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How can IR cameras see things colder than the camera?

I’ve read that only cold-blooded animals develop IR vision to spot warm prey because a mammal would blind himself with his own heat and not be able to see anything. But I’ve seen a FLIR camera, ...
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Best way to diminish or cover up Highway noise on my outside deck? [on hold]

What is the best way to diminish or cover up Highway noise that disturbs me on my deck at home? I live in the hills above Silicon Valley, with lots of trees that help, but need it quieter. I have ...
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How to convert noise (Lwa db) for a particular distance?

If default noise level is given, how can I calculate the noise level at a particular distance? For example, if a generator says it's noise level is Lwa $99 ~\mathrm{db}$; how much noise level in $~\...
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Hearing background noise from earphone while there isn't any connection

Once my friend told me that he was listening some background noise while his earphones were not plugged in any device. I didn't believe him but 10 minutes ago I experimented the same. I can certainly ...
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Reference request: Noise

I'm at a conference on applications of precision measurement to tests of physics beyond the standard model, and one of the pervasive themes is noise analysis. Unfortunately, my familiarity with this ...
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Coupling constant for an object in a photon gas

I want to model a photon gas as a bath of harmonic oscillators, and examine the effects of this bath on a system which is also a harmonic oscillator. The trouble I'm having is in relating the ...
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Transition rate of two level system subjected to noise

(this question is simpler than its length implies. I did this on purpose to provide a nice complete development for future readers) The setup Suppose we have a two-level quantum system with ...
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Gaining intuition over Hamiltonian for qubit systems

A typical Hamiltonian for a two state system with some driving field can be written as $$H=J(t)\sigma_z+h\sigma_x$$ This represents a qubit system driven along a single axis. On the other hand we ...
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Dependence of Noise Tolerance of waves

Electromagnetic waves are used for transmission of any message. And different kinds of waves have different noise-tolerance. If my guess is right then the noise tolerance is a property of wave which ...
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Noise created due to change in Air Pressure

Background : My blower in one of the experiments is generating noise due the a short airflow path to atmosphere. The reason is due to a sudden change in pressure (high to low) the high noise is ...
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Is this thought experiment violating the the Second Law of Thermodynamics?

There is an adiabatic box, with a board in the middle, which is adiabatic too.The board separates the box into two parts and there is a small hole in it, which is close to a coil and the hole has a ...
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Outdoor noise 55dB, how loud will it be (on average) 10-12 feet away?

If an outdoor air conditioner component that makes 55dB maximum noise at high speed operation, how far away would a neighbor have to be to not hear it?
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Spherical Harmonic fitting excess polar magnitudes

I am trying to fit an expansion of spherical harmonic functions to a dataset distributed over the surface of a sphere using the least squares method. Each data point is in terms of $(r,\theta,\varphi)$...
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Why is dark current on CCD devices pixel dependent

I'm reading about sources of noise in cameras while taking images - One of them is the dark current. That is, some electrons in the CCD device of a camera are set free due to thermal noise. Those free ...
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Finding the noise spectral density of a quantity made from different noisy components

I'm looking for the expression of the noise spectral density of the magnetic flux $\Phi$ generated by a noisy voltage signal $V$ applied to a resistor with Johnson-Nyquist noise $R$ which produces a ...
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How does LIGO remove the effects of environmental noise?

Since LIGO is dealing with readings at nanometers, events such as vehicles driving nearby, and constant (but extremely minor) tremors of the earth can cause movement with the mirrors at nanometers. ...
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LIGO detection statistic, SNR formula

According to B. P. Abbott paper published in Physical Review Letters, "Observation of Gravitational Waves from a Binary Black Hole Merger" http://journals.aps.org/prl/abstract/10.1103/PhysRevLett....
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How can LIGO's measures be unequivocaly tied to gravitational waves? [duplicate]

