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diy Quantum Physics on MAKE Magazine (Volume 31)

diy Quantum Physics was featured in Make Magazine, Volume 31:  Punk Science (page 76).

 
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Two SPCMs on eBay at $400 Each (No Connection To Seller)

Today I found two Perkin Elmer SPCM-AQE-13-FC SPCMs for sale on eBay at $400 each.  eBay auction numbers are 280877451350 and 280877453169.  I am passing along this information in case that blog readers may be interested.  I have no connection whatsoever to seller.

 
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New Isotope/Geiger Tube Holder at Images Scientific

Images Scientific Corporation just announced a new Geiger counter wand base provides a stable platform to hold the Geiger counter wand for experiments. The physical dimensions of the holder are 2″ wide by 12″ long. The length of the sled has markings in both metric and imperial. The sled isotope holder provides a stable and moveable

 
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Perkin Elmer C30902E SPADs on eBay for $91 (Unrelated to Authors)

Someone (I don’t know the seller) is selling brand new Perkin Elmer C30902E Silicon Avalanche Photodiodes on eBay.  Auction number:  200747161278. These are NOT chilled by a thermoelectric cooler, so their internal noise may be too large for experiments with entangled photons unless you rig some sort of external Peltier element to keep them chilled.  However,

 
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d.i.y. Alpha-Particle Rutherford Scattering Experiment – Supplementary Pictures

The book’s Figures 70 and 71 show our d.i.y. version of a popular apparatus to measure alpha particle scattering.  The figure above shows additional views to help you build your own.  The apparatus allows you to demonstrate alpha particle scattering discovered by Ernest Rutherford in 1908.  Fundamental to the discovery of the atom’s structure, the experiment

 
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Connecting to Surplus Scionix Miniature Scintillation Probes

Scionix in The Netherlands has taken advantage of the recent development of miniature mesh-type dynode photomultiplier tubes to construct small-diameter scintillation probes.  Scionix’s miniature probes incorporate one of those PMTs, a NaI(Tl) scintillation crystal, and a built-in dynode voltage divider.  Connection to the probe is made through a miniature high-voltage locking coaxial connector.  Finding a mating connector is the main

 
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Simple d.i.y. Bias-T for Scintillation Probes with Single Connector

Many surplus scintillation probes have a single connector through which the PMT is fed with high voltage and the anode signal is output.  However, this may require an external “Bias-T” (a high voltage / signal splitter) to connect the probe to a high-voltage power supply that is separate from the PMT amplifier/processor.

 
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Simple d.i.y. Low-Pass Filter for Interfacing PMT Amplifier to PC Sound Card (Used with Free “Pulse Recorder and Analyser” Software MCA)

Figure 34 in the book shows the schematic diagram for our photomultiplier tube (PMT) signal processing circuit has an analog output that is suitable for use with a sound-card-based multichannel pulse-height analyzer (MCA).  However, if you already have a commercial scintillation processor that you would like to use with PRA, then you will somehow need to

 
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d.i.y. Quantum Dot Synthesis

Experimental chemistry is not our forte, so we prefer to use professionally-manufactured quantum dots for the Schrödinger’s Wave Equation experiments we discuss in the book‘s Chapter 7.  However, if you are interested in synthesizing your own quantum-dot nanoparticle suspensions, we recommend that you take a look at the detailed instructions prepared by  Professor George Lisensky

 
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Adding Your Own Primary to High-Voltage Flyback Transformer for Resonant Driving

Our two prior posts show how to build very high voltage power supplies using flybacks from old color TVs.  The advantage of the method we use is that any flyback can be driven, regardless of how its primary is wired.  This is because we wind our own primary using litz wire.

 
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Universal Resonant Transformer Driver (High-Voltage Flyback Driver)

We use the flyback-driver circuit shown in our d.i.y. 250 kV DC power supply in many other of our setups, so we built a stand-alone universal resonant transformer driver. 

 
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d.i.y. 250 kV High Voltage DC Power Supply with Neat Trick for Switching Polarity

High voltage DC power supplies are used by science enthusiasts for powering electron tubes and x-ray tubes, charging high-voltage capacitors, powering electrostatic “levitators”, etc.  Many of these power supplies use a flyback transformer to produce high voltage at high frequency (AC), followed by a “Cockroft-Walton Multiplier” to rectify and dramatically increase the voltage. The Cockroft-Walton multiplier

 
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Home-Built Radiac (Radiation Detector and Meter) for a Surplus DT-590A/PDR-56F Scintillation Probe

Military DT-590A/PDR-56 “x-ray” probes are widely available in the surplus market.  They were meant to be used with the military Radiac Set AN/PDR-56, which is a portable scintillation-type instrument used for detection of plutonium-239 contamination. In addition to emitting 5.1 MeV alpha particles, Plutonium-239 also emits gamma rays in the energy range of 14 to 21

 
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Converting a DT-590A/PDR-56F “X-Ray” Probe into a General-Purpose NaI(Tl) Gamma Probe

The military Radiac Set, AN/PDR-56 is a portable scintillation type instrument used for detection of alpha contamination. The system includes a large and small interchangeable probe with a probe extension.  This system is being phased out by the US Air Force, so new probes are becoming widely available in the surplus market. The “x-ray” probe

 
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Open-Source Handheld Gamma Spectrometer on Yahoo Group GammaSpectrometry

An amateur-use open-source gamma spectrum analyzer is being developed by members of the GeigerCounterEnthusiast (GCE) Yahoo Group.  This multichannel analyzer (MCA) is based on the STM32F103VBT6 microcontroller.  It displays spectra on a color LCD. To access the design files (and hopefully to participate in the development) you will need to join the GammaSpectrometry Yahoo Group

 
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