Today was Monday again; this meant that we had another RISE workshop. I thought it would be quite boring at first because it was just a speaker giving a PowerPoint presentation on intellectual property, but it turned out to be interesting! Although I did not learn much beyond what I already knew, our presenter talked… Continue reading Day 30: Ripples and Dots
I woke up at 10:45 am today to get dim sum with a whole bunch of people. It was pretty normal overall, but we all had a lot of fun watching John struggle with using chopsticks. He ended up totally giving up and ate all of his food with one chopstick in each hand. One… Continue reading Day 29: A Whole Bunch of Nothing
I had an online meeting for a school club at 12:00 pm, and after that, I headed over to the lab to collect some data. We were supposed to start at 2:00 pm, but Peco texted me saying if I wanted to join him and some of his friends at the graduate lounge to play… Continue reading Day 28: Band Squad
Most of what happened in the lab today was pretty basic — we pumped the chamber down to vacuum pressure, collected data, vented the chamber, replaced the sample with a new substrate… pretty repetitive stuff. At 1:00 pm, we had a lab team meeting in a conference room on the second floor of the physics… Continue reading Day 27: Team Meeting
Alright, I really want to get back to reading about the history of ion bombardment, so I’m going to write this post as fast as I can. The first thing Peco and I did today was turning the ion source controller on. As the displays slowly turned on one by one, we prayed that the ion… Continue reading Day 26: Success!
Instead of waking up at 8:00 am like I do every day, I had to do the unthinkable today. I set my alarm clock to wake me up at 7:45 am. I ended up snoozing until 8, but that’s not important. I had to be at the lab at 8:30 today instead of 9:00 to… Continue reading Day 25: Oh Joy!
The coolest thing that happened today was that we finally got the ion beam to work. We realized that whilst attaching the argon tank to the vacuum chamber, we were trapping a small amount of air in the tubing, contaminating the argon. So we flushed the argon out for about an hour and tried turning… Continue reading Day 24: 37.0 Volts!