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Why are most metals gray/silver?

Why do most metals (iron, tin, aluminum, lead, zinc, tungsten, nickel, etc.) appear silver or gray in color? (What atomic characteristics determine the color?) What makes copper and gold have ...
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Temperature effects on lead against radiation

I would like to know if bringing lead to near absolute zero temperatures would have any affects on how resistive it is against gamma radiation. It takes 40 centimeters of lead to reduce gamma ...
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Third-order susceptibilities of metals?

Can anyone point me to a source for measurements of the third-order nonlinear electric susceptibilities $\chi^{(3)}$ of various metals? Specifically in relation to the AC Kerr effect, so measurements ...
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Why are permanent magnets permanent?

Let me see if I get it right. When an iron bar is attracted by a permanent magnet it becomes a magnet itself because all of its magnetic domains start to point in the same direction. When the iron bar ...
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Is this a correct description of bonding in a metal?

I am reading the paper "Twenty five years of Finnis-Sinclair potentials" by Graeme Ackland, Adrian Sutton, and Vasek Vitek, Philosophical Magazine 2009, 89, 3111-3116. It is a review-type article ...
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Do Shape Memory Alloys (SMA) work harden?

We had a piece of this thin Shape Memory Alloy in class, (I think it was called nitinol, but I think thats a brand name) the teacher showed how it is very flexible and springy, and will return to it's ...
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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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Electrical conductivity of metals on heating

What effect does heating have on metals (to be specific, on the electrical conductivity) ? And why does it have that effect?
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How does the number of electrons and protons determine the melting point and hardness of a solid?

How does the number of electrons, neutrons and protons determine the melting point and hardness of a solid/metal? And is it possible to create custom elements which is very strong and have very high ...
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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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Why is the conductor an equipotential surface in electrostatics?

Since the electric field inside a conductor is zero that means the potential is constant inside a conductor, which means the "inside" of a conductor is an equal potential region. Why do books also ...
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Impurity scattering temperature dependence

Is there any temperature dependence of relaxation time in impurity scattering of conducting electrons? It seems to me that there is none. But, some people claim that there is. So if you could ...
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What is the work-function of a monolayer metal on a substrate with charge redistribution at the interface?

The work-function on subsrate/metal with nm thick (or above) metal layer generally reveal the intrinsic work-funtion of bulk metal. But what if there is a monolayer thick metal, and there is charge ...
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If we hit an electron will it go to an excited state?

For example i have a block of silicon doped with phosphorous and i hit it hard with a hammer will the energy get transfered to the block and make the electrons excited?
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Why is stainless steel a poor conductor of electricity?

I recently had a metal plate put in my shoulder and was wondering why stainless steel isn't a good conductor (At least I hope it isn't). Does the alloy just lack free electrons? Why is that?
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Why does Ohm's law ignore the Lorentz force?

For example, the usual derivation of the complex dielectric constant of metals (using the Drude model) makes use of the Ohm's law in the Maxwell's equations, but what is never mentioned is why they ...
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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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Why metals fused in vacuum? [duplicate]

On Earth when two pieces of metal comes into direct contact with each other, nothing amazing happens. In a complete vacuum condition the two metals fused permanently, how and why?
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How does the Hutchinson Effect work? [closed]

I have seen pictures online of metal ripped apart and metal completely messed up due to the Hutchinson Effect. How does this effect work and what are the other principles behind it?
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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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relation between chemically activity and work function and fermi level

I am trying to connect the following concepts together : "being chemically active", "work function" and "fermi level" I want to know if for a metal, "being chemically active" is equivalent to "its ...
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Is there any relation between temperature dependence of resistance and fermi energy in metals?

Given that the resistance varies linearly with temperature in metals, is there any way we can calculate the Fermi energy from this information?
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currents in an isolated metal exposed to an alternating uniform electric field

For example, let's look at a metal sphere between a capacitor's (infinite) plates. Let's run an AC current through the capacitor, resulting in an oscillating electric field. The charges will move in ...
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Lindhard function for surface plasmon

Is there anybody that knows how to calculate the Lindhard function for the surface plasmon (between the surface of two metals of different dielectrics)? What I'm looking for is to find this function ...
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Why does magnet attract iron but not other metals?

While searching, i found this page: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/home/stoi/Why-does-a-magnet-attract-iron/articleshow/4298171.cms but it does not have full explanation. So Please tell full ...
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When heat is applied to the top of a stack of pennies, why does the bottom penny melt first?

I just watched this video where a blow torch is used on the top of a stack of pennies. I'd like to know why the bottom penny melted first.
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Is there any material that is NOT conductive and IS magnetically attractive?

Is there any material which is NOT conductive and IS magnetically attractive? I am in need of a material which I can shape and use within a machine. It must be very attracted to magnets similarly to ...
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Semiclassical description of EM waves reflection from metallic surfaces

Imagine an EM wave impinging on a metal. Fresnel's formulas tell us that no wave can propagate through the metal, or that the transmitted field is an evascent wave with some penetration depth ...
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Why does Platinum evaporate if left long enough?

