Over the past several weeks, I’ve written up ResearchBlogging posts on each of the papers I helped write in graduate school. Each paper write-up was accompanied by a “Making of” article, giving a bit more detail about how the experiments came to be, what my role in them was, and whatever funny anecdotes I can think of about the experiment.
If you haven’t been following the series, or would just like a convenient index of the posts, here’s the complete set:
- Introduction and explanation of metastable xenon.
- Experiment 1: Optical Control of Ultracold Collisions and the making thereof.
- Experiment 2: Suppression and Enhancement of Collisions in Optical Lattices and the making thereof.
- Experiment 3: Time-Resolved Studies of Ultracold Ionizing Collisions and the making thereof: part 1, part 2.
- Experiment 4: Spin polarization and quantum statistical effects in ultracold ionizing collisions and the making thereof.
- Experiment 5: Creation of an Ultracold Neutral Plasma and the making thereof.
So, if you’ve ever wanted to know why they gave me a Ph.D. in the first place, there’s your answer, in great detail.
I may or may not continue this with an explanation of the work I did as a post-doc, on Bose-Einstein Condensates in optical lattices. That work is a good deal more technical, though, so it’ll take some doing.