The study of how the properties of matter arise from its structure at all scales and of how processing can be used to modify those properties (often in pursuit of a specific application).

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Do bifacial solar panels operate at lower temperature than normal solar panels?

Bifacial solar panels have a glass backplane instead of the usual aluminum and are designed to absorb and convert to electricity light incident on either face. Many manufacturers claim that their ...
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Why don't FCC metals have a brittle-to-ductile temperature transition?

I initially thought that it had something to do with the number of slip systems in FCC vs. BCC, but they're both the same.
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If my lattice has an atomic basis, do I also find the reciprocals of the basis vectors to get the reciprocal crystal structure?

That is what my crystal structure looks like. The blue atoms sit on every lattice point (basis vector of $\{0,0\}$) and the red atoms have basis vector of $\left\{{2\over3},{1\over3}\right\}$. The ...
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Trapping EM radiation [duplicate]

Is there a material which can allow light (or any other EM radiation) to pass through from one side as if it is transparent but its other side reflects light like a mirror?
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Calculation of number density from material density

Material density is given by $ \rho =m/V$, where $m$ is mass and $V$ is volume. Again number density given by $n=N/V$, where $N$ is the total number of particle. How can I calculate number density $n$ ...
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Why can we analyse force balance on a dislocation?

Dislocation (like screw or edge dislocation) is not a 'real' thing, while Newton's laws only apply to a real object (no matter macroscopic, like stars, or microscopic, like atoms). In the derivation ...
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Where does Computer Science background students fit in Theoretical Physics [closed]

I am basically an Electronics student - background in computer science (that's where I want to work). I applied for an internship in USA in a research institute where the group is focused in ...
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Friction between atoms in spring

if i doing experiment on spring-mass system in vaccum,if i pull the to some extent (within elastic limit of spring) & let it go,will the system oscillate indefinitely? (neglect contact frictions ...
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Best Materials Science Introduction Book?

Why is this here? Sorry, I know that this isn't the best place to put this however there does not seem to be any other stack exchange specific to this so I thought this would be the best place ...
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Stretching a piece of foil with a hole

I have a 20x20cm piece of foil with a circular hole of diameter 1cm in the centre. If I slowly stretch the foil both horizontally and vertically, what happens to the size of the hole? Does the size ...
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How does compression of carbon atoms work?

From what I understand, it's extremely difficult/ impossible to compress atoms closer together. I'm wondering how this applies in the case of graphite and diamond, where the carbon atoms adopt a ...
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Is there a readily available (or at least not theoretical) material that reflects only infrared light?

By way of context, please picture those little motion capture lights that are put over an actors body. I am interested in finding out if there is some kind of material that can do the same thing but ...
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Paper stiffness

As piece of paper is folded and unfolded, the stiffness of the sheet may seem to be greatly increased. To those of you who don't recognise it: take a sheet of A4 paper, grasp one of the edges and ...
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Extracting water out of silica gel [closed]

From my preliminary research I've learned that desiccants are a good (best?) method to absorb water from air. Assuming I'm using silica gel (or kitchen salt, or rice) then what is the best way to ...
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Current Physical Applications of Elastic Fractals

Are there any known uses of modeling with elastic fractals in current physical applications? (Especially uses concerning with self-similarity)
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Why can't a dislocation terminate in the bulk?

We are told that they can only terminate on surfaces, grain boundaries or other dislocations but we are not told why they can't terminate inside the crystal.
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How does a Photocell/Photoresistor work? [closed]

I'm just curious highschooler beginning an interest in electronics and this concept of light detecting resistance component is really intriguing to me. I assume it's an application of the ...
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What metals much harder than steel can be met in real life? Like pins in clothes security tags [closed]

Once I bought a piece of clothes and forgot to remove magnetic tag in the store. I found, that it consists of two disks, connected with thin pin (of some metal). I was sure it is possible to break ...
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Is there a derivation of all possible Bravais lattices in 2D and 3D?

Do any of you know a (possibly elegant) derivation of all possible Bravais Lattice and the Crystallographic Group of Lattices in 2 and 3 dimensions? Group theory /abstract nonsense approaches are ...
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Twisted Nematic liquid crystal: extent of degradation due to DC drive?

It is commonly accepted wisdom that a Twisted Nematic LCD must always be driven using AC instead of DC, because DC will supposedly denature the LC. I have two questions: Does this effect only happen ...
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X-Ray transparent material [duplicate]

I am looking for a material which is fully transparent to X-rays. In addition, it should be solid enough to serve as a substrate on which I will deposit some biomolecules.
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Learning roadmap for solid state physics [duplicate]

I am a PhD student in mathematics who knows little more about physics than what one learns in high school. For my research on tilings of space and aperiodic order, every now and then I have to skim a ...
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AWG chart for Tungsten

This is the American Wire Gauge (AWG) chart page for Copper that I found from Google: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_wire_gauge Is there a similar table for Tungsten/Wolfram available? Has ...
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Why is my ballpoint pen spatially temperamental?

