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Wavelength of light too long to measure electron position in double-slit experiment?

I'm a mathematician, so I am not familiar with experimental physics. I am watching MIT course on Quantum Mechanics, and they describe the two-slit experiment with electrons passing through the slits. ...
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Detecting absolute motion inside a box

This is not a contradiction and I know it is impossible but still consider a thought experiment by me and point out if something is wrong. See the following picture and then the explanation follows. ...
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How to emulate 40ft (12 m) of water? [on hold]

I am part of an underwater robotics team, and our next year's challenge requires us to compete at a depth of 40ft. We don't have any pools nearby to test in, so I want to emulate this 40ft of pressure ...
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Is there any evidence against the Cosmological Principle?

I have been slowly getting more into math, but haven't gone into differential geometry or anything like that yet, so this question might be basic. Trying to get a deeper understanding of the ...
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I want to test a tunable optical filter that can quickly change from being a red light filter to being a blue light filter [on hold]

I want to test a tunable optical filter that can quickly change from being a red light filter to being a blue light filter. For this purpose, I am wondering about photonic crystal tunable optical ...
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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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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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What is supposed to be used as $m$ in $m\lambda = d\sin \theta $

I know that $m$ is the "order number", but I don't understand how this applies to the lab we did. We looked at Hydrogen gas through a diffraction grating (500 lines/cm or something like that) and saw ...
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How are determined experimentally the energy levels of the atoms ? How is the calibration done to several decimal points?

I see discrepancy for the absorption edges for the atoms in the X-ray ? For example K-absorption edge of carbon can be anywhere between 282 to 284eV according to different sources. My question is ...
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The working of rheostat/ potentiometer [on hold]

I can't grasp the concept of how a rheostat divides potential and acts as a variable resistance in a circuit.I have tried asking my teachers and fellows but their explanation hasn't been satisfactory. ...
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What's the smallest height difference over which gravitational time dilation has been experimentally observed?

In a famous experiment, reported in Optical Clocks and Relativity. CW Chou, DB Hume, T Rosenband and DJ Wineland. Science 329 no. 5999 pp. 1630-1633 (2010); NIST eprint. and nicely described in ...
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why is clear electron saturation not obtained in a Langmuir probe experiment?

I recently conducted an experiment to study the I-V characteristics of a Debye sheath, but I can't obtain electron saturation. Why does it happen?
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Estimation of source irradiance given the spectral sensitivity of the instrument and spectrum of the source

I am trying to measure the irradiance of a UV source, but the available instrument has a different sensitivity. Suppose the black line corresponds to the spectral sensitivity of the instrument ...
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How do I determine the heat conductivity of a material? [on hold]

I have a cup. I want to determine how much heat is transferred between the inside contents (boiling water) and the outside surroundings. What kind of information and how do I determine how to ...
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Use something that slower than light in Michelson–Morley experiment

Follow by the Michelson–Morley experiment, What happen if we use something that has a speed lower than light instead of light in Michelson–Morley experiment? How about the result?
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Has anyone tried Michelson-Morley in an accelerated frame?

After doing much more digging than I thought I had to do, I found out that the speed of light is NOT invariant in an accelerated reference frame. Has anyone done any experiments to confirm this? In ...
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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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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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What experimental proof has been found of Einstein's theory?

As a casual science reader, I've always found the implications of relativity (inconsistent clocks after near-light-speed travel and various space-time paradoxes) to be confusing and magical-sounding. ...
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About Michelson-Morley experiment

Can you please explain it to me. As far as I know, we have a monochromatic and coherent em source and we getting an interference picture (because we clearly couldn't make the splitted beams travel ...
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What does the $I$-$V$ curve in josephson junction mean?

According to the $I$-$V$ curve for Josephson junction tunneling for S-I-S (superconductor-insulator-superconductor), do we have any tunneling current for $0< V\leq V_c$? If yes, then why don't ...
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How do you determine power flow direction in a transmission line?

Below is a picture of a typical transmission line(about 200 kV). Is there a simple physics experiment which can be performed safely near the line, to determine the power flow direction. Or in other ...
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Terminal velocity of a steel ball in water [closed]

I am investigating on the terminal velocity of steel balls moving in water. I used the balls with different diameters, such as 3.17mm, 6.02mm, etc. And I used a full-filled 1L graduated cylinder. I ...
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Dependence of Hall coefficient on temperature in copper

As part of a project on the Hall Effect in metals, we would like to find out whether the Hall Coefficient of copper depends on its temperature, and if so how. We passed a current I through a copper ...
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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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What is a “cut” in the Hanbury-Brown and Twiss (HBT) method?

