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Uncertainty principle-QM [duplicate]

I some trouble understanding the uncertainty principle. I understand most of the math derivation but not the physics. Is there any intuitive explanation of this idea, and why is the uncertanty does ...
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Does a measurement always require the exchange of energy?

Can you measure something about something without adding or removing energy from it? This comment has got me wondering if there is a way to measure a property or a quantity of something without some ...
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How to read numbers reported in this LIGO paper?

I am not sure how to read the numbers in this excerpt from the abstract of GW151226: Observation of Gravitational Waves from a 22-Solar-Mass Binary Black Hole Coalescence: Are the +/- small ...
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How to measure relative phases of quantum states

If I have a large number of identical systems in identical quantum state $\Psi$ and an observable $A$ whose eigenstates are $\alpha_n$: $$ \Psi = \sum_n c_n \alpha_n $$ I can get absolute values ...
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How the data or models given in physics or mathematics problems can be obtained in real life? [closed]

When ever there is physics or mathematics problem. we are already given a mathematical model. Can't we make own models from given diagrams or data collected from the problem? sometimes angle is given ...
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What are the effects of compositional changes in a thermocouple's junction?

We use thermocouples (type B) to measure the temperature of metals (Fe, Ag, Pd, etc) in a furnace under pressure. We weld two thermocouple wires together using an arc welder. This junction then comes ...
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Error Analysis involving random errors

The question goes like this: In an experiment, the time period of an oscillating object in five successive measurements is found to be $0.52$s, $0.56$s, $0.57$s, $0.54$s, $0.59$s. The least count ...
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How to find the covariance matrix after a partial homodyne measurement?

The Gaussian state of two modes, with quadrature operators $X_1,P_1,X_2,P_2$, is given by a displacement vector $d$ and covariance matrix $\sigma = \begin{bmatrix} Var(X_1,X1) & Var(X_1,P_1) &...
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How can I measure the amplitude of a light wave?

Suppose I have a light wave and I want to measure its amplitude, or check to see if it has an amplitude of a certain value: how would one go about doing this?
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Combining two data points with different uncertainties

I have two separate algorithms (call them "A1" and "A2") which reconstruct the $(x, y)$-position of an event in a particle detector. I can test both of these algorithms on simulated events from a very ...
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Does the definition of the metre have to take into account spacetime curvature?

The definition of the metre is: The metre is the length of the path travelled by light in vacuum during a time interval of 1/299792458 of a second Does this have to be modified in a ...
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Systematic+Random Uncertainty for velocity measurement

I have a question regarding systematic and random uncertainties. I have to measure the mean value of a velocity measurement in flow field at a point. I've recorded say 1000 samples in time, which I ...
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How to measure the mass and balance point of a human forearm?

I've been trying to find this out for about a month now. I'm usually met with humorous but not really helpful comments about chopping my own arm off. I'm preferably looking to do this on a budget ...
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Is there an official list of independent units of measurements?

When I say 'independent units', I mean those which cannot be broken down anymore, and simultaneously forms the basis for any more, complex measurements. For example, height, length, and width can all ...
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Is there a way to measure the thickness of a metallic plate of order of micrometers?

I have a $5 cm×5 cm×? \mu m$ copper plate. Where '$?$', the thickness of the plate, is really small (about 30um). Is there anyway using physics to calculate the thickness? Update: Sorry I forgot ...
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How do laser “tape measures” work?

There is a device available for about $\$40$, which fits in the palm of the hand, runs on two AA batteries, and can measure distances up to $50\,{\rm ft}$ to an accuracy of $\sim \frac{1}{8}''$ ($\sim ...
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making sense of measures in electronics

I am in secondary school in the UK, and at this point in physics the information we are given is very vague at a fundamental level. My main concern is with electricity and circuits, and the measures ...
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Is wavefunction collapse “global”?

I have the feeling that the premises of this question may not be coherent (so to speak), but here goes: Suppose we have a system $X$ in a quantum superposition between states $0$ and $1$, say, with ...
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Estimate heating wires temperature

Im design a power supply to work with heating wires and one of the task is to estimate the temperature of the bare wire for a given current or power consumption. I've tried to measure the ...
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Measurements in quantum mechanics

Why does measurement change things? I read that measurement changes things because we have to bounce photons off an object to 'see' it and that changes its position, momentum etc... But on the other ...
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Why doesn't precessing a spin cause a measurement?

When an electron is placed in a magnetic field, its spin precesses. Why doesn't this reveal the spin via angular momentum being transferred into the environment? Impractical Thought Experiment ...
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How can I measure radiance?

I'd like to measure radiance in order to see how accurate the Lambertian, Phong models are and maybe to measure the "shininess constant" of a material (which appears in the Phong Model) on some ...
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How precise can current technologies measure the mass of an object?

Masses of various objects are listed on this wikipedia page: Orders of magnitude (mass). For example, mass of an HIV-1 virus is on the order of 1 femtogram. Are these data actually measured (which I ...
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Why does't the use of the same number of significant digits result in consistent result?

