Tool used to sample physical observations. For example, pressure sensors, thermocouples, etc.

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What is a spectrometer, and why are they so useful in science?

I've heard reference to many telescope and spacecraft that have a device known as a spectrometer, and I'm curious, what is the purpose of these device? What's the working principal behind them and ...
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Why must an integrating sphere be a sphere?

Why must an integrating sphere be a sphere? Why can't it be an integrating cube? What is the difference? Could I use a cube to measure total illuminance like an integrating sphere does?
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How is the Hanbury-Brown and Twiss effect used to measure the size of stars?

I understand what an Hanbury Brown and Twiss (HBT) interferometer does, but how can this be used to measure the apparent angular diameter of some object? What is the mathematical explaination?
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What the name of the evacuated glass gadget with black and white vanes that turn when a light is applied?

I remember a glass device my physics teacher had at high school which Contained some vanes mounted somehow on a vertical axis, which were all black on one side and white on the other Was in a ...
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Particular targets of high angular resolution infrared telescopes

I work in the field of infrared interferometry, specifically instrumentation. As such, I need to be aware of the science goals of such an instrument. Is there a quick list of important and ...
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What is making these subatomic honeycomb shapes and gaps in this graphene image?

I just read yet another graphene discovery and saw this STM image: Nice photo, it begs two questions: What is that secondary honeycomb structure, the one about 20x smaller than the atoms ...
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Is there a way to measure atmosperic pressure without an instrument?

Just that . I am not too much concerned about the accuracy of measurements .
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Why Microchannel Plates can be operated only in vacuum?

Why it is said that the Microchannel Plates can be operated in vacuum? What is the maximum pressure in which it can be operated? Also, while it is not operating, should it be kept in vacuum? Is this ...
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What is a strain gauge and how do I use one?

As the title says, I have no idea what these things are or how to get or use one. Can I receive a simple explanation or links to one? I'm a computer engineer so I have very little physics/mechanical ...
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Open Ended/ Close Ended instruments?

Close ended instruments have twice the wavelength, because the wave must travel twice the distance to repeat itself. Why must a wave reach a lower density medium (air in this case) to repeat? When ...
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Instrumentation handbook [closed]

Does anyone have any suggestion on a handbook of instrumentation? In particular NIM instrumentation... I would like an approach which will explain the techniques and how to use NIM modules. In ...
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Will timbre/quality be different if two different people play the same guitar? [closed]

Will timbre/quality be different if two different people play the same guitar? Assume that frequency/pitch and amplitude are same.
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In a non auto-ranging digital multimeter, what do the increasing numbers in the Ohm section represent?

For my science fair project I am measuring the resistance of nichrome wires under different conditions. I am using an Innova 3300 digital multimeter to measure the resistance. Other websites have told ...
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The things to consider when choosing a mesh for an electron detector (MCP detector)

I am designing a electron velocity map imaging setup. I need a copper mesh just infront of the detector to accelerate the electrons towards the MCP detector. I am doing the instrument design for the ...