The result of sampling the property of a system

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Problem with tracing over the environment and obtaining reduced density operator

I'm reading an article by Bas Henson given here. On page 25 he deals with the double slit experiment Given the wavefunction which is his equation 1.75, he claims he has traced over the environment ...
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How (i.e. with what instruments) can one measure electric flux? [on hold]

Supposing we have a charge distribution and some curve $C$ bounding a surface $S$, how does one measure the electric flux through $S$ with practical equipment/instrumentation? Does one use a ...
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Where to measure?

In all my experiments (at the university) so far, I nearly always took my measurements on an equispaced grid over the whole measurement space. And now I asked myself, why? Is there a theory of where ...
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Differences in measurement between quantum physics and classical physics?

I know that there are differences in measurement due to quantisation, probability, and collapse in quantum physics, but I am having trouble explaining how these ideas relate to measurement in an ...
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Basics of experimental error 'bookkeeping'

In scientific experiment, I know that it is very important to know the exact level of error contained in a result, but I am not sure what the correct procedure is to 'keep book' of these errors. I ...
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Measurements and errors

I've measured several values of $V$ and $I$ in a simple circuit to determine de value of a resistance $R$: $$R=\frac{V}{I}$$ I have a list of points $(V,I)$ with their corresponging error (from the ...
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Has the speed of gravity been measured experimentally? How? [duplicate]

In Newtonian physics, changes in gravity propagate instantly. In general and special relativity, gravity propagates at the speed of light, $c$. From reading answers to questions about gravity on this ...
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Does infinite actually occurs?

I tend to deny any claim that $X$ is infinite, where $X$ is anything from our observable universe. For instance: The number of grains of sand on Earth is infinite? No, it is a big number but not ...
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Do we regularly measure and update our physical constants (By using the LHC)?

This question is motivated by sheer curiosity. I certainly do not expect that the free parameters we use in the standard model have changed in value since we started measuring them with a "modern" ...
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Why is a silicon ball with an exact number of atoms a bad measure of mass?

I have some friends that are talking about why a silicon ball with an exact number of atoms is a good/bad measurement of mass (1kg) and things are getting pretty exotic. Is there a layman's ...
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Are measurements of time and distance independent or always coupled by the speed of light

In texts about special relativity the light clock is usually described as a tool to measure time $t$. It counts how often light travels along a given distance $d$, i.e. $t = d/c$, where $c$ is the ...
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How can the orbit of Jupiter's moons be used to calculate the speed of light? [duplicate]

How can the orbit of Jupiter's moons be used to calculate the speed of light? It seems this was one of the first methods and goes back to 1656.
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How does one describe a state with a density matrix after measuring position?

My question is about position measurement in non relativistic quantum mechanics. I've been taught that when you measure the value of an observable for some state of a system described by ...
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Measuring Charge Density

I am running tests with metal electrodes and I am trying to find a value for charge density which I can use in calculations. If I have two vertical electrodes across which I am applying a voltage, how ...
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Reporting uncertainty values measured using analog instruments

If an Ammeter has a graduation of 1 mA and we assume that the best we can read is half this range, i.e. 0.5 mA. In this case, one can read something like 37.5 mA, or 12.0 mA. So the reported value ...
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How might we measure the size of a proton? (Without high energy collisions) [closed]

What methods could we use to measure the diameter of sub-atomic particles. Please think of something inventive, like an indirect technique. Or name some of the lesser known techniques that have been ...
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What are the longest half-lives we can detect experimentally? What stops us going further? Are we trying to?

Xenon 136, apparently, has a half-life of 2.11×1021 years. This strikes me as a humongously long time to run an experiment, clocking in at about 11 orders of magnitude longer than the age of the ...
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Simultaneous measurement for quantum entanglement

In the simple example that we measure the spin of two entangled particles, we measure one to have spin up so we know the other has spin down. If we could (theoretically) measure both particles at the ...
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Is there any restriction on the ability to measure the full quantum state of a system without inducing backaction?

Suppose an arbitrary quantum system is in the state $ \mid \Psi \rangle $, which may or may not be a function of time. An initially ignorant obsevrer would like to figure out what $ \mid \Psi ...
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Packets of information in the real world

Please excuse this apparently naive question. no one appears to have the answer. If a standard packet of data is travelling down a standard fibre, what is the physical time taken between the first ...
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Can I measure distance with sound through soil?

Can you measure distance (cca. with precision 0.1m-1m) with sound through soil. I know this is really crazy think to do, but I have this idea quite for a while. Basically I will set speakers on fix ...
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Does really m^3/m yields m^2? [closed]

Apart the evidence that such assumption works in physics formulae, how can someone make a statement like that? Maybe the formuale works just because are worked around that assumption? Why phyicist do ...
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How do we measure thermal energy?

My textbook says "The amount of thermal energy is found by measuring the temperature of the substance." However, how is this true? Temperature measures only the average kinetic energy of the particles ...
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Rules of thumb for estimating visual angles

Tonight I've looking at an optical phenomenon presenting as rather large ring around the moon. I'm thinking it's probably a 22 degree halo, but it seems kind of big... maybe 46. Anyway, I realised I ...
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Can a Bell state measurement be described in the Von Neumann measurement scheme?

