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Why isn't cosmic microwave background radiation on Earth drowned out by thermal noise

The Penzias/Wilson experiment, which detected the CMB, doesn't sound feasible given thermal noise. When Penzias and Wilson reduced their data they found a low, steady, mysterious noise that ...
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What's the problem with my Young slits experiment?

My Young's slits experiment doesn’t work. I mean I tried to see wave effect of light but I didn’t see any thing expect particles! I’ve sent you a pic of my laser and a short video of the experiment. ...
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how can I detect cosmic muons from background?

Is there anything I should be careful with if I would like to detect muon at sea level? Noise background? Threshold? Even signals from other particle with stronger flux rate?
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What difference does it make if the turns in a tesla coil overlap?

Would a tesla coil in which the primary coil is made by overlapping the turns of the wire work?
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Pound-Drever-Hall frequency stabilisation technique

I am having some difficulty understanding the Pound-Drever-Hall frequency stabilisation technique, when locking a laser to a stable cavity. As far as I understand: We emit the laser frequency, f0....
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Galileo's pendulum and any references

In some texts about the simple pendulum we use to see references about some "experiments" Galileo Galilei did realize and whereby he found some important results, including that the period of the ...
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High $p_T$ and high $Q^2$ in deep inelastic hadronic collisions

When reading about high energy collisions (for example proton-proton collisions at LHC), I always find the relation $Q\sim p_T$, which, for me, is hard to demonstrate. Moreover, I found statements ...
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Is it possible to measure the resistivity of something using A.C. Current and a capacitor?

I've read that A.C. current "passes" through a capacitor. Is it possible to use this and measure the resistivity of the medium between the plates? Any sources or links would be appreciated.
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Why does a CfBe neutron source not exist?

Sources such as AmBe take advantage of Beryllium's $(\alpha,n)$ process to produce high energy neutrons. Sources such as Cf utilize spontaneous fission. Why not combine the two? Such a source would ...
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Measurement of Quantum Hall Effect

I'm somewhat confused about the original measurement of the QHE in a Si-MOSFET, which might stem from my not understanding MOSFETs very well. In their measurement, von Klitzing et al. measure the ...
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Muon lifetime determination

My colleagues and I performed several experiments to determine the lifetime of the muon (from secondary cosmic rays) using scintillator detectors coupled to multi-channel analysers. The results ...
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Why do we learn only two computations, cross sections and decay rates, in such a fundamental theory as QFT?

When I learned Newtonian mechanics I found a vast variety of computations that I could do and that was so interesting. And it was so when I learned Maxwell theory. When I started learning QFT I hoped ...
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Can vernier scale ratio be less than 1?

I came across a question (See Image) that states about two vernier scales The first vernier scale is the top-most figure in the image: It has 10 vernier scale division equal to 9 main scale division ...
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why am i getting lower mass after melting iron dust?

I've been trying to melt iron dust for a long time but after melting I lose a lot of mass. Any idea what is causing this? I've used gas and electrical arc to melt the dust.
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Optical Retroreflectors: How Are the Faces So Accurately Righted?

This question is about Optical Retroreflectors (corner cubes) and how the extreme precision in their manufacturing is achieved. I suspect there is interesting basic physics involved, which is why the ...
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How to make a monocrystalline silicon seed

I do understand that you can grow monocrystalline silicon from an initial seed but I'm lost in a chicken versus egg situation where I don't understand how you can get the seed if the only way to make ...
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Propagation error for a third grade equation

I am trying to find the value for the roots$\pm$error for a set of experimental data. The function that fit the best is $$\epsilon(t)=a+bt+ct^2+dt^3.$$ Which is the best way to calculate the roots $\...
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What is the minimum sample sizes to show the error bar in an experiment?

In scientific experiment, people often try to show an error bar based on the standard deviation around a mean (average) value. My question is twofold: How to estimate the minimum but adequate ...
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Measuring very long half lives accurately

There are already some questions about long half life times for radioactive elements, explaining how to calculate the half life time. Now I am wondering: When you have some radioactive material and ...
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How are optical lattices created, and how big can they be?

I am asking about the basic concept and the schematics of the laser configuration. How are atoms forced to stay in optical lattices? What lasers (power, wavelength, etc.) are used, and how are they ...
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Anoxic sample containers

I am preparing pure Si samples, etching the oxide layer, in an argon glovebox, and I have to transfer them to the AFM. We don't have any sample containers in the lab, so I have to buy some. I wasn't ...
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What is needed to be taken into consideration when measuring torque in dynamic mode?

Let's consider a DG generator connected with a hydraulic turbine through a shaft. To the stator of the generator it's attached a arm connected to a load cell. The load cell is measuring the force that ...
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Sine wave in my residuals graph [closed]

We had a physics experiment where we should have had a linear relation between 2 measured values, we got a pretty good fir however our residuals plot has a kind of a sine wave behaviour. We were told ...
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Are residuals supposed to have error bars?

