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How do they measure the rotational speed of cricket balls?

The 2013 Ashes series (a cricket thing between England and Australia) are underway as of today and it seems they have a new (to me) gimmick. It appears that they are now able to measure almost ...
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Does weather obstruct microwaves and radiowaves?

I read an article ('How airplanes use radar' at Bright Hub.com) that stated that airplanes use radio waves for communication because they aren't obstructed by weather. Is this true?
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Do radio waves interact with electrical wiring?

AFAIK radio waves can be influenced by magnetic fields (when not traveling through a vacuum). Electrical wires create a magnetic field perpendicular to the length of the wire, as a function of the ...
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Scale-down modeling for radar cross-section measurement

Scale-down models for targets are used for radar cross-section measurements of huge-size objects. Is there any upper limit to the scaling factor on downscale modeling as a $100~\text{m}$ length of ...
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Can natural predators detect human stealth technology?

Just a thought experiment since bats are probably not swift enough to take evasive action in the scenario described. If a cloud of bats were to encounter a B-2, or F-35, or F-117 or any of the other ...
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Radar Vs. Sonar

What is the true difference between radar and sonar? My understanding is that radar uses a reflected EM wave, while sonar uses a compression (shock wave) of the material it's in. (It compresses water, ...
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Rotating sheet of light

I am looking for references on "rotating sheets of light" generated from a point source. Mainly I am looking for applications. (I saw a use related to climate studies or weather forecasting, where a ...
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Conjugated-Phase Matching

I am working on imaging applications of phase-conjugation in optics, in particular phase-conjugation imaging from recorded holograms. I have found several useful sources, but I cannot find a book ...
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Phased array radar equations

Suppose we have several antennae to transmit and receive radio waves. What should one transmit, and what kind of equations are used to compute $reflectivity(\vec{x})$ for points in space from a given ...
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Radar as range detector between cars-static sender vs dynamic sender

Say I have a radar transmitter on a car,used to detect its distance from a car in front of it by measuring the doppler shift on the reflected wave. i.e Car 1 is the source, its wave gets reflected by ...