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Why is the ångström not a metric unit? And why is the ångström spelt with the Scandinavian letters “å” and “ö”?

The website here http://unitsofmeasure.org/ucum.html tells us whether every unit is metric or not. Metric units can be multipled by a power of 10 and can be combined with a prefix. 1 ångström is ...
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Electrostatics, measurement of charge

How did physicists come up with a standard for measuring charge? How an electrical measurement of charge was made?
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Why $1 \ \mathrm{fm}$ is often used in modern physics?

In the International System, we all know that a one femto (or one Fermi) is equal to $$1 \ \mathrm{fm}=10^{-15} \ \mathrm{m}$$ What is the historical reason why this unit of measure was adopted as ...
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Why is the triple point of water defined as 0.01 degrees Celsius and not 0?

This was stated in my thermo dynamics lecture today and I tried to ask my lecturer why it was not just defined as 0 since 0.01 seems weirdly specific. She was mentioning something about the order in ...
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Standard Definition of speed of light and metre

The speed of light is the speed at which lightwaves propagate through different materials. In particular, the value for the speed of light in a vacuum is now defined as exactly 299,792,458 metres per ...
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Changes to Planck constant historically [closed]

I looked all over to get the various accepted value of the Planck constant since 1900. But there is never any record about the history of this mysterious number.
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Why is a Coulomb the charge of $6.24 \times 10^{18}$ electrons? [duplicate]

Where does the $6.24 \times 10^{18}$ number come from? How was it historically derived? I know that $1$ C $=$ $1$ A s but that just pushes the question down another step, and another and another, at ...
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What is the difference between quantum sensing and quantum metrology?

The title is mostly self-explanatory. Both terms get thrown around a lot. I used to think quantum sensing uses harmonic oscillators / bosons and quantum metrology spins, but this doesn't seem to ...
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How are energies determined in gamma ray calibration standards?

In operating scintillation gamma ray detectors, certain gamma ray standards are used for calibration: Energy (KeV) Na-22, 511 Mn-54, 835 Co-57, 122 How are ...
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Can we determine the date just from sky observations?

Assuming everyone "freezes" for several thousand years. Then everyone unfreezes at the same time. Could we tell how much time passed based on sky observations without fancy telescopes? (Just started ...
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Is our physics and system of units based on time (second) or the speed of light?

The speed of light in vacuum is stated in our physics as a universal physical constant, c, when measured locally, in vacuum. The speed of light in vacuum, commonly denoted c, is a universal ...
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How to increase Sensitivity and precision of a measuring sensor?

Considering the definition that Sensitivity: Relation between the maximum of range, the sensor can $\frac{i}{p}$ to the corresponding $\frac{o}{p}$ given by the sensor due to it. Ex: A pressure ...
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Does Fisher Information quantify only the precision of the instrument?

Looking at perspective from estimating the actual value from a set of data measured by the instrument. Does Fisher information just quantify the precision of the measurement? What does it say about ...
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Uncertainty in length measurement

I am trying to measure the length and the uncertainty in length of a fiber optic cable for measuring the speed of light. So far, I have measured it the standard way: Using a standard meter scale. I ...
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Saturability problem about the quantum Cramer-Rao bound for the multi-parameter quantum metrology

I was studying the multi-parameter quantum metrology these days. And I was confused about the saturability of the quantum Cramer-Rao bound for the multiparameter problem. If all of the generators are ...
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Why does one Coulomb equal that strange number? [duplicate]

Why is one Coulomb equal to 6.24 *10^18 ? This number is weird . why wasn't it a nice number like 10^20. I have some guesses about this.
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What is the advantage of a cesium atomic clock over a hydrogen maser as a frequency standard?

Even though both of them are frequency standard, and both are used simultaneously in almost every apex meteorology institute to keep the time, the cesium atomic clocks are more used in this field what ...
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How do measurements of $G$ account for variations in the local gravitational field?

One of the notable discrepancies of modern physics is the current disagreement of measurements of the gravitational constant $G$, well beyond reported uncertainties (and agreeing only to about 1 part ...
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How can I explain what a kilogram is using Planck's constant? [duplicate]

I want to understand what 1 kg represents. For example: I know that 1 second is equal to $9\ 192\ 631\ 770$ transitions from the microwave radiation that a cesium-133 atom (at $0$K) emits, if it's ...
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Quantum Fisher information for Gaussian states without eigenproblem?

Given a Gaussian-preserving interaction (including a unitary operation and losses) for a Gaussian input, I want to know if there is an "easy" way to compute the Quantum Fisher information without ...
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New S.I. and the second definition standard

The new SI defines the second as the hyperfine splitting transition time associated to the frequency of that transition of caesium-133, 9192631770 Hz, that is 12 decimals precision, but...I wonder two ...
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Is there a maximum quantum advantage in sensing?

This is a rather conceptual question. Quantum sensing takes advantage of entanglement (and other quantum properties such as squeezing) to get variances that scale much better than the ones one can ...
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Why are there $1 / 1.602176634 \times 10^{-19}$ electrons in a coulomb?

Why that exact number of electrons in one coulomb? who decided it? there is nothing wrong with the number, it just seems slightly messy. Why didn't the scientific community just settle on an easier ...
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Does the New SI spoil the nice Coulomb law in Gaussian units?

