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Laboratory for the Optical Manipulation & Detection of Nuclei

Did you find out about the award?

Click here for MSU College of Natural Sciences writeup about Roy’s SCGSR! Click here for MSU Today writeup about Roy’s SCGSR! What does it mean to you, both personally and professionally, to receive this award? From a professional standpoint I’m thrilled to be working with and learning from world experts in atomic and nuclear physics. My advisor, Dr. ...

Preprint of EDM Review Paper posted to arXiv:1710.02504

This paper has been seven years in the making and counting. I have only participated in the last two and half years of this massive undertaking and found the process to be profoundly humbling.  I am tremendously relieved to see this posted online and am looking forward to all of the feedback from the community. . -JTS ...

The VOLVO Rule: When troubleshooting, turn only ONE knob at a time!

        Notes from the lecture: Advanced Knobs & Needles: Thinking About Experiments FAQ: Do we need to use Python and/or am I not allowed to use KGraph/Excel? No – but the quality and completeness of your data analysis should not be limited by your choice of tools not designed for the task at ...

Prime Directive of the Knob-Turner: The knob-turner must stare at the correct needle when turning the knob.

  Notes from lecture: Colorado-Boulder Modeling Framework by the Lewandowski Group Failure is a gift. When I say that your only obligation is to be honest, I am not saying that you must not knowingly lie – that is of course a given. What I am saying is that you must be vigilant against letting ...

Roy Ready receives a DOE SCGSR Award!

Roy Ready has been selected to receive the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) award for the proposed research project, “Towards a More Sensitive Measurement of the Electric Dipole Moment of Radium-225”, to be conducted at Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) with our collaborator Matt Dietrich. Roy was selected is ...

Six Undergrads Receive Support to Participate in CEU-DNP 2017

Six students were selected to participate in CEU-DNP this October in Pittsburgh and were offered support for lodging for their participation: Courtney Nelson (REU Student): Optical Thin Film Thickness Measurement for the Single Atom Microscope Daniel Coulter: Design of a Prototype Single Atom Microscope for Nuclear Astrophysics Evan Ryan (Honors College Seminar): Characterizing Optical Backgrounds ...

Summer LODY!

This summer has been a very productive summer for the Spinlab group, but to get all that work done we had to get down and dirty. So much excellent work was being done that the lab became a war zone of tools, equipment, and circuit diagrams. Organizing it would prove to be a herculean task ...

The Great Bipolar High Voltage Power Supply Installation of 2017

What is a bipolar power supply and why do we need it? In the Ra EDM experiment, a high electric field flips sign on a roughly 1-minute cycle. The direction of the field is changed by reversing the sign, or polarity, of the voltage being applied across the “hot” cathode (field is defined by positive-to-negative charge direction). ...

Letter of recommendation from Albert Einstein for Konrad Wachsmann, 2 October 1939

The Time-Consuming Privilege of Writing a Thoughtful Letter of Recommendation for a Student

Inspiration It will soon be application season (at least for students considering going to grad school in physics) for graduating seniors. As a consequence, I’ve decided to borrow some useful guidelines from my colleagues regarding letters of recommendation/reference: Ed Brown’s Letters of Recommendation Pawel Danielewicz’s Recommendation Letters Brian O’Shea’s Recommendation letters Shriram Krishnamurthi’s Advice to ...

Producing Scientific Diagrams Which Reveal the Relevant Scale @EdwardTufte

Learning how to produce informative and detailed graphical representations of the equipment used for experiments is a critical skill that takes practice and requires detailed knowledge of what is truly important about each component of the apparatus. For the Single Atom Microscope (SAM) project, we designed and assembled a prototype gas handling system (GHS) which ...