Category: group activities

2017 University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum

Six Spinlab undergraduate researchers will be presenting  on our research on April 7 as a part of MSU’s 2017 University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum. Abstracts (links), titles, and locations for the posters (2) and talks (5) are below. Name: Kate Nezich Title: How to Make Atoms Glow: Characterization of Different LED’S for the Detection of Rare Nuclear Reaction Products ...

Laser Trap Monte Carlo Simulation

We have upgraded the Laser Trapping Monte Carlo to include a laser chirping feature.  This new feature allows for the addition of a linear frequency chirp to be added to any of the lasers in the simulation.  This is one of the first needed steps in being able to simulate slowing Radium-225 using its blue ...

Magnetic Field Map of Spinlab

This week I completed the Spinlab Magnetic Field Mapping Report, a 31-page LaTeX document outlining the motivation for mapping the magnetic field of the Spinlab, the process for building the components necessary for completing the mapping, and results from various mappings from 2016. This document will be very important for completing any future B-field mappings, especially once I ...

NSF Awards Spinlab CAREER Grant

CAREER: Optical Single Atom Detection for Nuclear Astrophysics This award supports the development, construction, and commissioning of an optical microscope capable of imaging individual atoms that are captured inside a thin film of frozen neon. Initially, this single atom microscope will capture and count the number of magnesium atoms produced in collisions of neon and ...

Righty Tighty, Lefty Loosey

The lab was confronted with a stuck knob on one of our Helium gas regulators. Many of the other lab members attempted to open the outlet valve to the regulator but that proved unsuccessful. I attempted to open the stuck valve as well, even using the strap wrench as shown. I had the thought that ...

HVPlotter in Python

Over the last week, I have developed a program in Python for quickly plotting data made from the exported data from the jhv4 labview program. The program has the user select which file they want to make plots from, and then opens the attached window. The user will then select the x-variable and y-variable they ...

Conditioning of HV Electrodes

This week we successfully approached the point of electrode conditioning with our high voltage system. In previous attempts, we were forced to stop short of reaching a high enough voltage due to cable failure–22 kV was the highest we could get. On Tuesday, we were able to reach 27.9 kV on our 30 kV power supply when our picoammeter ...

Measuring the Yb Atomic Beam Flux

  On Monday, December 5th the SADiCS team led by Kristen Parzuchowski performed an improved Yb flux measurement. Several improvements were implemented including covering the measurement chamber with a non-reflective black foil to reduce stray light and conducting a more precise scan over wavelengths to find the resonance wavelength of Yb. This measurement took the ...

Fluorescence Spectrum of Impurities in Sapphire

  In the week of Dec. 5th a first analysis of the background of a sapphire substrate was performed. The measurements were performed be Evan Ryan, an undergrad working for the SADiCS project. The graph below shows the scattering and fluorescence response of impurities within the sapphire substrate when illuminated with light at a wavelength ...

Safety Interlock for HV Supply

This week is all about our electrode test station. We’ve made significant safety improvements and improvements in the sensitivity of our high voltage measurements. The first is the installation of our fancy new Interlock Chassis, which allows us to remotely shut down the power supply. It also automatically cuts power to the high voltage power supply in the event that one of ...