Now, after the redefinition of SI, the elementary charge $e$ and the reduced Planck constant $\hbar$ (and also $k_B$) are exact quantities in the SI units, as is the velocity of light $c$. The ...
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SI redefinition of the kilogram - what is one measuring? [duplicate]

I have been reading about the new SI units and specifically, want to get a better understanding of the definition of a kilogram. It was written that the kilogram will be defined in terms of Planck's ...
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Will the volt, ampere, ohm or other electrical units change on May 20th, 2019? [duplicate]

When watching a video by Veritasium about the SI units redefinition (5:29), a claim that the volt and unit of resistance (presumably the ohm) will change by about 1 part in 10 million caught my ...
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Redefinition of everything on May 20th, 2019 [closed]

A couple of issues: So after May 20th, 2019, what exactly will be the defined value of $\hbar$? What will be the defined number of elementary charges in a Coulomb? Then $\mu_0$ and $\epsilon_0$ will ...
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Effect of variation in day length on timekeeping

I was reading about atomic clocks when I came to know that precise measurements of time have shown that the time for earth's rotation is slightly more that 24 hrs (on the order of 10^-3). I was ...
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When was Coulomb's constant made/established?

Charles-Augustin de Coulomb lived from 14 June 1736 – 23 August 1806. Coulomb's constant is $$k_{\text e}=\alpha\frac{\hbar c}{e^2},$$ a form of Planck's constant is included, but Max Planck lived ...
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Confusion on Centigrade/Celsius Scale

There came the centigrade scale. The issue was that many solid/liquid thermometric substances didn't respond to temperature linearly so different thermometers produced different results. This was ...
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How can a day be exactly 24 hours long? [closed]

The longest solar day of year is approximately 24 hours 0 min 30 seconds (occurs at mid to late December) while the shortest solar day of year is approximately 23 hour 59min 38 seconds. If I average ...
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Significant figures in measurements, different orders of magnitude

Let's say I a have a scale that can, for example, measure a mass of some object to precision of 0.1 g. If I do some measurements of different objects I can get results like this: 9.8 g, 9.9 g, 10.1 g,...
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Are constants derived or calculated?

I am currently writing up a lab report on the determination of Planck's constant using x-ray diffraction and atomic spectra. In my introduction, I am talking about the history of Planck's constant, ...
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Why is it necessary to keep UTC within 0.9 seconds from UT1?

Why is it necessary to keep UTC within 0.9 seconds from UT1? I thought that UTC in fact more accurate than UT1, so why should it be based on UT1 within that range? Another question would be, why isn'...
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Is 1 liter always equal to 1 cubic decimeter, independently of temperature, pressure, etc?

I recently found this conversion table for the unit conversion $\rm mmol/m^3 \ \leftrightarrow\ \rm mmol/L$ (millimoles per cubic meter to millimoles per liter) My physics is very rusty, but just to ...
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Faradays constant determination? [closed]

I am a bit confused on how faraday determined his constant. So I’ve been taught that he realized that if you sent a certain amount of charge (96485 C), then one mole (or some fraction of that based on ...
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Has the kilogram changed?

In late 2018 the kilogram's definition switched from a physical object (the International Prototype Kilogram) to Planck's Constant; a grand move in my opinion. However, I haven't heard of the ...
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About the dimension of the SI units vector space

We know that the set of fundamental and derived physical units can be structured as a vector space over the rational numbers. In the International System of Units the dimension of this space is $7$ ( ...
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Is the triple point of water exactly 0.01 $\deg$C?

Is the triple point of water exactly $0.01 \deg$C, or is this an empirical value/is there some uncertainty to it? If so, how do we know it is exact, and why?
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Is there (or was there) a unit of electric current based on Avogadros number or Coulombs constant?

This has to do with the SI definition of the Ampere. Why the quantity $2*10^{-7}$ Newtons in particular? It would make more sense to define 1 Ampere = 1 mole of electron charge per second. Which ...
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How did Henry Kater measure distances down one part in $10^5$?

Wikipedia says that in 1817, Henry Kater was able to measure distances accurately enough to get at least five significant figures in a measurement of $g,$ suggesting that he could measure a distances ...
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What is the theoretical resolution limit of magnetometers / magnetoencephelography?

I recently read this article about a group of physicists and neurobiologists working on developing advancements to magnetoencephelography, presumably based on new quantum metrology and quantum ...
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Why is the MKS unit of time the same as the CGS unit? [closed]

There are many system of units used in physics. In the CGS, the units are, length : centimetre mass : gram time : second And in the MKS system the units are, length : metre mass : kilogram time : ...
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Profile of a platinum-iridium meter bar

The former meter standard, platinum-iridium meter bar, had a specific cross section somewhat resembling mixed variant of letters "X" and "H" with serifs (Image source): What was the reasoning behind ...
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What was wrong with the old definition of temperature scale in kelvin?

Wikipedia's article on the recent change to the definition of the SI base units states, as the reason for changing the definition of the kelvin: A report published in 2007 by the Consultative ...
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Is there a “standard” Newton?

Basic SI units have definitions through experiments that seems to imply a pretty obvious setup. Is there a standard experiment for calibrating Newtons? The definition is the force needed to cause a ...
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How did Coulomb arrive at value of electron charge?

Charge of one electron is known to be as $1.6$ x $10^{-19}$ C or alternative 1 Coulomb contains charge of $6.24$ x $10^{18}$ electrons. I am just wondering if these numbers are arbitrarily chosen or ...
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Does the death of Kilogram ($kg$) affect us in any means in our day to day life? [closed]

Recently, the sleek cylinder of platinum-iridium metal has been discarded and the kilogram is set to be redefined along with ampere for electricity and Kelvin for temperature. Hereafter the Kilogram ...
Newtonian law of Gravity: $$F_g = \frac{m_1 m_2}{l^2} G$$ $$G = 6.7 * 10^{-11} \frac{m^3}{kg * s^2}$$ A meter is defined as: the length of the path traveled by light in a vacuum in \$1/...