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What's the difference between frequency domain and time domain spectra?

If I have a mechanical oscillator and want to observe the dynamical behavior of the oscillator, is there any additional information to observe it in time domain and frequency domain? Normally, we ...
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The status of the BICEP2 'discovery' after Planck 2014

The tumultous period after the original announcement that the BICEP2 experiment had supposedly detected strong evidence of cosmological inflation in the form of B-mode polarization in the cosmic ...
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The use of Artificial Intelligence in physics resarch

I have been reading about a machine that observed a double pendulum and created equations that both described its motion and associated conservation laws. The authors claims: We have developed a ...
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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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Upper division physics lab — Project ideas [on hold]

As an experimentalist, I am very excited to be taking my first upper division physics lab next semester! The course covers basic electronics (filters, diodes, transistors, op-amps, analog & ...
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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 ...
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Weighted mean from data [on hold]

Suppose we have 3 experimental groups measuring "x", they measure $$x_1=\mu_1\pm \sigma_1$$ $$x_2=\mu_2\pm \sigma_2$$ $$x_3=\mu_3\pm \sigma_3$$ In the 3 experiments, we have done N measurements of ...
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Emission and absorption of photons by electrons [closed]

Two questions occur at a critical review of the two famous experiments devised by Millikan in 1914, respectively Duane, Hunt and others in 1917-1920, which confirmed the action constant calculated by ...
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Thought Experiment: Force on magnets in a Stern Gerlach Experiment

Background: In the SG experiment, an inhomogenous magnetic field affects a force on particles passing between two magnets. "Measurement" takes place when a screen is placed on one end, blocking one ...
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Rutherford Experiment - practical and theoretical questions

I performed the Rutherford experiment the other day, using Au thin foil of $2\,\mathrm{\mu{}m}$, a source/gun of α particles (241Am) and a detector/counter. α particles were shot from the source ...
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What is the most compelling evidence of General Relativity in the presence of matter and energy?

The most oft-cited triumphs of GR are things such as the shifting perihelion of Mercury, gravitational redshift experiments, and gravitational lensing. But, as far as I know, these are only ...
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Experimental physics book suited for a math student [on hold]

I am currently a Master's student in Mathematics who is very much interested to learn advanced physics (QFT, Particle Physics, GR,Cosmology). The main focus of my undergraduate programme was on ...
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At what point do researchers in physics make the leap from wild theoretical ideas to physical experiments? [on hold]

Dark Matter, on the surface, appears to be a wild idea... Some invisible thing that we can't see that controls the movement of most of the universe. Yet, we are searching for it. Why? What evidence ...
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Research papers readable by first years? [on hold]

This coming Spring I'll be running a Mechanics I lab for freshman (as a teaching assistant) and I'll have some say as to the way I do it. So I was thinking it would be nice if I could find some ...
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Moment of inertia from torque and angular acceleration measurements

I tried to calculate the moment of inertia of a quadcopter along its roll axis using two different methods and the results do not match. Method 1: measuring the period of a bifilar pendulum, I obtain ...
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Can LIGO measure anything?

LIGO, Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory, is a large-scale physics experiment aiming to directly detect gravitational waves. The device measures the phase shift laser beams. If I ...
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how to completely remove the charge from the glass bubble particles?

Do you have any idea on how to completely remove the charge from the glass bubble particles (25-32 micrometer diameter)? Thanks
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How to measure the permittivity of a gas sensor? [closed]

I looking for a simple method to measure the permittivity of a gas sensor silicone.
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Need more details on How to Make a Water Bottle Cap Pop Off With Air Pressure [closed]

i have been assigned the topic air pressure in physics presentations,so i decided to do the above experiment but the teacher has asked for a technical report on the experiment.I am a bit confused on ...
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Experimentally, what categorizes a measurement as corresponding to a certain observable?

I want to write a computer program. The input to the program is: A description of an experimental device (for instance a Stern-Gerlach apparatus, or a laser and a polarizer) What the experimenter ...
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Hydrogen spectrum intensity using a monochromator

Using a monochromator (350->800 nm) and a hydrogen gas lamp, I find this spectrum : We can see 3->2, 4->2, 5->2 transitions from Balmer series, but not 6->2 (which we should expect at 410 nm). As ...
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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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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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Why is the relationship between velocity and radius curved, in circular motion?

