Kyle McLellan was caught designing some rather unique microstrip structures using method-of-moments IE3D from Zeland Software. This is one of the numerous professional tools used in the Microwave Lab to ensure that our cutting edge R&D is competitive at the international level.
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).
Research in Jenny Hampton’s Group (the Surface Lab) started this week. Here is Nick Wozniak working on some analysis that was left over from his work during the spring semester. He is characterizing the Teflon electrochemical cell that was designed last summer for doing electrochemistry on wafer samples.
Alyssa Frey, a student from UW-Eau Claire, is new to the Surface Lab. Here she is looking at some of her first electrochemical data, the cyclic voltammetry of K3Fe(CN)6, a test molecule. She used the standard electrochemical cell (below) and a Pt disk electrode.