I'm trying to write with a ball-point ink pen on a plastic[1] sandwich bag. When I try to write on some parts of the bag, no ink transfers to the bag: I can continue trying for quite a while in vain. ...
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Electrical machines: electrical and mechanical properties of steels and cast iron

I would like to know a good source of information for the common metals (steels and cast iron). Information that I need are basically the mass density and the electrical conductivity or resistivity. ...
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What is the cause of strain hardening and strain softening? [closed]

Why is it, that - if displayed in a strain/stress-diagram - the curve will at first be linear, and then change into a "curved shape", where it will first decrease again, and only later increase again? ...
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What properties of certain plastics make them x-ray transparent? [closed]

I was blown away by the abundance of good info here, and I thought maybe you could help me out with this query. I am in the process of developing a product, and I need to find a clear plastic resin ...
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Properties to select suitable materials for making permanent magnets

I have read that soft iron is suitable for making a permanent magnet. Because it is required for permanent magnet to have high coercivity and high retentivity. Same text also said earlier that soft ...
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What is the difference between Sapphire and BK7?

What is the difference between Sapphire and BK7 in optics (lenses), is it only about quality?
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Accelerating faster per second than the speed of sound?

What would happen if you were to accelerate one end of a material, say a steel rod for instance, at faster per second than the speed of sound in that material? For example, if the speed of sound in ...
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Stretching a rod? [closed]

The stress applied on a rod is linearly proportional to its strain. But shouldn't the opposite be true? I mean if you pull particles further apart doesn't the force they apply on each other decrease ...
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Hooke's law limitation question

Let's consider a spring. I am a strong man(well, lets assume) and I am pulling the spring. the work I do is being stored in the spring in the form of its elastic potential energy. Then suddenly, ...
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Liquid crystal shutter with >90% transmission?

Today's liquid crystal shutter glasses, when in the "transparent" state, exhibit only 40% light transmission. They work using two polarizer layers, one which is liquid crystal and goes {vertical ...
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What happen when a gas is being heated far beyond its boiling point?

let's say we pour some water to the Sun. Or boil water on 2000 degrees Celsius on Earth.
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Why does diamond have lower tensile strength than Iron?

Let me first give you the tensile strength of both substance: Diamond: 16000 MPa Steel : 2617 MPa As you guys should know, tensile strength is how much a ...
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Debye temperature for the steel?

I'm looking for data on Debye temperature of steel (ideally with a known carbon concentration, structure, and set of phases), but find only data on elements. Do You happen to meet the data in papers, ...
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What causes liquids to have different densities?

We know that different liquids have different densities and it is mass over volume. When the mass is more, then its gravitational attraction will be higher (Compared to other lighter atomic mass ...
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Wyckoff positions and lattice coordinations

Many papers use Wyckoff positions and Space Groups to report atom coordinates, making use of the structure's symmetries to save space in the notation (e.g. diamond = Fd-3m, only). How can I ...
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Effect of coarse vacuum on consumer electronics?

What is the long-term effects of storing materials in consumer electronics in a vacuum? Ie, plastics, electronic circuits and optical glasses?
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When a wire is stretched by a load, is there any change in its volume? [closed]

When a wire, or a rod(whose diameter is not negligible) is subjected to a tensile stress, is there any change in its volume? If yes, does the volume increase or decrease? Take into consideration both ...
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What is Conductance?

What is conductance? I am being said that conductance is inverse of resistance?I do know that resistance is the opposition to the flow of current but do not get conductance? I do know that:it is ...
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Microscopic origin of optical transmission

When light interacts with matter, it is abosrbed, reflected and transmitted. With repect to the UV-Vis range, electronic abosrptions occur, where if the incident photon mode matches the energy ...
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Can we make a space elevator/lift?

Is it possible to connect a long rope (excluding the danger of it's breaking) to a geostationary space station and use it to transport food and other necessary item's to the station and then ...
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Is there a physical reason steel balls are not suitable to play billiards with?

Steel is an elastic matter and is often used when demonstrating elastic collisions. We also make springs from it. Due to these properties and for its relative low price, it seems obvious to me to ...
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Using Moments to influence the thickness of beams in structure?

Are moments relevant to the thicknesses of beams in a structure (ie. the larger the moment the thicker the beam)?
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Does Polytetrafluoroethylene (Teflon) have low wind resistance?

It is reasonable to assume that covering for example an airplane with Teflon would lead to it having lower wind resistance? The reason why I ask is that Teflon "has one of the lowest coefficients of ...
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Why does the d-spacing of a polymer decrease as its crystallinity increases?

I am currently investigating the annealing of a polymer (Parylene-C). In my reading I have found that when the polymer is annealed, there is a decrease in thickness of the film which results from a ...
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Calculate the weight a simple plank can support [closed]

I'd like to build a simple desk; just a single plank of wood (or a few side-by-side) with solid supports on each end of the desk. What I'm trying to figure out is how thick a plank I want to use for ...
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Determining of Fracture Toughness without fatigue pre cracking, is it possible? [closed]

Determining of Fracture Toughness without fatigue pre cracking, is it possible? I want to find the consistent method for determining fracture toughness values without fatigue test for creating ...
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Material breaking underneath its breaking point (due to repeated load)

I'm trying to recall some fact that I learned in my college materials science class, where we learned concepts like stress vs. strain. I remember that materials like metal have a breaking point, and ...