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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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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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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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Selecting an epi-illuminated objective for optical microscopy

I am currently trying to improve my silicon microphotography. To provide context: this is what I get with a 10x epi plan objective¹: This is what I get with 40x epi plan objectve with NA=0.65: I ...
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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 ...
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How to control a dc motor? [on hold]

I am in 8th standard and I am doing a project on 3d printing pens. I want to know how to control a dc motor, so that when I press a button it should increase its speed gradually till it reaches its ...
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Textbook about the handiwork of a HEP analysis?

I'm wondering if there is a textbook that describes the handiwork of a particle physics analysis. There are a bunch of books about theory, about the experimental aspects like detectors, and about ...
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Cause for spikes in trinity bomb test

In Richard Rhodes' book, The Making of the Atomic Bomb, I was reading about the Trinity nuclear test. High speed photos were taken and this one is from <1ms after the detonation. The book mentions ...
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Why is an airplane propeller so different from a boat propeller in shape? [closed]

Examples: Airplane propeller Source:http://www.sensenich.com Boat propeller Source:http://www.nauticexpo.com It is obvious that the airplane propeller is drastically different from the boat ...
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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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publication ethics [closed]

What does it mean if somebody publishes the same concept of my paper with some changes without citing it although the paper has been published 5 years before his, and the concept was clearly first ...
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Gravitational waves: novel or confirmatory?

If the rumors are true and gravitational waves have been detected, would we learn any new fundamental physics from them? Or is this simply an important confirmation of a prediction of general ...
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Water Waves in the Wake of a Boat

As a boy I noticed that the waves from the wake of my model boat would fan out. If I looked at the end furthest from the boat the front had turned so that it was almost running in the same direction ...
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Using thin needle for object and thick needle for image

I have performed an experiment to determine the focal length of a concave mirror in my school lab. It consists of an optical bench with two needles, one as object and one image. We basically try to ...
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Why are mass flow rates found using Venturi meter and pitot tube different?

Regarding an experiment to find the mass flow rate of a fluid (air) using a venturi meter and a pitot tube: What could be the cause of a variance in results obtained using the 2 instruments mentioned? ...
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Experimental Hopf fibrations

Recently I read a paper where the authors experimentally constructed a Hopf fibration - that is, they created a quantum system where the nematic vector field of the system had a non-zero Hopf ...
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Has anyone experimentally shown the quantized thermal hall conductivity in Quantum Hall systems?

For background: In a $D=2+1$ state with edge modes described by a chiral $( c_L \neq c_R )$ CFT there is a predicted thermal Hall conductance associated with the gravitational anomaly at the edge. ...
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Quasi 1D insulators with strong spin-orbital interaction

We know that the spin-1 chain realizes the Haldane phase which is an example of symmetry protected topological (SPT) phases (ie short-range entangled phases with symmetry). The Haldane phase is ...
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How stellar aberration is measured?

A simple calculation shows that stellar aberration due orbital motion of earth is roughly 20 arcseconds. My questions are: Practically how this small value is measured? Does this value is in the ...
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Why does quantum mechanics produce different predictions for Bell test experiments than classical mechanics?

I understand that experimental results from Bell test experiments have shown that measured correlation is a cosine function of the angle between the detectors. What I am struggling to grasp is why ...
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Reference for solid state particle detector

I'm looking for a good introductory text on solid state devices for particle detection.
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Is it correct to calculate the propagation of error in this way? [closed]

I conducted an experiment and measured the values of $R$ and $H$ to calculate $v_i$. The equation used is: $$v_i=\sqrt{{gR^2}\over{2H}}$$. My average values ($v_i$ is calculated only for the average ...
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Can 1km diameter ball of water preserve it's integrity before hitting the ground falling from 10km altitude?

I still argue with my friend over some big ball of water (1km in diameter) that is being instantly created 10km over the surface of the earth in perfect sphere form. I stated, that as it hit the Earth ...
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Dark matter detection

In the detection of weakly interacting massive particles (WIMPs), which is the basis of dark matter, what is the use of the tank filled with liquid xenon? I mean, how does the releasing of photons ...
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Is there a tool to measure the chemical potential of a system?

Let's suppose I put you inside a room filled with a gas. You can measure its pressure directly with a barometer. You can measure its temperature directly with a thermometer. Can you measure its ...
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How can one confirm creation of magnetic graphene?

Recently my high school physics teacher contacted me looking for an expert to ask about this situation. I am paraphrasing his correspondence below: I just had a a student accidentally create ...
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Will an Electrical Engineering Minor give me a significant advantage in experimental physics? [closed]

I'm currently choosing courses to complete in my university degree (science) and thought completing some basic electrical engineering may be useful if I go into academic experimental physics research. ...
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Hafele-Keating revisited with a gravity clock

Most modern clocks use electromagnetic phenomena to measure time. There are perhaps some older clocks that involve gravity to some degree (hour glass, pendulum), but I believe they still have a ...
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Do metric theories with torsion contradict solar system observations?

