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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How can I tell apart the composition of my soft ferrites

I have an assorted bunch of soft ferrites. I need to know which ones are MnZn and which ones are NiZn, so I can sort them for usage at different frequencies.
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How does radiation degrade mechanical parts and electronic devices?

I'm running out of places to look (lots of Googling, SE, [articles and books are too specific and never give a good overview]), and yet I am still unsure about how exactly radiation can degrade ...
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Magneto Optical Kerr Effects

I have a few questions on MOKE setup. Firstly, why is calibration of the coils necessary? Is it to get a relationship between the voltage and the Magnetic field? Secondly, why do we have to normalise ...
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To describe crystallity structures of this ferromagnetic material

MOKE microscope picture of the ferromagnetic Material $Co_{40} Fe_{40} B_{20}$ of 20 nm thin film All other pictures look the same, also from different angles: [0,360] by 15 degree separation. I ...
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How can one reasonably theoretically model polycrystalline materials?

Many techniques are taught in advanced solid state courses but they are almost all derived for perfectly crystalline materials. For example, band structure really only appears theoretically when you ...
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Force problem related to adhesive and bonding

I have two PCBs (printed circuit board), and they are glued by adhesives, as show in the pictures. And the location of the adhesives are indicated on the picture (please notice that NO adhesive is ...
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Effects of cutting carbon nanotube buckypaper

Carbon nanotube buckypaper is a film/paper made from a mesh of carbon nanotube fibers, where each fiber is a bundle of a couple hundred nanotubes. This paper is flexible and tough like normal paper, ...
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physics of wet hair

I'm curious about the physics behind the clumping of wet hair. More specifically, how the amount of water in hair and distance between hairs affect the clumping process. I know intuitively that when ...
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Stress due to the mismatch of thermal expansion coefficients of two different attached materials

I'm simulating the thermo-electro-mechanical behavior of a copper wire which is surrounded by silicon dioxide. In other words, the wire segments is under mechanical and thermal loads and at the same ...
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Cold welding of a metallic surface

I have heard of cold welding, it's said that it's only possible if the surface is very clean. Can cold welding be accomplished by shearing a metal object and then immediately touching the newly ...
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How to calculate the coefficient of restitution for 2 bodies?

I have 2 rigid bodies (from different materials) in a collision. As you know I should have the coefficient of restitution value to get the velocities after collision. What is the information/values ...
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How does a fabric containing 10% stretch material make it stretchy?

Why should adding a small amount of a stretchy material make an otherwise non-stretchy fabric stretch? Shouldn't the non-stretch fibres still constrain the maximum stretch of the fabric?
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What is the volume magnetization of Fe3O4 (magnetite) monodomains at room temperature?

Magnetite is great stuff for making ferrofluids and has a huge amount of literature. Yet I can't seem to find an answer to the simple question in the title. The magnetization of various bulk ...
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Work functions of ceramics/insulators

Is anyone aware of or know of a good source or means of estimating the work function of a ceramic material? Typically, work functions are given for pure elemental metals, rather than for compounds, ...
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Why do some materials have a negative coefficient of thermal expansion in all directions?

Those materials are especially ceramic-glasses. I've found some studies about how does it happens in one dimension (for example a nanocrystalline has a silica helix that works like twisting spring, ...
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Why does aluminium-on-glass mirror work without distortion?

I have read an article about glass (zerodur) with low thermal expansion coefficient. It is mentioned that large casts of such glass are covered with reflective layer of Aluminium and used as mirrors ...
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Air bubbles in Ice and cause for their shape?

I was looking at the ice formed in my refrigerator and found out there were a lot of air bubbles inside it. The shape of the air pockets seemed strange to me. There were many small spherical ones ...
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Spring limitation

Is there any limitation in acceleration and frequency of a spring. Please, imagine a horizontal spring with an object of mass $m$ attached in the free side and the friction is neglected. ...
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How can you see the difference between a melamine plate and a plate with a melamine coating?

How can you see the difference between a melamine plate and a plate with a melamine coating?
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Semiconductor problem: how much Boron is required to establish a certain amount of charge carrier density

The problem description is as follows: Boron is used to dope 1 kg of germanium (Ge). How much boron (B) is required to establish a charge carrier density of 3.091 x 10^17 / cm^3. One mole of ...
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Why does sunlight cause colors to fade?

If you leave something outside, its colors seem to inevitably fade or bleach due to exposure. Is this due to UV absorption? What sort of mechanism causes this - is it that man-made dyes deform on a ...
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Degree of anisotropy of crystal tensors

Does there exist a scalar that can describe how anisotropic the elasticity of a crystal is? What about other tensors such as the permittivity or susceptibility? I found a Wikipedia article that was ...
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Malleability in metals

I am trying to understand malleability in metal as a result of the micro structure. I am focusing on the metals of antiquity (in order of decreased malleability): Gold, Silver, Copper, and Iron. While ...
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What factors cause the velocity saturation to occur at different electric fields for different materials?

In semiconductors the velocity of carriers gets saturated after a certain value of electric field. In silicon it occurs at around $10^4 kV/cm$ and in GaAs at some other value. What factors are ...
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Does metal sublimate?

