So…I just spent most of my day and night coding for the ASYEOS experiment’s online monitoring. ASYEOS is a group looking at the nuclear equation of state, and how it differs for neutrons and protons, particularly in high density environments, like when we smash metal nuclei together at about 400 MeV (using SIS at the GSI facility, Darmstadt, Germany). I haven’t posted in an age, because since my new job started I’ve been busy helping with preparations for our experiment out here in Germany (and briefly publicising it in Glasgow at the IOP’s nuclear and particle physics divisional conference). Things are pretty mad at the moment and the next month will be the busiest of them all, as our experiment runs.
Our cave, which has been closed for a few weeks for another experiment, opened again this morning, and as soon as the radiation-safety door light turned green, in flooded the many members of our group, who have traveled from America, Poland, Italy, UK…our various detectors are being installed and tested over the next few days and everyone has their hands full. This is going to be an incredible month of data-taking. I promise to post about it just as soon as its over (I have had my camera out
and hope to make an amateur video diary of sorts)! I promised my fiance I’d make him something of a diary to get us through the time apart. He’s been great through it – I tell you something, it’s not easy planning a wedding from abroad, especially when you’re working 13 hour days, and he’s helped out a lot!
Anyway that was all. There have been some excellent posts on here recently. I can’t wait to update you all on what’s been going on at GSI. For now though, it’s bed time in Darmstadt. Sorry!