Chris Ploch and Cam Recknagel mount a CCD camera and spectrometer made by SBIG onto the plasma chamber in the Microwave Lab. Professor Gonthier has lent his asrophysical expertise to this effort by helping us to do this “turbo-charged” spectroscopy.
Cameron Recknagel and Evan Pease are assembling a vacuum chamber for an experiment in plasma generation in the microwave lab. The gas in the chamber is subjected to a high microwave field which causes an avalanche of ionization events. Cameron will analyze the optical emission spectra to understand the role of collision frequency on the electronic transitions in the plasma.
The experiment on 21C is currently in unscheduled off as some repairs are made to the cyclotron here at the National Superconducting Cyclotron Lab. In one picture we see Eric working on some data analysis while waiting for the beam. The other picture shows that he is actually the experimenter-in-charge for the experiment (upper right corner, click on the image).