The result of sampling the property of a system

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Measuring Activity

The formula for Activity of a radioactive substance is $ \frac{dN}{dt}=A=λN $. If we have an initial number $N(0)$ of some Radionuclide, which has a halflife of, say, 12 hours, is there any ...
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How does one compute the state of a quantum system following imperfect measurement?

Suppose I have a quantum system $S$ ("system") with Hamiltonian $H_S$ and initial density matrix $\rho_S(0)$. I allow $S$ to interact with another system $P$ ("probe"), which has Hamiltonian $H_P$ and ...
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Quantum indirect measurement with probes

I am wondering about the following hypothetical example regarding quantum measurements made by probes: An open, two-plate capacitor, in a LC circuit, has charge, q, that we want to measure. Each of ...
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Wave Function State Reduction As a Result of Quantum Measurement

This is a question about indirect quantum measurement, involving an observable of an object of interest and a probe that is used to measure that observable. In this experiment, an observable of the ...
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Is the saturation magnetization of a thin film different if you apply the field at different directions?

I'm getting different values of the saturation magnetization when I measure them in-plane versus out of plane. The saturation magnetization for the out of plane measurement is greater than in the in ...
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Spinor expectation value and measurement

I have a question about the difference between expectation value and probability of measurement. consider the spinor $\zeta = [-3\ \ 4i\ ]^T$ . The expectation value of $S_x$ is zero because : ...
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Probability that a measurement will be in some set

Let $\mathcal{H}$ be the Hilbert space of a quantum system and $A$ one observable in $\mathcal{H}$. If $A$ has discrete spectrum $\{a_n : n \in \mathbb{N}\}$ for simplicity, then by the postulates of ...
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Position from acceleration, or acceleration from position, to track an object moving the speed of sound

I'm working on a project that involves tracing the motion of a fast-moving object (approx the speed of sound) through a fairly defined trajectory. Would it be more accurate to measure the position of ...
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Photo Multiplier Tube Usage

How is it determined that a PMT measures only one photon ? By the energy that one photon is supposed to have ?
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Is it possible to determine when an accelerometer is in a vibrating state compared to a non-vibrating state?

I would like to know if so, how raw 3-axis accelerometer data could be analyzed and manipulated real-time to register periods of vibration. The device being used has a max sample rate of 62Hz (I ...
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measuring average directional intensity of LED?

Although I am poor at physics and math I want to compare two light sources of which I haven’t decided the specific brand yet. I was thinking of florescence bulbs versus LED lamps. So something like ...
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Does measurement really affect polarization?

The answer must be yes but I have trouble dealing with the explanation given here. As you can see the light is polarized at an angle theta to x axis. After it passes the polarizer A which is along x ...
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How to practically measure the heat capacity of a large object besides bomb calorimetry?

I need a practical solution to non-destructively measure the heat capacity of a variety of large objects containing many materials and having complex geometry which includes internal hollow areas. ...
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Given a dimension of a known object in the image, how can we calculate the dimension of other objects in the same image ?

The question considers a very specific scenario in which we have an image with let us say, two rectangle objects. We know width and height of one object. How can we calculate the dimensions of the ...
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Conductance measurement of InAs/GaSb Quantum Spin Hall Edges

My questions are related to recent article: http://arxiv.org/ftp/arxiv/papers/1507/1507.08362.pdf I can't figure out how their sample (wafers) actually looked like. In particular I can't understand ...
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Understanding measurement based quantum computing

I am currently reading M. A. Nielsen's review on Cluster-state Quantum Computation (Nielsen, Michael A. "Cluster-state quantum computation." Reports on Mathematical Physics 57.1 (2006): 147-161.). ...
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Uncertainty in the average of a series of photon counting measurements

I'm a bit stuck on a problem relating to statistics in photon counting. I'm measuring a spectra with a spectrometer and can set a measurement time and number of times to repeat the measurement in ...
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How is complex permittivity measured?

Complex relative permittivity is defined as $$\epsilon_r = \frac{\epsilon(\omega)}{\epsilon_0}=\epsilon_r^{\prime}(\omega) + i\epsilon_r^{\prime\prime}(\omega) = \epsilon_r^{\prime}(\omega) + ...
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Inaccuracy at measuring gravity constant with Cavendish experiment

For a scientific work for school I decided to measure the gravity constant with the Cavendish experiment. I set up a structure like the one suggested on this website: ...
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Calibration of a clock [duplicate]

I was inspired by this interesting question on this forum: How do I measure an earth year without a clock? Say you're stranded on an alien planet without any significant tools. How would you ...
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How to measure blue light at home?

I know that we can measure light intensity using a simple 'light meter' and I know that 'blue light' emitted by LCD monitors is in $400-470\,\mathrm{nm}$ spectrum. Since I have sensitive eyes, I want ...
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How accurately can you count electrons?

I read that with modern technology they can now shoot one electron at a time. Can you tell me how accurately it is possible to count charges, how it is made and how they did this in the past? How ...
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Does observing an EM wave take energy from it?

Here is the question that got be started on this: Suppose 1,000 people were sitting in a room with their laptops out and a WiFi transmitter in the front of the room. If everyone was connected to the ...
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Why don't non-Hermitian operators with all real-eigenvalues correspond to observables? [duplicate]

Suppose you could construct an operator that was non-Hermitian but had all real eigenvalues or could at least be restricted in a way to create only real eigenvalues, why would this operator not ...
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How would an eruption affect radiocarbon dating?

Nuclear testing above ground and the burning of fossil fuels might affect the outcome of radiocarbon dating. How would an eruption the size of Yellowstone or larger affect radiocarbon dating?
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What quantum measurement formalism is easiest to implement physically?

As part of my studies and research, I have learned to work with three different measurement formalism which I define to avoid any ambiguity with the nomenclature: General measurements, which are ...
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Can we measure everything? [closed]

Can anything which can't be measured exist in the physical world? Is there anything which is present in this physical world but can't be measured?
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How (i.e. with what instruments) can one measure electric flux? [closed]

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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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 ...