I am currently working on p-p collisions simulations using PYTHIA 6. I am using a Monte Carlo approach, but I have done mass reconstructions in the past using something very similar to the ...
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Why is the relationship between velocity and radius curved, in circular motion?

We are supposed to graph velocity squared against period. My instructor specifically said: The gradient of this graph is acceleration and We should observe a trend of decreasing orbital velocities ...
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Laser beam receiver

Problem: I have an object that can move in the $x,\,y,\,z$ direction. The goal is to measure the $x,y$ variation as the object travels along the $z$ axis. Typically the distance traveled is less than ...
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What is “forward peaking”?

In "Research and Development for a Gadolinium Doped Water Cherenkov Detector" the phrase "forward peaking" is used to describe a signal. This comes up in lots of other contexts too, but I still can't ...
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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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How accurate is the Callendar-Van Dusen equation?

... over 0 degC to 100 degC? The equation itself can be found here I can do a very accurate one point calibration of a 1/10 DIN PT100 sensor at 0 degC. If I use the equation to correct for non-linear ...
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Linear momentum experiment

trying to design an experiment for linear momentum. Could someone tell me whether this would work. Get a wooden toy car and attach it to some string which is hung over a pulley on the end of the ...
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Mechanical Equivalent of Heat

Recently I have been looking up James Joule's experiment regarding the mechanical equivalent of heat. After viewing some drawings of the apparatus, I assumed that the lines holding the weights would ...
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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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Median filtering - cheating?

The concept is simple, and is used to remove non-typical data. A sample set is put in numerical order and the extremes discarded. For example, in an experiment I am doing I take batches of 10 ...
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Questions about MTW's “thousand” tests of the Einstein principle

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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Error propagation log2

I have a quick question to report some numbers on an experiment. I made measurements of fluorescence in a titration of a chemical. The titrations were 1:2 serial dilutions so I report each ...
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How “steady” are screw threads?

I have a setup whereby two stainless steel end caps screw into a similar tube about 100mm in length and 25mm internal diameter. Thread is fairly standard, and is finger tight. The question is: ...
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What are the effects of cosmic rays on consumer electronics? [closed]

When electronics/computer companies design a new chip, processor/ memory card/ or a solar cell, do they study the effect of cosmic rays on such electronically sensitive materials? If not, why not?
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Has a phonon, a formal quasi-particle, ever been observed as a point particle?

Phonons are a nice tool to simplify the quantum-mechanical description of lattice vibrations by identifying the ladder operator of normal modes as creation operators of a certain quasi-particle. In ...
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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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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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Corona discharge v pressure in air

Does anyone have any information on how a corona discharge between two electrodes changes as pressure is reduced from atmospheric to below 1mB? I am assuming current limited. Also, what I am looking ...
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Orifice Jet Flow experiment

I am writing up a report on Orifice jet flow experiment in which I am required to find coefficient of flow velocity, $C_v$, and the Coefficient of discharge, $C_d$. There are couple of things that I ...
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How to measure the wave-function experimentally?

Do experimental physicists really measure the wave function of a system? How do they do it? Do they make many identically-prepared systems and measure the position of the particle(s) over and over ...
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Is fluorescence from a single atom/ion visible with the naked eye (e.g. in a strongly coupled trap or cavity)

I remember sitting in on a conference talk by a person (possibly Rainer Blatt) doing research with trapped ions (or single atoms strongly coupled to light in an optical cavity), and the person showed ...
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Explanation of Michelson Interferometer Fringe Shift

I have been working on an experiment where 2 glass microscope slides are pinched together at one end (so that there is a "wedge" of air between them) and placed in the path of a laser in one leg of a ...
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How can one explain the Kelvin Water drop experiment without assuming the container to already possess a positive charge?

Kelvin Water Dropper experiment refers to the electrostatic generator invented by Lord Kelvin, which uses falling water to generate a voltage by electrostatic induction occurring between ...
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Is this the correct way to I combine multiple interdependant pressure readings?

I want to measure the density in different layers of a suspension. To do this I want to place pressure sensors at different heights. Let's assume that the sensors are not by orders of magnitude more ...