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Starter projects/visualizations/analyses? [closed]

I just renovated a desktop that had been in storage for a while and I am looking for good ideas for data analysis or numerical analysis projects in physics. I have taken up to E&M, and special ...
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What does it mean for a map to be “coadded”?

So there is this wiktionary definition of coaddition, but it's rather brief. Could anyone expand on this, perhaps giving a short example and explaining why its useful? The context that I initially ...
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Karhunen-Loeve transform of a repeating process

This question is inspired by measurements of an unsteady flow. I have some doubts about interpretation of principal component transform using Karhunen-Loeve theorem. I have (centered $\equiv$ zero ...
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Decide Refractive index of a unknown piece of glass [closed]

Problem: The task is to find $n_2$ by Fresnel's equation from given data. My attempt at solution: I begin from this equation: $$R= \left|\frac{(n_2\cos\theta_i - n_1\cos\theta_t)}{(n_2\cos\theta_i ...
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What exactly is an arbitrary parameter?

I was reading the article Turning Points: A meeting with Enrico Fermi by Freeman Dyson (available e.g. here), and I had a question about Dyson's use of the term 'arbitrary parameter'. More ...
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Machine readable database of gamma lines

Friends of mine did a lab experiment where they recorded $\gamma$-spectra in the range from 0 to 1500 keV with a soil sample. The data contains some background and a couple sharp peaks at different ...
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Gamma spectroscopy - Fitted Singlet

I'm using some gamma acquisition and analysis software. When I ask the software to do some sort of Nuclide Identification, almost every single peak in the generated output is marked with "F". ...
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Error in total counts

I'm performing a radioactivity experiment where I measure a specific number of counts in some time period t. Later on I take the total count rate. (Number of counts/time: $N/t$) I'm supposed to find ...
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What does it mean to “bin” in a spectroscopy context

In the following online article http://www.star.le.ac.uk/~sav2/stats/a.html I see the word "bin" used, in relation to x-ray spectroscopy, both as a verb and as a noun (people both "bin" things and ...
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Filament lamp $(V,i)$ behavior between 0 and 1V

I was wondering why the behavior is more "chaotic" at 0~1V when compared to 2V+ (which is when it starts to glow).
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Need Some Help Creating A Couple Of Equations [duplicate]

I've posted about this project before as math is not at all my strong subject anymore. I have a couple sets of data and I need to make some equations for them. I've used Excel to get trend lines, but ...
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Gamma spectroscopy - Do annihilation photons produce a backscatter peak?

Below is a diagram of part of a structure which I find in a gamma spectrum taken from a hall in which a neutron source is undergoing spallation. The structure which I'm interested in can be seen ...
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Free-Fall Lab Help - Getting weird results [closed]

So, I am doing a free-fall lab for my physics class. We got the values and I have the results here(we used a infrared photo-gate). Basically, we have a brass cylinder and a wood cylinder. Each are ...
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Searching for a textbook on Imaging

I'm hoping someone can recommend a book that will cover the physics involved in optical range image capture. I have a degree in physics, so I am looking for something on the technical end. To expand, ...
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How does my reference point affect the regresion of data about Hooke's law?

A vertical spring is used (subject to a universal support) whose length is $20$ $cm$ when no force is acting on it. We put on a weight of $1$ $N$ and the new length is $22$ $cm$. When writing the data ...
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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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Estimate Uncertainties in Rietveld Refinement

I have the output of an x-ray diffraction experiment made on a thin film. Here I report the output of the experiment (I analyzed those data using powdercell and coloured regions have been excluded ...
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Determining the spatial imaging resolution based on a pinhole diffraction pattern

I aimed a 780 nm/1mW laser at a 1μm pinhole and took a picture of it using a lens and a CCD camera. The magnification of my imaging system is ~25 times. I wrote some code that takes the image of the ...
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How to find time when temperature crossed certain threshold?

I have a data from experimental system concerning temperature of molten lead. In this system, temperature is increased in one place and then is measured when this increase of temperature travels to a ...
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X-ray diffraction on thin film

As far as I am concerned, when we perform an X-ray diffraction experiment using a Bragg-Brentano diffractometer using the "powder method" we have that the scattering pattern depends on only one angle ...
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Terminal velocity of a steel ball in water [closed]

I am investigating on the terminal velocity of steel balls moving in water. I used the balls with different diameters, such as 3.17mm, 6.02mm, etc. And I used a full-filled 1L graduated cylinder. I ...
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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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Log of a quantity and graphs in log-scale

Is there any difference between taking the logarithm of a quantity, and plotting a quantity in logarithmic scale?
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Calculating jerk vs Fitts law for smoothness

I've tracked the movement of an input method resulting in this dataset. All data is tracked with equal intervals of $100 \, \mathrm{ms}$. For example an iteration value of 4 means that this is the ...
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Statistical significance in Z boson excess paper

In a recent ATLAS paper, a excess of $3\sigma$ was reported from the Standard Model prediction in a search looking for a same-sign dilepton signal with an invariant mass around the Z peak. For brevity ...
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How to turn this into a straight line

Right now, I am trying to turn my graph (which looks like a exponential graph) into a straight line graph, which starts at the origin (0,0). How would I do this? My values are given in the attachment, ...
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How to derive time derivate of strain?