Here is a table: $ \begin{array}{ c c c c c c c } Trial number & Time for 20 cycles & Period & Frequency & Wavelength & Velocity (wavelength*frequency) & Velocity (wavelength/...
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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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Measurement on two Qubits

Assuming I have two Qubits, i.e. a four-dim. Hilbert space. In the following, I choose the basis {|11>,|10>,|01>,|00>}. I want to have a look on the non-diagonal part <11|$\rho$|00>. How can I ...
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Total uncertainty of multiple stereo camera depth measurements

I have a stereo camera that measures depth for a rectangular area of pixels in a single image. Each depth measurement is obtained independently (this goes back to the stereo matching algorithm used). ...
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Calculating statistical significance of peak over background in counting experiment

I histogrammed the invariant masses of particular events in a counting experiment. There is a specific peak which towers over the expected exponential background. How can I give the statistical ...
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Correction for uncertainty of multiplications and divisions

The conventional means of obtaining uncertainty of $c$ where $c = a \cdot b$ is adding percentage uncertainty of $a$ and $b$. This method seems to have a flaw as shown below (please excuse me if I am ...
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Rarefaction/compression events detection using time resolved sound measurement

I had a question about sound measurement in air using a B&K condenser microphone. In the acquired time resolved sound measurement signal I can see both negative and positive voltages/ pressure ...
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Why the Du Noüy ring method does not depend on the material the ring is made of?

Du Noüy ring method is a way to measure surface tension. Why the measured force, $$F= 2\pi \cdot (r_i + r_a) \cdot \gamma$$ does not depend on the material the ring itself is made of? Wouldn't a ...
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Terminology for 'inferring the current state of a quantum system as it evolves and gets measured out of your control'

Suppose I hand you a quantum computer in an unknown state, but running a known program. You know the program and which part of the program is currently being executed. The program tells the computer ...
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Frequency combs measurment

How is a frequency comb actually used to measure something? For example: I don't know the length of my pen, so I take a ruler and measure it -- it reads 10 cm, so now I know my pen is 10 cm. From my ...
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How to quantify the level of non determinism / randomness in the universe

I recently read a little about the Bell test (I'm not a physicist, but reasonably well educated) and I started wondering if there is a way to express the level of non-determinism as a single number ...
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Finding the random uncertainty of a set of values [closed]

Ok, for the switch-on voltage of a red LED I have the readings as follows, all in volts: $$ 1.45, 1.46, 1.46, 1.44, 1.45 $$ The mean of these readings, in volts, is $1.45$ (I rounded up to $2$ decimal ...
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Decoherence Free Subspaces and how they stay this way, using the Zeno Effect

I am currently reading papers discussing the Zeno Effect, which discuss how measuring a system at high frequencies can almost freeze the state of a system, or keep the system in a specific subspace of ...
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How is the total spin of a particle actually measured?

Say I have a fermion whose total spin I do not know. I then use a stern gerlach setup to measure $S_z$. If I find +1/2, I could say that the total spin is $1/2$. But it could also be the eigenket $|3/...
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Radius of $n^\rm{th}$ orbit of an atom in terms of Bohr's Radius

Bohr's Radius$=0.529$ Angstroms My book says that the radius of $nth$ orbit of any atom can be calculated by: $$r=n^2 a_o$$ where $a_o$ is Bohr's Radius. But I think it should be given by following ...
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How to find the error of all the counts within the Full Width Half Maximum (FWHM)?

We've been doing Gamma ray spectroscopy and have peaks from various sources. We'd use Poisson statistics, but obviously the detector doesn't have a resolution of zero, thus we are summing the counts ...
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Could neutrinos be used to take high resolution pictures of atomic nuclei?

Of course, this is obviously not feasible with modern technology but is it theoretically possible?
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Practicality of measuring observables

In quantum mechanics Hermitian operators acting on the Hilbert space of a system are observables. From what I understand this means that there is some measurement we can do such that the eigenvalues ...
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How well can we localize gravitational wave sources?

A recent question cited a story about the recent gravitational wave detection saying that we can use the gravitational wave sensing to find supernova earlier in their process of collapse: [with ...
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How to (safely) measure the surface area of a human body? [closed]

Here's a question just for curiosity. You measure mass on scales. You could measure volume by submerging in a bath with a snorkel system. But how could you measure a living human's surface area ...
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How could the BOE (barrel of oil equivalent) be measured?

The barrel of oil equivalent was given as an example of gigajoule scale energy. "The barrel of oil equivalent (BOE) is a unit of energy based on the approximate energy released by burning one barrel (...
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Calculate how many photons hitting a sample that are absorbed

In the determination of the quantum yield of a photoisomerization, $\Phi,$ the following is needed $$ \Phi = \frac{\mbox{Number of "reactions"}}{\mbox{Number of absorbed photons}} $$ The photon flux ...
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Venturi “Turn Down” [closed]

I'm sorry if this isn't the right forum for this question, but physics is the only stackexchange which had many results for Venturi. I'm trying to measure the flow of air through a 16mm hose/pipe ...
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Is there any well-defined, measurable atomic size?

Is there any well-defined, measurable size at the atomic scale? I was under the impression that the van der Waals radius was a good way of describing the size of an atom, but it turns out to be a ...
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Is there a tool to measure the chemical potential of a system?

Let's suppose I put you inside a room filled with a gas. You can measure its pressure directly with a barometer. You can measure its temperature directly with a thermometer. Can you measure its ...
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How precisely do we know the van der Waals radius of hydrogen?

I've found several sources that say the van der Waals radius of hydrogen is $120 pm$. How precisely do we know this number? What order of magnitude is the error on this measurement?
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Simultaneous measurement of non-commuting observables without uncertainty

A pair of non-commuting Observables $\hat{X}$ and $\hat{P}$ does not have a common set of eigenfunctions, i.e., it can not be measured simultaneously. Let us for the sake of simplicity assume that $[\...