I understand that there are 2 devices so that the signal cannot have a local stimulation as a source. But why couldn't it be seismic activity for instance? Given the accuracy of the devices couldn't ...
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Relating noise spectral densities of magnetic flux and voltage

My problem is as follows. I generate a voltage $V$. This voltage is applied to a resistor R, producing a current $I$. This current is then passed through a superconducting coil, producing a magnetic ...
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How can noise be used in physics simulations? [closed]

I have been studying chaotic dynamical systems and noise. What is the difference between chaos and noise? I have looked over the internet for a good definition of what noise is but I haven't managed ...
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Finding the dependence of dephasing time on flux noise in Transmon Qubits

Before introducing some relevant concepts I'll begin by stating my question. What I am looking for is the connection between the noise the flux through the SQUID in my transmon qubit (related to the ...
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Phase noise measurement with an IQ mixer

I have a question regarding a measurement scheme of phase noise that I'm trying to implement. The idea is that I have two identical signal generators (I actually do) that generate a sinusoidal voltage ...
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How does LIGO reduce noise below what it is detecting? [duplicate]

LIGO is designed to detect changes in length on the order of 10,000ths the scale of a proton. I know they are extremely well isolated from their surroundings, but how could we even approach isolation ...
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Meaning of 'inertial term'

I'm working through a textbook and it includes the equation $m \ddot{x} + m \gamma \dot{x} = \frac{-du}{dx}+\xi(t) $. It says that we can "neglect the inertial term" from this for the next step. ...
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Acoustical Design considerations for Active Noise Cancellation Project for Air vent [closed]

I am working on ''Active noise cancellation for air vent'' project. I am using NI myRIO1900, Audio Technica ATR 3350 omni directional microphones and Tevion Loudspeakers. I have done the programming ...
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Pink noise in low-dimensional systems

Pink noise (1/f) is often cited as a signature of complex or critical systems. Is it possible for a low-dimensional time-independent first-order system to generate pink noise? Intuitively it seems ...
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poisson noise - physical model

I have a small puzzle regarding a following physical model. There is a proton detector which can measure a noise caused by exposing it to flux of protons. From mathematical point of view I can ...
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What does a blackbody sound like?

Update: According to this wikipedia article, blackbody radiation is just thermal noise (Johnson–Nyquist noise); if that's what I'm looking for, what does it sound like? If a blackbody has a ...
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Is there $\frac{1}{f^{0.5}}$ noise?

I've heard of $\frac{1}{f^0}$ noise (white noise), $\frac{1}{f}$ (pink, or sometimes tan noise), and $\frac{1}{f^2}$ (brown noise). But why no $\frac{1}{f^{0.5}}$ or $\frac{1}{f^{\pi-2}}$ noise. Do ...
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Are white noises always Markovian?

Are white noises always Markovian? I am a bit confused about it. As white noise always has a constant power spectrum, its auto correlation function must contain a delta function of time. Thus the ...
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Does background noise while strumming a string affect the frequency recorded?

Does the interference of the waves cause instances of destructive interference where there is no amplitude. Technically the wave is still there although its amplitude is 'cancelled' out but those ...
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Vibrational noise for scientific apparatus on a satellite

Say we're running an experiment on a satellite in some earth orbit. For example, maybe we're imaging something with transmission electron microscope or we're catching atoms in ion traps --- really ...
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What does “an average over noise” mean in Zwanzig's book

This is a very specific question about Robert Zwanzig's book Nonequilibrium Statistical Mechanics. Specifically, what is he talking about in equation 1.25 on page 10 that he calls "an average over ...
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White Noise Generator Through Low Pass Filter - Autocorrelation of normalized data dropping below 0 (showing negative correlation)

I am doing the following experiment: http://physlab.lums.edu.pk/images/a/ab/Correlation.pdf It is basically a white noise generator running through a low pass filter. Sample voltages are taken and ...
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Determine fan sound (dB) based on its rotational speed (RPM)

I am trying to find the sound amplitude or level produced by a fan, knowing its RPM. Is there a simple formula for it? What other parameters does it depend on? Assume I have all the fan properties, ...
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Does the skin effect, eddy current / hysteresis losses contribute to Johnson noise in an inductor?

