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Why and how will we be able to image extraterrestrial planets in the next two decades?

According to a recently published article, a well-established Cambridge astrophysicist stated that: the “origin of life, where it exists, and whether aliens exist, is going to be crucial over ...
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Are the Voyager probes still sending us a signal ?

This article reported today, a finding from one of the voyager probes. It talks about magnetic structures at the (far) outer edge of our solar system. Does that mean we're still able to pick up a ...
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Methods to Stabilize and Maintain Extremely Low Humidity in a Lab Environment

My atomic physics lab is in a building that experiences huge swings in humidity levels during the year due to the monsoon season Our building provides temperature, but not humidity control. Using ...
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Accuracy of various optical instruments

I understand that this may not be the type of question allowed here, but I'm not sure. Feel free to close this if you feel that it shouldn't be here I'm planning on carrying out a certain set of ...
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How does the Double Slit Experiment work in detail?

What is the best detailed description/visualisation of the experiment available? Describing what is actually measured, how the data is analysed, correlated and interpreted when for example large ...
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How strong must a signal be at the edge of the Solar System to penetrate into the Sytem?

A sort-of follow-up to Are the Voyager probes still sending us a signal ? Still following on the news report referenced in the above question, this report indicates further magnetic surprises at, or ...
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Mirrors and light beam divergence technology limits

There are many applications for orbital space mirrors in astronomy (better telescopes) and space propulsion (solar power for deep space probes), but this is limited by the minimum beam divergence ...
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Catching/harvesting neutrons

This question has several parts. How does modern science catch free neutrons that are just floating around? Is there anyway to "pull" a neutron off any atom that does not involve our current ...
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Could we use particle colliders as fusion generators?

So I know the basic gist is that fusion power's main issue is sustaining the fusion. I also know that there are two methods. The Torus method and the laser method. The torus magnetically contains ...
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Are old fashion photomultipliers used in LHC experiments?

Are any photomultipliers used in any of LHC detectors? Or are only semiconductor devices used? If yes, then where?
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How can some optical microscopes measure height differences of different sample planes with nanometer accuracy?

I could use last week an optical microscope, didn't seem special in any way, 50x magnification, image viewable per a CCD camera on a computer screen besides through the ocular. But the software of ...
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Are CCDs approaching the sensitivity of photomultiplier tubes?

I still see photomultiplier tubes (PMT) used for even benchtop spectroscopy experiments. How much more sensitive are they to CCDs? I found a post which claims about 1.5 x more sensitivity for ...
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Layman's method to sharpen a wire (STM-tip)

We use a platinum-irididum wire to fabricate our STM tips. And by "fabricate" I mean to cut it with really sharp pliers or scissors. Sometimes we get good tips but most of the time they are not usable ...
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Inductor with controlled temperature coefficient

Let's assume we have an air-spaced inductor made of copper wire. As temperature changes, due to thermal expansion of physical dimensions of the coil, its inductance changes too. 1) Is there a way to ...
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Improvements on a makeshift dessicator

I am a first year undergrad working in a lab, and I have these Plexiglass containers that I tried to convert to dessicators, since the commercial bell jars are really expensive. I used these weather ...
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Light filter for an experiment

I'm looking for a filter that lets through as many wavelengths as possible (from 200 to 5000 nm). Is that even possible?
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Conductive glue

I would like to use some conductive glue to contact a silicon chip's back gate. Any suggestions on what to use? Can I use thermal silver paste? I would be operating at cryogenic temperatures below 4K. ...
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Any photon colliders in the past?

People have been thinking about a photon-photon collider (see this and this) as an add-on or to supplement the ILC, the next generation linear collider. My question is, have there been any ...
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How sodium atoms in lamp are energized to produce light?

In a recent spectroscopy lab I performed for one of my classes we used a Lambda Scientific LLE-1/2 mercury/sodium lamp (to look at the sodium doublet) and a Lambda Scientific LLE-8 hydrogen/deuterium ...
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Do nanoscopes exist?

We are mostly all familiar with a microscope, and know that it helps to see MICRO components, like stuff that is photolithographically etched on silicon semiconductor die. (The latter can also be ...
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How long does it take to scan a typical scanning electron microscope image?

I suppose the answer depends on resolution and imaging area, but can you provide some ball park measures of imaging times with an SEM?
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Future of colliders and technical limitations

Are there any technical limitations (theoretical or technological) that prevent quark based colliders? ie. Colliding two quarks together.
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Scanning Electron Microscopy: Explanation of Numerical aperture and Extraction Field

I am trying to understand what numerical aperture and extraction field means in a scanning electron microscope. From what I understand numerical aperture is used to set the Depth of Focus which is ...
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holographic projection in thin air?

from where I come from ,they taught us in high school that it is possible to project holograms in thin air simply by illuminating the hologram with the "correct light" , and having a semi transparent ...