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How to stop particles from clustering on a water surface

For my experiment I have to obtain a water surface (1 m$^2$) seeded with floating particles. I found particles of the right size, density (and very acceptable price): expanded glass granulate. ...
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How to experimentally identify the exposed face of a crystal?

After depositing a material (e.g, TiO2) on a substrate, what methods can I use to check whether the material is crystalline, and what face (e.g, 001, 101, etc..) of the crystal is exposed?
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Can water seep in?

Today morning I was sweating a lot, and a drop of it directly fell on my iPhone's home button. Considering the height of fall to be approx. $30 cm$, I started wondering whether water could seep in. ...
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Is there a significant possibility of the LHC missing “exotic” particles or events?

In his popsci book, "Particle at the end of the universe", Sean Carroll says that the LHC, due to it's sheer information gathering capability, necessarily needs to completely discard most of the data ...
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Reverse polarity vs falling in Millikans experiment

There are multiple methods of hot to perform Millikans oil drop experiment. One of them lets the drop rise through an electric field (and measures the velocity) then lets if fall (without an electric ...
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What is the typical strength of the electric field in a particle accelerator?

I am working on a research project involving the closed orbits of hydrogen in the presence of an external electric field and I am curious what a reasonable approximation for the electric field ...
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What are the purposes of slits inside a spectrometer (Czerny-Turner)?

I am building a Raman spectrometer with a Czerny Turner configuration (with RamanPi). Why does the light source (A) appear to be converging into the entrance slit (B)? When a sample is excited by ...
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How I can launch light into PM fiber

A polarization maintaining fiber preserves the linear polarization of the light at the output, the light at the input must be linear polarized to see signal at the photodetector... However I can't see ...
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High resistance wire as a heating element

I'm redesigning one of the labs for our senior lab class at my university. It's a thermal conductivity experiment meant to measure aluminum's thermal conductivity in a thin (1.1 cm diameter) rod. I ...
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Kirchoff's voltage law doesn't seem to hold in an experiment conducted with series resistor, diode and signal generator

I've conducted an experiment to look at the electronic characteristics of a diode. This was done using a series diode, resistor ($R$) and signal generator. The signal generator was made to supply a ...
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How can we test relationship between frequency and peak current of an alternating current?

It has been suggested to me that $$\frac{V_{peak}^2}{I_{peak}^2}=R^2_{coil}+4\pi^2f^2L^2$$ where $L$ is a constant and $f$ is the frequency of AC. As a high school student I don't understand how can ...
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Sun spectroscopy - Home experiment

We let the sun light run through a 5x3x3cm triangular glass prism and we examined the formed 'rainbow' in search of Fraunhofer lines. However, even though we looked close enough (even with a ...
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How to make sure that two electrons collide head to head?

In high energy experiments, people smash particles into particles. But how to make sure that they really run into each other, instead of just passing by?
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How do I find the right lens for my laser?

I purchased this line laser recently and I'm running into a bit of an issue. The laser shoots out at a 120 degree angle which is perfect. However, once the laser spreads to about 4.25 inches, I need ...
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Errorbars for data series with variable number of points and several layers of uncertainty

I'm making a 2D plot of my microwave S Parameter data and want to represent the error bars correctly. Experimental Context: I measure S21, (Vout/Vin), as a function of frequency and drive power with ...
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Insulation for magnetic fields [duplicate]

How can I insulate conductors independently one off the other, where they pass through a magnetic field? Are there a techniques or alloys? There is a issue how to insulate copper wire where current ...
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Photon yield of NaI

We have to calculate the photon yield of the scintillator NaI. We have measured his pulse height spectrum but we have no idea how to solve this problem. Can someone explain it? The source that we used ...
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Measuring depth or height from sea level

How is the depth or height relative to sea level measured? Well, if it's near the ocean, it can be easily measured manually, but what if it is 100 km away from the sea? What method is used?
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Tunable Optical Band Pass Filter

Is there any cheap method by which to create tune-able optical band pass filter? I am working with a chemical process which will fluoresce when excited by a specific wavelength of light. As shown in ...
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How does one align a laser using two adjustable mirrors?

Suppose we would like to get a laser beam to pass through a particular point in space in a particular direction. At our disposal we have a laser, two adjustable mirrors (can rotate up/down and ...
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How do I make a Gaussian process generate a stream of events?

I would like to generate a stream of "random" gaussian events (on for event - off for no-event) that obeys a set standard deviation and mean. what algorithm could I use? thank you
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Uncertainty of approximately sinusoidal voltage measurement

Say one is interested in measuring the mean value an approximately sinusoidal voltage with an instrument that has an accuracy of 0.01 V, according to its spec sheet. 10 periods of the oscillation have ...
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Help understanding Fizeau's calculation of speed of light

While searching for different methods of calculating Speed of light, I came across one of the methods that Fizeau discussed below which I cannot fully understand. In short, in Fizeau’s apparatus, a ...
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Using GPS Satelites as dark matter detectors

Recently, two scientists have proposed a new way of detecting dark matter, using GPS Satellites. A part of the article is posted online: Hunting for topological dark matter with atomic clocks. Can ...
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How do we perform transverse measurements in a two level system?

