Month: May 2017

Bake of the Ne Gas Handling System

This week, we completed a setup for a vacuum bake. Vacuum bakes are used to remove tiny impurities (specifically water) from a vacuum system. This is done by heating the vacuum components, which makes any water bound to the walls of the stainless steel detach at a faster rate. In this process we use heating tapes rated for conductive ...

Farewell Jennifer & Martin!

Jennifer Wenzl and her husband Martin Eibach (a postdoc with the Ion Trapping/Mass Measurements Group) are leaving the NSCL to go back to Germany. Jennifer received her Ph.D. in December of 2013 from the Johannes-Gutenberg-Universität Mainz in the field of Soft Condensed Matter Physics. She joined Spinlab in September of 2015 as a Postdoctoral Research ...

High Pressure Rinse of High Voltage Electrodes

This weekly win is about removing sub micron-sized particulates in the air we breathe from the Ra EDM electrodes, whose electrical performance can be degraded by the presence of these particulates, with a process called the high pressure rinse. The high pressure rinse is a critical step in decontaminating electrodes that we’ve adopted from accelerator science, where it’s been shown that ...

Jake and Kristen Graduate!

Two Spinlab undergrads graduated over the weekend. Jake Huneau graduated with a B.S. in Physics from the Lyman-Briggs College and Kristen Parzuchowski graduates with a B.S. in Physics from the Honors College. Jake joined the group in the Fall 2014 when Spinlab was just an empty room. He made two trips to Munich to work ...

Upgrades to the Noble Gas Purification

In recent weeks, the SAM team has made a few upgrades to the Ne gas handling setup. For single atom detection, it is essential that other fluorescence sources are minimized as much as possible. Impurities in the neon film where the Yb and Mg atoms get embedded could act as fluorescent background sources. In addition, ...