Caitlin Taylor and Caleb Billman are preparing to go to NASA Goddard Space Flight Center where they will analyze data taken with space based instruments. They will spend their time working in close collaboration with Prof. Gonthier and his collaborators at Goddard.
On Thursday, the Physics, Engineering, Math, and Computer Science research students participated in the first of two Ethics Workshop sessions for the summer. Professor Mark Pearson, of the Math Department, facilitated.
Earlier this week, the Surface Lab got training on the use of the new Scanning Electron Microscope. Daniel McNeel is working on cataloging the electrodeposited metal thin film samples that were fabricated last summer and this summer.
Here Daniel runs the SEM, while Emily Berger helps, and Nick Wozniak looks for a specific sample to run.
The SEM controls are very user-friendly, and in a few minutes, Dan, Emily, and Nick were able to generate images of the samples.
At the beginning of week three of research, the Surface Lab discovered that the third of three existing reference electrodes has met an untimely end. What is supposed to establish a stable potential reference point is no longer doing so. (The other two have been broken for at least a week.) We borrowed the Fluke digital multimeter from Dr. Remillard’s lab to measure the potential difference between the three broken electrodes.
Nick Wozniak measured the potential differences, while Emily Berger and Daniel McNeel recorded the results. Unfortunately, the results show that the electrodes are malfunctioning. However, new ones were ordered last week, and should arrive soon.
Afterwards, we posed for a fun Surface Lab photo.