Obviously, the answer to this question can be "maybe, if you make the torsion tensor small enough", but my question is, given some "typical" size to the torsion tensor, do the spin-orbit couplings ...
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How to measure Torsion and Non-metricity?

In General Relativity, we most often work with the Levi-Civita connection (metric and torsion-free). What kind of experiment can we make to be sure that our physical space-time indeed is torsion-free ...
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Upper limit to electric charge confinement?

The following questions are not intended for conventional capacitors (which stores excess charge on the outside surface), rather a type of hypothetical capacitor which is designed to confine charge by ...
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Wind resistance [closed]

You have a metal plate/sign (max weight $5\, \text{kg}$) $1200\, \text{mm}$ long and $400\, \text{mm}$ high pivot/hinge at its base. A windspeed of $90 - 100\, \text{km/h}$ is applied to one face of ...
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How to measure size of small particles of $mm$ level?

Is there any way to measure dimension of small particles (mm sized) such as rice grains accurately? I know there are techniques such as laser or x-ray diffraction, but the equipment needed are too ...
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Influence of acceleration in acoustic doppler's effect experiment

Recently I've done an acoustic doppler's effect experiment for physics lab assignment. The setup was two microphones in a straight line, movable object with sound source and a pc with the usual sound ...
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Magnetic flux density of a solenoidal electromagnet

I am designing an electromagnet which will be used to test magnetic sensors. So I used to formula found at hyperphysics which relates the magnetic field flux density to the number of turns, the ...
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Smallest measurable time increment

What is the smallest increment of time which can be measured using modern methods, and is not theoretical?
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Obtaining an angular distribution from the Klein-Nishina formula

I'm having trouble on how one might obtain an angular distribution from the Klein-Nishina formula for compton scattering of polarised photons, more specifically on how this report is obtaining it. ...
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Circularly Magnetized Neodymium Torus With Minimum Flux Leakage

I'd like to conduct some experiments related to Aharonov-Bohm. In particular, I'd like to investigate the irrotational vector potential gradient. A simple geometry for this is the major axis of a ...
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What will be the effect of placing a light source very close to a photodiode?

What will be the effect of placing a photodiode really close to a laser source and what should be the appropriate distance between a light source and photodiode to get maximum output current?
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Are oscillations of electron chirality experimentally observable?

Is there any plausible experiment by which chirality oscillations in electrons could be observed experimentally, such as through some analogy to neutrino oscillation experiments?
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magnetic field due to current carrying coils

In the Helmholtz configuration, why is the magnetic field between the two coils uniform (I know the mathematical expression)? Can anyone please explain this physically? When the distance between the ...
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Error calculation for experimental data

I have the list of experimental values: $$\{w_i \pm \Delta w_i\},$$ where $w_j$ is a mean value and $\Delta w_i$ is an error. I want to calculate the second list $\{a_i \pm \Delta a_i\}$ according to ...
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i have a thin film deposited on a glass substrate, when i measure trasmittance for it ,should i use a reference glass or air? and why

i have a thin film deposited on a glass substrate, when i measure trasmittance (T) for it ,should i use a reference glass or air? and why regarding these points: for bare glass T=88 % for thin film ...
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How would you build a small cyclotron (particle accelerator)? [closed]

I heard Michio Kaku built a small cyclotron when he was young. I bought a book called "Principles of charged particle acceleration" where it explains the basic functioning of particle accelerators. ...
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Under what circumstances is observing a superposition possible?

According to Ian Stewart's 2013 Symmetry: A Very Short Introduction (pp. 119-120), Experiment and theory suggest that superposed states should not be observable as such; only individual ...
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Accidental, unplanned breakthroughs in physics [closed]

There is possibly some idiom or saying like this, "If you try too hard for something, you will never get it. If you do not aim for something, it may fall on you accidentally, not as you originally ...
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Are the fast axes on Thorlabs quarter-waveplates mislabeled?

Some members of my lab are performing a polarization-sensitive experiment where they need to use a quarter-waveplate (QWP) with the fast axis in a specific direction. In the process of carefully ...
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How quark electric charge directly have been measured?

How quarks electric charge directly have been measured when quarks never directly observed in isolation? (Due to a phenomenon known as color confinement.)
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Status of experimental searches for tachyons?

Now that the dust has settled on the 2011 superluminal neutrino debacle at OPERA, I'm interested in understanding the current status of experimental searches for neutrinos. Although the OPERA claim ...
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Is it experimentally proven that photons travel at speed $c$ in vacuum?

Are there experiments which show that single photons (not classical em waves) travel exactly at $c$ in vacuum? What is the error bar in that case? The question is posed due to the fact that loop ...