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Meaning of “intensity” in the optical Kerr effect in optical quantum computation

Kerr media, or mediums displaying the optical Kerr effect, are used in some optical quantum computers - on Chuang and Nielsen's Quantum Computing and Quantum Information, pgs. 289 - 290, it says, ...
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Why do we use decibels instead of just using intensity to measure how loud things are?

In my physics book, it says that in the human ear, the sensation of loudness is approximately logarithmic. And that the relative sound intensity is directly proportional to a logarithmic ratio ...
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How strong are Wi-Fi signals?

My family members dislike the idea of having many devices communicating wirelessly in our house, arguing that the signals have negative effects on our physical health. I would like to tell them the ...
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Exact relationship between electric field and intensity

I often see $I(t)\propto |E(t)|^2$. What is the exact form ? Which constants are missing to make this an equality and why are they so often omitted ?
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How to explain the relationship between wave's amplitude and intensity?

I have the following statement which I don't know how to explain: Suppose I have 2 identical monochromatic waves (same intensity and phase) shooting into the same receiver. If each wave's intensity ...
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Energy conservation in the combination of two coherent beams

I was asked a question today by a student that I couldn't find a satisfactory answer to. Imagine we have two identical laser beams with average electric field strength $E$. Upon combining these beams ...
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What does 'per unit frequency' refer to?

We were discussing Kirchoff's theorem on blackbody radiation in class today and the equation was: $$e_{f}= J(f,T)$$ $e_f$ was defined as power per unit area per unit frequency. What does per unit ...
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Acoustic amplitude transmission through multi layer medium

I have an acoustic wave with amplitude $A$ in ice. It passes a water-filled crevasse, and I want to calculate the impact of this passage on the magnitude of the amplitude (I do not care for the phase)...
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How can you measure stopping potential and how is it independent of intensity in the photoelectric effect?

I have learned that stopping potential is the voltage at which the current becomes zero. I also learned that the stopping potential is independent of intensity. Knowing both the stopping voltage and ...