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How is spin measured experimentally ?

  1. Feb 11, 2014 #1

    this probably has been answered somewhere here already, but I was unable to find it.
    Could someone explain how the spin of a particle is actually measured in an experiment ? Most interesting to me is how the 3d spin vector for 1/2 spin particles is determined experimentally.

    Last edited: Feb 11, 2014
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  3. Feb 11, 2014 #2

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    It is impossible to measure a 3d spin vector - i.e. all three components - of anything.
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  5. Feb 13, 2014 #4
    thank you. the Stern-Gerlach Experiment was helpful indeed.
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