I have been reading into research relating to the redefining the 1 kg weight as the current Platinum-Iridium is becoming smaller. In this article, here, it mentions that the original metal weight ...
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Can work hardening of a metal be avoided?

My left earbud recently broke mid-wire: the bit that I like to fiddle with and bend. I fixed it, but I was wondering whether there are metals that don't work harden, or resistant to it? Is there a ...
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Why does a gold leaf appear blue if made very thin?

Is this to do with excitation of electrons and emission of photons? Or is it more to do with the structure of the gold I.e. Only small wavelengths being able to pass through gaps between atoms? EDIT: ...
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Can metal rods detect underground wires?

Until not long ago, I was working in the drilling and infrastructure business. Some people I was working with used metal rods as a "quick and dirty" method of detecting underground wiring, before ...
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Does illuminating a conductor with light energy less than its workfunction change the measured conductivity?

For example, does the light absorbed in an exposed metal wire increase the average velocity of the electrons, hence increasing mobility and conductance?
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Measuring electric conductivity

My daughter is doing a science experiment on which metal (e.g., copper, silver, aluminum, iron) has maximum electric conductivity. We are assuming we can accomplish this by using different metal, 3 to ...
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Why are some elemental materials grey?

How does grey occur in elemental materials such as metals? I believe that grey arises from the simultaneous reflection and absorption of all colors of the spectrum (in different atoms of course), as ...
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Free vs Bound Charges, especially in metals

Are conduction band electrons in metals generally considered free charges or bound charges for E&M purposes? I'm not asking about freedom in the sense of being able to escape the potential well ...
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Why does room temperature water and metal feel almost as cool as each other?

From what I've read about heat, temperature and conductivity, I understand that the reason water at room temperature feels colder than most other things at the same temperature (like wood, air, ...
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What will happen if I throw chocolate figure on hot red fan?

What will happen if i throw chocolate figure on hot red fan. Fan, of course, is sucking in my figure, but will it evaporate, or it will be thrown away in liquid form? Lets take fan with steel blades, ...
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materials that repel positrons?

In this article is discussed at some length positron formation in metallic surfaces. Positrons have work functions that describe how much energy they have to receive in order to be extracted from the ...
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Like viscoelastic polymers, why there are not storage and loss moduli for cast iron?

Viscoelastic polymers have different paths upon loading and unloading, so there is energy dissipation, so they have storage and loss moduli. Plastic behavior is also shown by cast iron: loading and ...
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What happens to the electrons when metal gets cut or broken?

For example, if I take an iron rod (or thread) and cut it in half, could it happen that one side remains with an extra electron or would it balance out too fast? If possible, do the parts simply ...
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How to calculate the speed of electrons in a metal

According to the Sommerfeld model, the electrons on the Fermi level has the relation $$ \epsilon_F=\frac{\hbar^2k_F^2}{2m_e}=\frac{1}{2}m_ev_F^2 $$ i.e. $\hbar k_F=m_ev_F$ with $k_F=(3\pi^2n)^{1/3}$ ...
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If an common metal is induced with a static dipole moment, won't the the positive side be weaker?

To my knowledge, common metals with metallic bonding is formed through free electrons within its lattice structure. If say we are to shift the free roaming electrons to one side and therefore minutely ...
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Why do most metals appear silver in color with gold being an exception from a scattering and EM viewpoint?

Related: Why are most metals gray/silver? After reading Johannes’ impressive answer to Ali Abbasinasab question of why do most metals appear silver in color with the exception of gold (and copper), ...
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Why does carbon alloy with iron specifically?

Everyone knows what an alloy is: it's a metal made by melting two (or more) other metals together. Unless of course you're talking about steel. That's a metal made by mixing carbon (very much not a ...
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Will a sodium bell ring clearly after being submerged in liquid nitrogen?

Lead is fairly soft at room temperature but rings clearly when cooled to liquid nitrogen temperatures. Sodium is even softer. If cooled to liquid nitrogen temperature, could it also ring?
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Physical sides of Electromagnetic Wave Propagation as nonlinear in metal

This Wikipedia page says that the electromagnetic wave propagation in air can be done by Freshnel transform: $$U_{0}(x,y) = - \frac{j}{\lambda} \frac{e^{jkz}}{z} \int\limits_{-\infty}^{\infty} ...
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Can I use ultrasound to detect metal underground? [closed]

I am doing research which aim to detect metal underground. I know that most metal detectors are based on the concept of change of inductance of an inductor caused by mutual inductance with a ...
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How can colors from heat tinting depend on temperature only?

Colors caused by heat tinting of a material can be listed by temperature. For example, for carbon steel: ...
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Why don't metals bond when touched together?

It is my understanding that metals are a crystal lattice of ions, held together by delocalized electrons, which move freely through the lattice (and conduct electricity, heat, etc.). If two pieces ...