Have a look at this short film.
It's crazy to think there is still great gender imbalance (a very polite term) in science in 2013. But there is. Edinburgh Chemistry are and have done great things to address key issues. Here at Bath the University is trying a few things. Here in Physics at Bath we're aiming to change things at the Departmental level to not only make the Department a better place for female physicists to work, but for all physicists to work. To this end we are about to apply for a Bronze Athena SWAN award (the, we're a bit rubbish (as is everyone else) but at least we know it and we're making plans, level). We'll soon be finishing our first draft of our application that includes al our hard statistics, but here, for you, is our Bath Physics leaky pipeline. I hope it'll look better in the future.
As the building stage of the new Si lab chamber draws to a close, there is a final step - bakeout (info) - build an oven around your system and cook it for a few days. This process removes any water or pesky hydrocarbons inside the chamber.
As with anything in experimental physics, there are 2 ways of achieving bakeout: the expensive (or 'Graphene Centre') way, or the funny way.
And this is the most flattering angle.
Adrian Hooper kindly did his photographer bit yesterday and took some snaps of the group and the lab. Here they are. Be warned I have gone a wee bit OTT with some photo editing.
A combination of Trivial Transfer Graphene and a lot of work, here is Kristina's second image, lovely graphene!
STM image using Q+ tip at 77 K of graphene on BN.
After about a year of hard work we finally have the Omicron LT-Q+ working at 77 K with a Q+ tip (albeit in STM mode). Here are some raw examples of the first images we have taken.
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Welcome to group TPV-200. May you work hard and keep the Q+ cold.
Update: the vessel is full, and the Q+ is cold. Let's see if the microscope works on Monday.
Update 2: The Q+ is at 77K.
BBC News - Carry on camping - can a week under canvas reset our body clocks?.
Well I think I kind of knew this. The last time I had a week or more camping was before going to Polanyi's lab in Canada (and also just before getting married). I found that it took about a week to get into the camping groove and forget about home worries, also about a week to relax and just enjoy the walking, (minimal) chatting and walking.
NB: My tent's a Terra Nova (not pictured)
Official University News.
... Dr Peter Sloan, Lecturer in Physics added: “With the nano-factory, we can also build up bespoke atomic-scale structures one atom at a time to link with the stencilled devices, making our new microscope world-leading. Not only will we make prototypes of unique graphene-based devices, but we can also really play around with some exciting fundamental physics.”
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