critical experiment

critical experiment

[′krid·ə·kəl ik′sper·ə·mənt]
(nucleonics)
An experiment in which fissionable material is assembled gradually until the arrangement will support a self-sustaining chain reaction.
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Newton's critical experiment proving white light is a jumbled confusion of light of all colours is celebrated by a dazzling display of coloured lights placed among the branches of the tree.
The test will include connecting heat pipes and Stirling engines enclosed in a vacuum chamber siting on the top of a critical experiment stand as shown in Figure 3.
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Only SpaceX's Dragon capsules, however, return cargo and critical experiment results back from the station.
One critical experiment is a four-stage sequential Stern-Gerlach experiment measuring the x-, then the y-, then the x-, then the y-components of the spin of a particle.
American nuclear scientists called one critical experiment "tickling the dragon's tail," and from this Jacobs takes his title.
We have done the critical experiment that has been asking to be done for the past 35 years, said Professor Hector.
If Levine had recognized the implausible results of her own critical experiment and had abandoned the effort to link realism with suspense, there would still remain much of interest.
A critical experiment was run to verify the concept of shaping a nucleated solution flow using the extrusion system configuration of Fig.
But for biomedical researchers the critical experiment may also be defined as evidence.
Palma di Cesnola's book is a critical experiment, in which the methodology employed is at least as significant as the results obtained.
To find out, "I think it is a critical experiment to determine whether there really is a shock wave inside single bubbles," he says.

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