An experiment to model planetary motion: The brown rubber was supposed to model a planet, while we varied the radius $r$ and the mass hanging from the string. Varying the masses was to show ...
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Since when were Loop Quantum Gravity (LQG) and Einstein-Cartan (EC) theories experimentally proven?

Can this template at Wikipedia be true? It seems to suggest that Einstein-Cartan theory, Gauge theory gravity, Teleparalleism and Euclidean Quantum Gravity are fully compatible with observation! It ...
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Temperature limit of the increase in heat

If the sun is the hottest known thing to humans is it possible to have a temperature greater than the sun?.
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Free 'fall' on an Inclined Plane

I guess we can say that two identical balls on the same inclined plane with different heigths reach the ground at the same time. So, who was the first one to observe it?. ...
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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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Scanning electron microscope imaging

In a scanning electron microscopy, secondary electrons are defined as the electrons which obey inelastic scattering whereas backscattering electron follow elastic scattering. Now my question ...
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What happens if we put a pinch of salt on the ice cubes which is melting in the water?

What happens if we put a pinch of salt on the ice cubes which is melting in the water? How will the ice react to the salt, and what other things will happen after mixing them?
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Air Cylinder to drive Pneumatic Pump

I am required to drive a pneumatic chemical injection pump using Compressed Air in Cylinders. The pump requires a supply pressure of 80 psi to effectively ensure. We do not have a flow meter to ...
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How are the components of the spin vector defined?

How do we distinguish between the $x$, $y$ and $z$ spin components? More precisely: how do we define the $z$ component? (according to what, it is the $z$?) for measuring the $x$ component how ...
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Resolution in a Fourier transform spectroscopy setup

I am a bachelor physics student and as an assignment we had to perform measurements on an FT spectroscopy setup. Context. Our setup consisted of a Michelson interferometer through which the light ...
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What is the error in a ruler?

I'm having trouble understanding simple error analysis of a ruler. Suppose we have this ruler. There is a mark for every centimeter. The precision is half a centimeter. This should mean that the ...
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Why can't echoes be heard inside a room?

If I go camping and shout anywhere, in the forest or on a cliff, I usually hear the echo of my voice. Why when I shout in my room I do not hear any echoes?
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Outcome from this experiment with solid hydrogen?

Let's say that we have two solid hydrogen blocks (or at least two solid hydrogen lattices) in a vacuum. Both blocks have perfectly smooth surfaces which are later put together. Before putting blocks ...
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How to entangle two particles? [duplicate]

After learning about quantum entanglement I wanted to know, what is the simplest way to entangle two particles in a lab?
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Can we create invisible things?

We are able to see this beautiful world because of light. When light gets reflected from the object, the reflected light enters our eye retina and thus we are able see that particular object from ...
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Has relativity of simultaneity been directly observed?

I know that thought experiment about trains when a flash of light in the middle reaches the both end simultaneously for a passenger but different times for the bystander. So were there (non-thought) ...
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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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How was phase randomly changing in CHSH test (M. A. Rowe and others)?

Measuring phase of photon should always be random while checking CHSH inequality, but i can't explain this: http://qudev.ethz.ch/content/courses/QSIT08/pdfs/Rowe01.pdf (the most clear experiment i ...
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Gravity is curved geometry: A fact of nature or model-dependent interpretation?

We are regularly taught in high-schools and universities that, according to General Relativity (GR), gravity is nothing but a manifestation of space-time curvature (which, in its turn, is caused by ...
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Books on experimental methods, fluid mechanics related

I need some good books on experimental methods, requirements are: Fluid mechanics related; Thermal, multi-phase etc. topics should be covered; Traditional methods are good, but it would be greater ...
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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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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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What is the general definition of signal acceptance?

Suppose I have a beyond Standard Model theory and want to test it. I want to test if some experiments, say conduced in LHC, show signals of the theory. In this case, what is "signal acceptance"?
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How did Rutherford's gold foil disprove the plum pudding model?

What stops one of the two following scenarios from happening, consistent with the plum pudding model? The $\alpha$ particle, attracted by the electrons on the outer shell of the pudding, orbits ...
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An experiment in quantum theory involving a metal ring

I'm trying to remember the name of an experiment that I saw on YaleCourses in a lecture by Professor Shankar. My recollection is that something was sent around a closed metal ring. The fact that the ...
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What is logical way to calculate percentage error?

I wish to know logic behind percentage error formula. Say, $A$ is measured or calculated quantity, $B$ is theoretical or known or benchmark quantity. Then, what should be the formula for percentage ...