Category: group activities

R.W. Hamming On Creativity

In 1995, R. W. Hamming taught a course at the Naval Postgraduate School titled “The Art of Doing Science and Engineering.” The textbook is here and the lectures are here. My notes on his “Creativity” lecture are below: Creative solutions to problems are like how women’s fashion evolves from year to year based on Vogue magazine: ...

Kristen’s Guide to Success in Spinlab

Spinlab group alumna Kristen Parzuchowski (MSU ’17, now 1st year graduate student at UC-Boulder now) has written an informal “guide to success in Spinlab.” This document has started to take on a life of its own and has been requested several times since she passed it along to the group. She has kindly given me ...

The First Annual Spinlab Group Picnic

Motivated by the Andy’s desire to try Spam Musubi, Adam organized the group’s first Group Picnic at Lake Lansing Park North. According to Courtney, the only Real Spam Musubi is one that is cooked in a car. Since we had no care volunteers, there was no RSM. We did have BBQ ribs, steak tacos, cumin lamb kebobs, ...

The Great Fry Test of 2017

Optics vendors such as Thorlabs and Newport have figured out that graduate students fed with snacks spend more time aligning lasers than hangry (hungry+angry) students, which has the added benefit of them needing more optics and/or snacks. As a consequence, these companies send out a boxes of snacks with every order. Since Spinlab is past ...

The Chunk Code: HV Stability During an EDM Simulation

This Weekly Win is a celebration of my high voltage ramp test analysis suite, AKA Chunk Code. Let me break this down into ‘chunks,’ if you will: Here is a plot of a high voltage ramp test the Spinlab RaEDM crew performed on 7-5-2017. The ramp test simulates the conditions that the electrodes will be subjected to during a real permanent EDM experiment. ...

Stable & Repeatable Ramping of 170 kV/cm Electric Field

This week we hit a milestone by successfully running a ramping simulation to 170 kV/cm for ~ 1 hr. This is approximately 15% higher than the goal we set out to reach and more than double the electric field that we were able to achieve during the Ra EDM data run two years ago. Before ...

Spinlab Slow Controls Database

Monitoring the environment in the lab and the status of various parameters in our experiments is key to understanding how changes in these parameters affect the experiments.  To accomplish this, a database and software system was designed and built to monitor these slow control parameters in the lab.  A data model was implemented as a ...