Based on my very basic understanding of the Johnson noise, it's not just a DC phenomena, but should change with frequency in a system, where there is a frequency dependent, real component to the ...
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Why is Johnson noise a Gaussian process?

Noise processes in engineering and physics are frequently assumed to be Gaussian processes. This allows use of convenient analytical techniques. The question then arises as to why natural processes ...
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Modeling stochastic process with frequency-dependent power spectrum

I'm trying to model of Johnson-Nyquist noise propagation in a nonlinear circuit. An ideal (linear) resistor can be modeled very nicely by the Fokker-Planck equation (equivalently, the drift-diffusion ...
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Autocorrelation of noise - negative correlation

I am investigating autocorrelation of electrical noise as part of an undergraduate experiment (as detailed in http://physlab.lums.edu.pk/images/a/ab/Correlation.pdf). I sampled noise voltages using an ...
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What is meant by shot noise?

Question In the context of quantum mechanics and more specifically photon counting, what is meant by shot noise? Additional information Here is what I already know. The number of photons hitting ...
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Sound source not in a straight line with the sound receiver - does that make a difference?

Hope the graphics will help me explaining my question better. Let's say the box would be a room in the fourth floor, and the sound source would come from cars in the street. It is clear that in case ...
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What does 'zero-mean random noise with standard deviation equal to 1' mean?

Can anyone tell me what the meaning is of the phrase: "zero-mean random noise with standard deviation equal to 1"? Also, I want to know why not except zero-mean random noise and standard deviation ...
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Signal-to-noise ratio of the difference between two signals

Something tells me this must be a fairly simple question, but I have somehow been unable to find an answer to it. In short: I need to calculate the difference between two signals, A and B, each one of ...
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Detailed balance condition for coupled Langevin equation

Suppose $a$ and $m$ are real variables and they satisfy the following two coupled Langevin equations: $$ \dot{a}=F_a(a,m)+\eta_a(t);\quad\dot{m}=F_m(a,m)+\eta_m(t); $$ where $\eta_a$ and $\eta_m$ are ...
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What information is contained in the quantum spectral density?

Consider a harmonic oscillator system with Hamiltonian $$\hat{H} = \frac{1}{2} A \hat{u}^2 + \frac{1}{2} B \hat{v}^2 \qquad [\hat{u}, \hat{v}]=i \gamma $$ where $A$, $B$, and $\gamma$ are all real. ...
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Will a damped harmonic oscillator, with no initial amplitude, oscillate if there was background “noise”?

Suppose I have a damped harmonic oscillator which is at rest, sitting comfortably with no initial amplitude, obeying the equation $$\ddot{x} + \frac{1}{Q}\dot{x} + x = 0$$ where x is the vertical ...
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Why does noise affect FM radio less than AM?

Frequency modulated waves are less susceptible to noise compared to amplitude modulated signal. This is because the information in an FM signal is transmitted through varying the frequency, and not ...
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Power spectral density of noise: what is $\mathcal{N_0}$ in $S_X(f)=\mathcal{N_0}/2$?

My question is regarding power spectral density of white gaussian noise. It is known that the power spectral density of white gaussian noise is $$S_X(f)= \frac{\mathcal{N_0}}{2}$$ My question is does ...
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Shot noise at high frequencies (can it really be ideal white noise?)

Quantum shot noise (either optical intensity noise or electrical current noise) described by the noise spectral density of $2 e I$ (electrically) or $2 h \nu P$ (optically). So it is white noise. I ...
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Rationale for definition of input/output operators in quantum langevin equations

I am going through Gardiner & Zoller's 'Quantum Noise', and following the derivation of the Langevin equations in terms of input/output operators. Let the bath Hamiltonian be: $$H_B=\hbar\int_{-\...