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!
- Day 1: Acousto-Optic Modulator
- Day 2: Ion Pump
- Day 3: Photomultiplier Tube
- Day 4: Vapor Cell
- Day 5: Analog-Digital Converter
- Day 6: Magnetic Field Coils
- Day 7: Optical Fiber
- Day 8: Electro-Optical Modulator
- Day 9: CCD Camera
- Day 10: Ion Gauge
Residual Gas Analyzer
While usually it’s enough to know the pressure inside the vacuum system (e.g. via an ion gauge reading), sometimes we need to know what materials, what gases are exactly in there? The residual gas analyzer (RGA) helps to figures that out.