Almost exactly 3 months ago today I posted that I started taking apart my cryostat to refurbish it and make it bad-ass. It’s finally done, and it works really well. I can optically test 160 detectors at a time at 250mK. I presented the preliminary tests from our first optical cold run at our collaboration […]
June 17th, 2009 No Comments
June 16th, 2009 1 Comment
I’m sitting in a meeting in Chicago right now, and about 5 minutes ago I got an e-mail with the subject line “Grantee Medical/Dental Checklist Email” from the United States Antarctic Program. It looks like I’m going to pole again. Almost everyone else who knows how to run the telescope camera is graduating, so I’m […]
February 1st, 2009 No Comments
It is February 2, 2009 5:08am SPDT. I have been on the ice for 89 days, and 86 of those have been at Pole. I have now lived in Antarctica for longer than I lived in Berkeley. In two days, I will board a flight with 45 other people and fly to Christchurch, NZ. I’ve […]
January 6th, 2009 No Comments
That’s right, telescopes rock. And this one is particularly photogenic.