I know that solid water (ice) sublimes ("evaporates" straight from solid to dissolved gas) in air. On the other hand, some metal objects seem to last forever (e.g. gold, stainless steel and other ...
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Reflectance spectrum and Real Refractive Index Relation

I have taken in the laboratory mesurment of the Reflectance spectrum of a material and via mathematica calculated the phase for Kramers-Kronig Relations,and finnaly i calculated from it the real part ...
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Mechanical properties and nanocoatings

How do you model the changes in the mechanical properties of materials coated in with nano-materials? If I coat abs plastic with amorphous diamond how does that change the sheer, tensile and other ...
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Ohmic and non-ohmic conductors

What sort of materials are ohmic and what sort of materials are non-ohmic? I have tried looking around on the internet and have not found any clear way to differentiate between ohmic and non-ohmic ...
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How absorption coefficient determines which material is used to make solar cells?

Does the knowledge of the material absorption coefficients aids engineers in determining which material to use in their solar cell designs? If yes, how?
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Why does adding thorium to a TIG welding electrode improve the arc?

Why does adding thorium to a TIG welding electrode improve the arc? What are the physics behind this and other tungsten alloys used for improving TIG electrodes?
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How does force transmit through a solid block?

If you take a solid block, say, a cube of side length $l$ with density $\rho$, you place it upon a solid floor, and you apply an external pressure of $p(x,y)$ on the upper face ($x$ and $y$ define a ...
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Why does a spring lose its energy when compressed for a long time?

Why does a spring lose a part of its energy when compressed for a long period of time? Is it because the material gets bent?
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What are the rules for breaking a glass with your voice?

So, this morning I woke up and remembered something I discussed about with one of my friends: Can human voice really break a wine glass? So I looked it up and after checking many websites and ...
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Does extreme cold make **everything** extremely brittle?

First of all, I'm genuinely sorry if this question isn't "serious" enough for this forum! A common cliche in movies and tv is that a very tough object (eg the villain) is frozen, and then hit with ...
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First-principles derivation of cutting force

I know that the amount of force required to separate a material from itself is linked to the surface energy of that material. However, looking at just the surface energy laughably underestimates the ...
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How much weight would I need to put on the end of a tube to break it?

Say I have a tube with a circular cross-section made from some material (for an example, I'd like to use acrylic). I support it horizontally from one end and hang a weight from the other end. How ...
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What is the physical process behind wool shrinking when dried?

Wool is a fibrous material, but other fibrous materials do not suffer the same problem. Let us set the scene; a woollen jumper shrinking when put in the washing machine, then the dryer. This involves ...
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Why does the refractive index not mirror the Lorentzian peak shape of the absorption index?

In the characterization of materials, there are many methods used: One of them is infrared spectroscopy. In a lab we saw the indices of refraction and absorption of a certain (semiconductor) solid ...
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Tension and compression in bicycle wheel spokes - what holds the wheel in place?

I assume that most of the weight of the bicycle is taken by spokes in tension, but there must also be a contribution from spokes in compression. Any idea of percentages?
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how much weight can you put on a bike tire? [closed]

How much weight can you put on a bike tire? What does it depend on?
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Why is elastic modulus greater than shear modulus?

I was looking at data for elastic modulus $E$ and shear modulus $G$, and found that $G$ is always lower than $E$. So I'm wondering what are the underlying principles that may be the cause of this. ...
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Is there a list of (the solid state version of) electron affinities?

I'm doing some energy band diagram analysis for a few scenarios, and I need the Electron affinity as defined in solid state physics for a few materials. Note that this is different than the one taught ...
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What will my diamond fibre shirt look like?

So, during an idle moment when I mused that our experimental setup would be a lot less hassle if it was made from a 1kg single crystal of diamond, this thought occurred to me... Since single crystal ...
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Grain boundary sliding in creep

To prevent grain boundary sliding so that creep is less likely to occur, usually engineers would design components of larger grains or have columnar grain structure to prevent grain-boundary sliding. ...
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A reliable aluminium battery that charges in a minute. What's the catch?

This article Ultra-fast charging aluminum battery offers safe alternative to conventional batteries, phys.org. reports on the finding by a Stanford group of an aluminium-ion battery that can ...
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Why will clay, when heated to high temperatures, harden and become waterproof?

I have a question Why will clay, when heated to high temperatures, harden and become waterproof?
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what is difference between homogeneous vs isotropic material?

When we say a material is isotropic? When properties such as density, Young's modulus etc. are same in all directions. If these properties are direction dependent, then we can say that the material is ...
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Help with a couple of materials science questions

My first post on this forum is asking for some assistance in answering some questions. I was hoping as well as being given an answer, you could offer a little explanation so that I can understand - ...
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Why is a substrate needed in growing GaN?

Is the substrate a layer on which GaN crystal grows on? Is there a way to grow free-standing GaN? Would the resultant crystal be full of defects?
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Could a long carbon nanotube be broken by hand?

Assuming we could get a single nanotube a metre long, would it be possible to break it by hand or would it slice through just about everything including flesh and bone? Could we even grip it, or would ...