutrons ...
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How to arrange a 3d cymatics experiment?

Various researchers have filmed levitating polystyrene using sound waves. If i were to take 3 speakers and attempt to visualize the standing wave fields formed by the three speakers, how would i do ...
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Single slit diffraction - choosing a wavelength?

For the classic experiment of determining the slit width of a single slit. If we assume the rough order of magnitude of the width is known. What factors determine the choice of wavelength? (Clearly ...
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Is the video “How to Reveal Subatomic Particles at Home”'s explanation of its experiment misleading?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wN_DMMQEhfQ The video asserts that along the path of an electron or muon, a trail of condensation will appear. But from what I understand, if an electron or muon (both ...