In quantum mechanics any two level system can be mapped onto effective spin variables. If the system is defined by two energy levels, $|E_1\rangle$ and $|E_2\rangle$, the Hamiltonian is $$ H = ...
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How big can be gradient of magnetic induction (in lab)

I'm thinking about magnetic levitation and how big force can push a diamagnetic when we put it in inhomogenious magnetic field. As far as I know, force exerted on a diamagnetic is proportionald to ...
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How many measurements of a physical quantity should you do to get a representative value / distribution? [closed]

When we measure a physical quantity multiple times, we can calculate several values which should help us understand the whole measurement better: Standard deviation, variance, median, average, and so ...
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What is the relationship between radation intensity and count rate?

If you know that the radioactive source is, for example, Cesium-137, is it possible to extrapolate a relationship between the count rate and radiation intensity? If it is not possible, what is the ...
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How do you measure neutron energy?

I think you can detect a neutron event with a scintillator (neutron to photon), photomultiplier tube (photon to electric signal) system, but how would a fusion neutron's energy (2.45 MeV) be typically ...
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How to measure trajectory regularity? [closed]

I have two animal running trajectories. A regular one with repeated back and forth running between point A and B, like the one on top in the figure. The other one is very irregular, animal paused and ...
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Experimentally measuring coherence length of laser

So I am trying to figure out the coherence length of my laser source. I am using a mach zehnder interferomter (image attached). I have theoretically calculated $L_c$ to be somewhere between 800-1200 ...
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What is the error on measuring the phase of a sine wave?

Let's say I have a wave, with frequency $\omega$ and phase $\phi$, of the form: $$y(t) = 1 + A \sin(\omega t+\phi)$$ where $A < 1$. I have measured this wave N times, and we can assume these ...
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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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Experiment - Measuring final velocity of a parachute

I'm working on a project that involves a scale parachute. It is vital for the project to get a good measurement of the speed it has when it lands. We still haven't built the parachute, but we need a ...
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Which experiment gave scientists reason to believe nuclear fission/fusion produced energy?

Every piece of knowledge in science has a beginning lying in someone's experiment. I would like to know which experiment gave scientists the reason to believe nuclear fission/fusion existed and was ...
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Layer thickness measurement

I am interested to measure the thickness of the coating on a mirror (e.g. in the picture below). What are the available and best way of measuring it? What will be the solution in case of multiple ...
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Collection Efficiency of Photon

I am currently reading this paper: http://journals.aps.org/prl/abstract/10.1103/PhysRevLett.112.116802#references In the second column of text in page 2, the author makes various claims about the ...
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How do you measure a particle's postion or momentum?

This question is about the Uncertainty Principle $$\sigma_x \sigma_p ~\ge ~\frac{\hbar}{2}.$$ Looking at the maths, I understant why the uncertainty in the poistion increases as the uncertainty in ...
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How do you know which atoms are in a specific piece of matter?

If you have a piece of matter in front of you, how can you know of which atoms it consists? And starting from nothing, how can I discover all the elements (or just a lot of them) of the periodic ...
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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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Why apply voltage on an Si detector only on atmosphere or high vacuum

The general instruction when using a silicon detector is to either apply voltage only in atmospheric pressure or in high vacuum. Not in between! I can't find a physical answer to it. Why is it so ...
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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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Error propagation estimations for sine and cosine

My lab manual gives this: $B$ is a function of $A$, Greek are uncertainties... $$B + \beta = \sin(A + \alpha) = \sin(A)\cdot\cos(\alpha) + \sin(\alpha)\cdot\cos(A)$$ --> because $\alpha$ is ...
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How is a standard unit divided into equally smaller or fractional units physically/experimentally?

Consider the standard unit of length: meter. How was it divided into decimeter, centimeter, millimeter, etc. when there were no shorter lengths than the standard? What is the physical/experimental ...
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How would a physicist measure temperature of molten metals in 1850-1920s?

How would a physicist measure temperature of molten metals in 1850-1920s? What equipment would be used?
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Which microscopy technique is for wet condition? [closed]

I am searching for a microscopy technique in wet conditions. It must be possible to see through the specimen. ESEM is good but can't see through. TEM needs high vacuum which will boil away water. The ...
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How to realize long-range interaction of colds atom in an optical lattice?

In the Bose-Hubbard model of cold atoms in an optical lattice, we consider only the short-range interaction or on-site interaction. Is it possible to realize long-range interaction similar to Coulomb ...
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How to determine if a optical system is afocal?

I have to come up with a method to measure the focal length of a concave lens that's not in my lab guidebook. So I decide that I will build an afocal system with a convex lens and a concave lens and ...
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Double Slit Experiment: How do scientists ensure that there's only one photon?

Many documentaries regarding the double slit experiment state that they only send a single photon through the slit. How is that achieved and can it really be ensured that it is a single photon?
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Where can I find a device or how can I make a device that measures only Alpha particles?

Are there special muller tubes that only measure alpha for example?