American Journal of Physics, August 2017

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August 2017 Issue, Volume 85, No. 8


Artificial circumzenithal and circumhorizontal arcs

A glass of water, with white light incident upon it, is typically used to demonstrate a rainbow. On a closer look, this system turns out to be a rather close analogy of a different kind of atmospheric optics phenomenon altogether: circumzenithal and the circumhorizontal halos. The work we present here should provide a missing practical demonstration for these beautiful and common natural ice halo displays.


Zeeman effect experiment with high-resolution spectroscopy for advanced physics laboratory by Andrew S. Taylor, Alexander R. Hyde, and Oleg V. Batishchev. DOI: 10.1119/1.4984809

Artificial circumzenithal and circumhorizontal arcs by Markus Selmke, and Sarah Selmke. DOI: 10.1119/1.4984802

Transient heat conduction in a heat fin by Jed Brody, and Max Brown. DOI: 10.1119/1.4983649

Measurements on a guitar string as an example of a physical nonlinear driven oscillator by Marcello Carlà, and Samuele Straulino. DOI: 10.1119/1.4991374

A thick-walled sphere rotating in a uniform magnetic field: The next step to de-spin a space object by Mark A. Nurge, Robert C. Youngquist, Ryan A. Caracciolo, Mason Peck, and Frederick A. Leve. DOI: 10.1119/1.4984810

Determining the muon mass using a scintillator-based detector by Neal Woo, and John Essick. DOI: 10.1119/1.4984811

Dust ball physics and the Schwarzschild metric by Klaus Kassner. DOI: 10.1119/1.4982785


Concepts first: A course with improved educational outcomes and parity for underrepresented minority groups by D. J. Webb. DOI: 10.1119/1.4991371


Condition for minimal harmonic oscillator action by M. Moriconi. DOI: 10.1119/1.4984778


QBism: The Future of Quantum Physics by Richard Healey. DOI: 10.1119/1.4979557

Interacting Electrons: Theory and Computational Approaches by Justin C. Smith, and Kieron Burke. DOI: 10.1119/1.4981205

Void: The Strange Physics of Nothing by Peter W. Milonni. DOI: 10.1119/1.4983116


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