Fun With Quantum Mechanics:  Scanning Tunneling Microscopes
Apr27

Fun With Quantum Mechanics: Scanning Tunneling Microscopes

Note:  Check out my new avatar!  Also, Chiral and I are in the process of updating the “about this blog” and blogrolls. I know what you’re thinking:  aren’t Scanning Tunneling Microscopes (STMs) hundreds of thousands or millions of dollars?  Who has that lying around, much less in grant money?     Well… almost nobody. STMs do indeed cost a lot of money, but can tell you a whole lot of stuff about a...

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Not at #ACSAnaheim, but still having fun in lab!
Mar28

Not at #ACSAnaheim, but still having fun in lab!

Hello! I hope you’re all having fun at the ACS conference.  Don’t forget to go to Disneyland, and know that we on the east coast are all thinking fondly of you.  This morning I’m “stuck” in lab doing some exciting assays and studying for a Biological Anthropology exam (which I’m taking for the social science credit, due to the fact that I can’t handle ‘regular’ social science...

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Everybody Needs A: Laser Pointer
Mar07

Everybody Needs A: Laser Pointer

Laser pointers, while not entirely necessary for undergrads, are nevertheless a whole lot of fun to play with.  And for formal presentations too, I guess. You can go in several different directions on this one.  I very often see the canonical cylindrical HeNe lasers that operate with a button on the top (left).  It is and maybe a little Spartan, as gadgets go.  Interestingly, these can either be powered in traditional laser fashion,...

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