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16th Day of Christmas: Optical Table

This Advent during the 24 days leading up to Christmas I thought it would be fun to have a quick introduction of scientific apparatus, in particular tools used in atomic physics research. This is a way to say thanks to their hard work for our research, and a look at how many things are really needed to make a laboratory work!

Optical Table

Optical tables¬†are not, strictly speaking, “apparatus”, but they are still nevertheless an indispensable part of the atomic physics laboratory and deserve a place in this advent calendar. They will be found in every single laboratory, and usually the whole experiment is built ¬†around (well, on top) of them.

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