Data Time(s) Strain ----------------- 100 0.31 200 0.52 300 0.74 400 0.92 500 1.10 600 1.28 700 1.46 800 1.64 900 1.82 1000 2.00 I want to deduce $\dot{\...
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Data Collection of oscillatory motion

I'd like to study nonlinear oscillatory motion this semester. I plan to build several different mechanical systems (pendula, masses on springs, etc with and without driving forces, large/ small drag, ...
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How to make sure that two electrons collide head to head?

In high energy experiments, people smash particles into particles. But how to make sure that they really run into each other, instead of just passing by?
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Measuring typical distance between patches using 2D Fourier Transform

I need to extract information about the typical distance between the black patches in an image like the one I attached here. I tried to perform 2D FFT on it (using OpenCF fdt function in Python), but ...
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Help Interpreting Ultraviolet Photoelectron Spectroscopy (UPS) data

I was given a batch of UPS data without any background other than the materials examined and I don't have any experiencing interpreting it. I wanted to reach out to some experts (hopefully, someone ...
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How experimentalists put bounds on new physics at the LHC?

I would like to understand how experimentalists search for new physics at the LHC. Lets imagine I want to use the LHC data to put a bound on the coupling of some new physics effective operator, say, ...
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Weighted mean from data [closed]

Suppose we have 3 experimental groups measuring "x", they measure $$x_1=\mu_1\pm \sigma_1$$ $$x_2=\mu_2\pm \sigma_2$$ $$x_3=\mu_3\pm \sigma_3$$ In the 3 experiments, we have done N measurements of ...
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How to find gravitational acceleration given $k$ in a power function

I have a problem that has been bugging me for a week, and I can't figure it out. We know the power function: $$ y=kx^n $$ I also have a set of data: I took the natural log of both of these data to ...
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How do I make a Gaussian process generate a stream of events?

I would like to generate a stream of "random" gaussian events (on for event - off for no-event) that obeys a set standard deviation and mean. what algorithm could I use? thank you
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Arrhenius Fit: Linear or exponential form?

I have a seemingly easy question about performing an Arrhenius fit to the equation $$y = A \times \exp \left( -\frac{E_A}{RT} \right)$$ I can either fit this in the exponential form using a non-...
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Should a Gaussian Curve Always Be Drawn Symmetrically?

This question is more about the appearance of a curve that comes up while I am analysing my data rather than an actual physics question, but I think it's relevant. I have analysed some data from an ...
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Manager for results of physical simulations [closed]

I have quite a general question. I'm phd student in the field of plasma physics, our team has developed a numerical simulation of a diagnostic method in plasma (langmuir probes), written in fortran. ...
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Can this type of graph be analysed to produce any meaningful data?

The above is a graph of pendulum length on the x-axis measured in metres, and pendulum period on the y axis measured in seconds. The pendulum period is not squared. If I square the pendulum period, I ...
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Does $R=\dfrac{4q^2}{\pi^2a^2gH^2}$ suggest a square root relationship?

I did an experiment involve how R scales with q (the other variables are constant), and I got a relationship like $R\ \propto \sqrt q$ I have been told to evaluate my findings with those in ...
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How do you measure neutron energy?

I think you can detect a neutron event with a scintillator (neutron to photon), photomultiplier tube (photon to electric signal) system, but how would a fusion neutron's energy (2.45 MeV) be typically ...
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Peak at zero in one device and not the other

I was wondering if anyone could shed some light on this problem. I have placed two accelerometers on an animal one sampling at 50 Hz the other at 100 Hz. They were placed in the same position. I then ...
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Nuclear explosion wavelength data

I am looking for data source (or chart) of spectral data that is being emitted on detonation of nuclear or thermonuclear explosion. Reason I am looking is to see if this data has specific signature ...
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Using Audacity to generate power spectral density [closed]

Say I record something with a sound recording program like Audacity (e.g. plucking a guitar string). How could I use that recording to plot a dB vs Frequency graph?
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Absorption line detected with a significance of $2.2\sigma$

What do we mean by the following statement? The SV $\lambda$ 786.46 line is detected with a equivalent width of $W = 22.7\pm10.2$ corresponding to a significance of $2.2\sigma$ How does one ...
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How to compute $L_{\rm eq}$ from temporal pressure data

I have pressure vs time data. how can I compute sound equivalence Level $L_{\rm eq}$ in decibels? can this be done from a frequency spectrum assuming that it is constant?
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Coherent intermediate scattering function from simulations

I want to calculate the coherent intermediate scattering function, $S_{\text{coh}} (\mathbf{Q},t)$, from a molecular dynamics trajectory, based on its definition. The definition of the function is: $$...
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Decay/Counts/Number of Nuclei

I'm writing up a lab report and have a question about the following formula $$N = N_0e^{-\lambda t}$$ $N$ indicates the number of nuclei left after a time $t$ and $N_0$ indicates how much there was ...
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Looking for an Time Series Analysis Text [closed]

(Apologies, I could not think of a better title). Two days ago, I was in the Library at Köln (Those who know it, knows that the books are not ordered by subject - but by date of buying, and one has ...
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Franck and Hertz graph function [closed]

I need a function whom graph is the following (the Frank and Hertz experiment graph): Currently I wrote the following function: ...