1. ### Splitting a single light source into two out-of-phase sources?

I've been contemplating an experiment on a 1-dimensional system which would require a single light source to be split into two separate sources which are exactly out of phase with each other. The idea is to focus the beams near each other (but not overlapping) along the 1D object. Any phonons...
2. ### HPLC Question

Thanks weezilla - that helps a lot. I'm not actually using an autosampler - I have a custom application that will require multiple punctures (maybe several dozen) without changing vials (it's a long story). These vials are the perfect size, so I was just wondering about the caps. Thanks again.
3. ### HPLC Question

I have a question about https://www.amazon.com/dp/B002RS5IKA/?tag=pfamazon01-20 product. It is an autosampler shell vial with a polyethylene plug style needle closure. Does anyone know whether the plug on this vial will be resealable? In other words, will it be able to withstand multiple...
4. ### Optics question - laser power sources

We have a 532 nm laser that we use with our Raman tool. The only power indicator on the control is in the form of a percentage. I know that at 100%, the laser has a power of 25 mW. Does this scale linearly with power percentage? In other words, does 50% power translate to 12.5 mW?
5. ### Integral Notation Question

I saw this notation in a textbook but I'm a bit confused by it. What exactly does the 3 mean? Is it shorthand for a triple integral in spherical coordinates? \int{d^3 r} Thanks in advance.
6. ### A wiki for equations

A colleague of mine just started a website called wikiquation.com. It's a searchable wiki-style database for equations. The database is currently quite empty, so it's not very useful as a search engine yet, but it allows anyone to add or edit an equation without creating a user account. I think...
7. ### Physics History

Yes, that link is perfect! I never tried googling the exact quote because I assumed my version of the quote was off, but I underestimated my own memory. It was definitely Compton. Here is a quote from the source cited above:
8. ### Physics History

One of my professors told me a story about a physicist and I can't remember who it was. It's driving me crazy. This is what I remember about the story. Apparently this physicist was a new faculty member and he had a seemingly brilliant plan for some experiment. All of the older faculty members...
9. ### Any good books on how to do research?

I'm looking for a book that gives advice on how to research as a professional scientist. I am looking for insight into the culture of industrial research, applying for grants and obtaining funding, methods and techniques to use time your time effectively, etc. I'd prefer something from a physics...
10. ### On/Off Ratio

Research-related question: What is the typical on/off ratio of a silicon transistor? This seems like basic information, but I can't find it anywhere. Also, how high does the on/off ration need to be in order for transistors (say, in a logic circuit) to function correctly? Thanks!
11. ### Research: Applied vs. Fundamental

I'm graduating with a B.S. in physics and I will soon be starting a Ph.D. program in nanoscale science, which is essentially an applied physics program. I chose this program because my undergraduate research was focused in this area and I've really enjoyed it. However, I'm wondering if my...
12. ### Help with Eigenvalues problem

Homework Statement True/False If Ttheta is a rotation of the Euclidean plane R2 counterclockwise through an angle theta, then T can be represented by an orthogonal matrix P whose eigenvalues are lambda1 = 1 and lambda2 = -1. Homework Equations The Attempt at a Solution Just checking to...
13. ### Finding eigenvalues of matrix

Aha. That makes sense now.
14. ### Finding eigenvalues of matrix

Very good point. Thanks!
15. ### Finding eigenvalues of matrix

I was just doing two steps at once. Bad form on my part.