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17th Day of Christmas: Power Meter

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!

Power Meter

Optical power meters are absolutely essential pieces of equipment around every lab that has lasers. On the one hand, laser power used in any particular experiment is one of the most important input parameter, on the other, measuring the power is a big part of doing alignment in the optical system (to get from the light to where we want it to be).

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