I have been reading and studying this article recently about non-local weak measurements and quantum erasure. Usually the weak measurement formalism is described using the Von Neumann scheme for ...
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Relative uncertainty blows up near offset

I'm looking to calculate the relative uncertainty for a magnetic field measurement. My device takes an initial reading but then performs operations on this using its calibration parameters. My ...
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How to measure the diameter of a thin wire? [closed]

I'm working on a project and I need to measure the diameter of a thin bare copper wire but I don't know how. Can you please tell me a way to measure the diameter of a wire? Can you give me a way, ...
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Information and entaglement via determination of the first's system state with interaction

Could we have entangled systems (microscopical or macroscopical) and construct a way of altering the state of one of the two entangled parts (let's say by Alice) via interaction and thus making the ...
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Measurement of drag (?) tension between two surfaces

I want to know if there are (reasonably inexpensive) devices to measure the tension between two surfaces. Beware of my terminology: the first help I need is to actually formulate my question ...
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How accurate is the Callendar-Van Dusen equation?

... over 0 degC to 100 degC? The equation itself can be found here I can do a very accurate one point calibration of a 1/10 DIN PT100 sensor at 0 degC. If I use the equation to correct for non-linear ...
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How do scientists measure miniscule constants like the mass and charge and speed of an electron?

What can measure the extremely tiny mass of an electron? Is it through indirect means? The same goes for charge. The pull of a single electron must be infinitely small. And if one is to attempt to ...
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Stern-Gerlach apparatus, measurement problem? [closed]

Consider the diagram below: It is 3 Stern-Gerlach apparatus along with some 'lenses' (illustrated here by lines). Question What would the output at A and B be? Additional information The ...
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Vernier Caliper the principle behind it [closed]

I know how to use a caliper but on what principle does devices like caliper and screw gauge works. Can someone derive its formulae. I am more or less interested in its mathematical aspect.
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How does one measure the state probabilities of a 2 level Hydrogen atom qubit?

I have been struggling with trying to understand how one could measure the probabilities of a superimposed Hydrogen atom's two energy states. Say the atom is in a superimposed state: Psi = a|0> + ...
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Limits on the information obtained through optical measurements

Consider a Gedankenexperiment shown in the figure below. There are two lasers $S1$ and $S2$ with exactly the same specifications on paper. In practice, they are of course somewhat different but ...
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How can I measure a length of over 4 feet to an accuracy of 1/100th of an inch?

How can I measure a length of over 4 feet to an accuracy of 1/100th of an inch ? I want to make several metal standard bars of a particular lengths, some of which are over 4 feet and I want the ...
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Number of significant figures

I am looking for an intuitive answer that will explain me why there are only two significant figures in say the number 1500. Also definition from wikipedia: The significant figures of a number ...
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Is there a maximum accuracy for positions in the universe?

I was thinking how, since an object in our universe can move from one position to another, it must have passed through all the positions between those two positions. (I am thinking it moved it a ...
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What is source of Infrared Radiation from some solid object? [duplicate]

I use a Fluke infrared temperature measurement meter for various applications. I have not thought too much about the source of that infrared radiation until recently. Assume some solid with maybe a ...
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How to measure temperature of a laser cooled sample at picoKelvin temperatures?

I'm reading about laser cooling.. my question is: how can the temperature of the sample be measured? (using laser cooling we can reach $10^{-12}K...)$
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Question about the double slit experiment

If we measure a particle before it passes through the slit, would we see the particle or the interference pattern on the screen after the slits?
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Compatible Observables and Measurement

Suppose $A$ and $B$ are compatible observables (i.e. $[A,B] = 0$). We take the eigenkets of $A$ to be $|a_1 \rangle \ldots |a_N \rangle$. Further, we suppose that the first $k$ eignekets of $A$ are ...
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How do we measure mass?

How do you measure mass? Weight is easy using a scale, but we can't measure mass that way, because then mass would be different on every planet. I know there was a Veritasium video (here) on defining ...
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Thermistor calibration - estimation of number of reference temperature points needed

A thermistor changes resistance with the temperature in a non-linear way and follows the exponential Arrhenius equation. Two reference points, ice slush water and boiling water, are used for ...
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Measurement of two qubits in a tensor product space

I understand that if we have two qubits, say $\Psi \in \mathcal{H}_1 \bigotimes \mathcal{H}_2$ where Alice has the first qubit, and she makes a measurement and ends up with the state $\phi \in ...
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How to measure the fineness of a textile fibre by diameter and fibre length?

I measured the diameter (um) and the fibre length (cm) of different (loose) textile fibres and have an average. Now there must be a relation between these two factors that gives an idea of the ...
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Problem on Einstein - de Haas experiment

I am a Physics student (4th year) and I'm trying to study the Einstein - de Haas effect in laboratory. That is what I got: a suspended Iron cylinder with about 5 cm height and a radius of 0.8 cm is ...
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measuring distances

We measure distances using half of the time of flight of light, 'a la Einstein'. What is the geometrical shape of the surface that is the locus of the points that are at a definite distance of an ...
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Do subatomic particles have finite size?

We know atoms are mostly "made" out of empty space, so the nucleus and all the subatomic particle are very small in compared to the magnitude of the atoms. We also know that atoms are incredibly ...
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How does one measure the power factor?

How does one measure the power factor? $$\text{power factor}\equiv\frac{\text{power}}{|V||I|}=\frac{R}{\sqrt{R^2+(1/\omega^2C^2)}}$$ for an RC circuit driven with $V(t)=V_0\cos{(\omega t)}$.