Hopefully I'm asking this in the correct section. So I've got a graph with a linear trend of data and a best fit line plotted. The data points on the main graph obviously each have their own error ...
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What is an absolute frequency reference (Frequency combs)?

So I am currently studying for my bachelors thesis which is all about frequency combs. I am reading a lot of articles about them but I just keep coming across things that the people who wrote the ...
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Why is 2-terminal sensing less accurate than 4-terminal sensing if the internal resistance of leads is known?

I have a pretty good understanding of 2-terminal vs. 4-terminal (kelvin) sensing measurements. I understand that in the 4-terminal measurement, current is supplied by 2 terminals that are separate ...
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Measuring the effective mass

Intro: To avoid any terminology confusion, this is asked in the context of Solid State Physics and semiconductors. The canonical definition given for the effective mass is that it is related to the ...
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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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Einstein's original papers predicting gravitational waves? [closed]

I came across the original handwritten papers in which Einstein predicted gravitational waves1: and since LIGO announced they've detected a signal confirming the predictions I was wondering if ...
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What's the difference in the film between sputtering deposition and an ebeam evaporator?

I know the differences between the two deposition techniques, but what about the difference in the properties of the resulting films? All things being equal (such as substrate temperature), would ...
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Machine readable database of gamma lines

Friends of mine did a lab experiment where they recorded $\gamma$-spectra in the range from 0 to 1500 keV with a soil sample. The data contains some background and a couple sharp peaks at different ...
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Measuring Activity

The formula for Activity of a radioactive substance is $ \frac{dN}{dt}=A=λN $. If we have an initial number $N(0)$ of some Radionuclide, which has a halflife of, say, 12 hours, is there any ...
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How to measure transverse current-current correlation at arbitrary wave vector and frequency

Let $\hat J^{\mu}(t,\boldsymbol r) \equiv (c \hat \rho(t,\boldsymbol r), \hat{\boldsymbol J}(t,\boldsymbol r))$ be the density-current operator at spacetime coordinate $(t,\boldsymbol r)$, in the ...
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Double slit experiment mechanism

Can someone explain the mechanism that sets in motion the electrons in the experiment? Is it an electro-magnetic force? If so, I think it's not right to describe the motion of the electron as a '...
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Gamma spectroscopy - Fitted Singlet

I'm using some gamma acquisition and analysis software. When I ask the software to do some sort of Nuclide Identification, almost every single peak in the generated output is marked with "F". ...
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Procedure for wrapping a superconducting coil around a cylindrical shell?

I don't know if experimental physics questions are allowed on this site - please direct me to the proper SE if it doesn't belong here. I need to wrap a few layers of superconducting wire (~80 ...
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Interferences while using two ToF cameras

Im using two time-of-flight (ToF) cameras, a DS325 from SoftKinetic and a Creative Senz3D, at the same time with the DepthSense-SDK and the Point-Cloud-Library (on Ubuntu 15.04). But I got strong ...
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measure barometric pressure using boiling water

I have set a cup of water in a bell jar, with a thermometer. I am able to lower the pressure until the water boils and I am able to measure the temperature of the water simultaneously. I then looked ...
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prototyping a cyclotron , a charging problem

I'd like to model a cyclotron but not with subatomic particles but with a small metallic ball but the problem is i need to charge the metallic ball with certain amount of charge and i must know it to ...
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Have the BaF2 scintillators a strong correlation with the alimentation current that cause the shifting of the centroids in the distribution?

In gamma gamma correlation I suspect the presence of systematic error maybe caused by a non optimal alimentation voltage according to someone there is a quadratic correlation between centroids ...
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Creating nanosecond pulses from a CW laser source

Experimental setup question. If anyone aware of a technique to create pulses of several nanoseconds at a around 10Hz repetition rate from a CW laser source?
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Are there any inventions/applications in our world based on QFT?

Are there nowadays any actual devices or experimental applications which are based on the quantum field theory and if so, how are they related to QFT? I could not find any similar question besides ...
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Creating a structural dynamic model using only modal test data

Short version: Suppose I excite a vibrational response in some structure and measure its mode shapes and natural frequencies. Is it possible to create a structural dynamic model of the structure ...
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Is circular masking a laser beam an acceptable way to get the beam diameter you require?

I am wondering what are the down sides to just masking a laser to get the beam diameter you require? For example if you have a collimated eliptical beam of say 2mm width and 4mm height, but you ...
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Determining the spatial imaging resolution based on a pinhole diffraction pattern

I aimed a 780 nm/1mW laser at a 1μm pinhole and took a picture of it using a lens and a CCD camera. The magnification of my imaging system is ~25 times. I wrote some code that takes the image of the ...
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How is it possible to combine various techniques in cold atom experiments?

I’ve been reading about laser-trapped cold atoms (6Li in particular, which is a fermion) and was amazed at the number of things to keep track of in the experiments, just to gain that degree of control ...
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X-ray diffraction on thin film

As far as I am concerned, when we perform an X-ray diffraction experiment using a Bragg-Brentano diffractometer using the "powder method" we have that the scattering pattern depends on only one angle ...
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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. However,...
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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?