The Microwave Lab

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.

Nuclear group at NSCL

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).

Surface Lab

Surface Lab 001 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.

Surface Lab 004 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.

Surface Lab 002

Friday Afternoon Progress in the Nuclear Group

Here is Matt after a good day of IBIL and PIXE on various mineral grains (zircons, etc.) The ion source is cooling and he is cleaning his sample holders.

Eric made this great plot to help us understand the properties of the fragments from the decay of 13Li, 12Li, and 9He. Each of these unstable nuclei emit neutrons when they break up after surviving about 10-20 seconds

Tim’s week ended with manual labor after the low background counting station was found to be grossly contaminated. Here he is washing one of the lead shielding blocks.