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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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diy Quantum Physics Book Featured in Philadelphia’s Exponent

 Shanni and David Prutchi featured in Philadelphia's Jewish Exponent

We were interviewed by the Jewish Exponent and featured in today’s edition.  Check it out at: http://www.jewishexponent.com/article/26460/FatherDaughter_CoAuthors/

A scan of the printed edition is at: Exponent002

 
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A Number of Perkin Elmer SPCM AQRH 12 on eBay (No Connection to Seller)

My ongoing eBay search found a  number of Perkin Elmer SPCM AQRH-12 units.  Two are listed for $499 (buy-it-now) as working, one for $199 as “parts/repair.”  I have no connection to seller.

eBay auctions: 230835435238, 230835438679, and 320959423052 (parts/repair).

 
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At Least a Billion Femto Angstroms


 
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Tabletop Electron Accelerator Demonstrator at Trocadéro’s Gardens in Paris, France

Mini Electron Accelerator at Trocadero's Gardens in Paris. David Prutchi PhD, www.diyPhysics.com

Harvey Summers called my attention to a miniature electron accelerator that was built for an exhibit at the Trocadéro’s Gardens in Paris, France.  The device is an exhibit that was shown to the public for the first time during the CNRS exhibition “Entrée en matière” in November 2011.

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

SPCMs for sale on eBayToday 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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USA Science & Engineering Festival in Washington DC

Shanni Prutchi with Theo Gray, USA Science & Engineering Festival, Washington Dc, April 2012

We just came back from the USA Science & Engineering Festival in Washington DC, where we had the pleasure to meet fellow diy Science authors Theo Gray (Mad Science, The Elements, Popular Science’s Gray Matter, etc.) and William Gurstelle (Backyard Ballistics, Whoosh Boom Splat, The Practical Pyromaniac, etc.)

Shanni Prutchi with William Gurstelle at the USA Science & Engineering Festival, Washington DC, April 2012

 
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Posted to www.prutchi.com: diy High-Power UV/IR/Visible Flashlight

diy High-power UV/IR/Visible flashlight by David Prutchi PhD www.diyPhysics.com
I just posted detailed instructions for the construction of a high-power (10W) flashlight that has interchangeable LED heads to produce UV, IR, or visible illumination.
 
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New Isotope/Geiger Tube Holder at Images Scientific

Radioisotope/GM tube calibrated sled

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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 platform for radioactive isotopes 1″ diameter discs. The sled isotope holder is available in two sizes:  One that holds 1/8″ thick discs and the other to hold 1/4″ thick discs.

When used in conjunction with the Sled isotope holder a number of nuclear experiments may be performed such as the Inverse Square Law of radiation, half life, shielding effects, etc.

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

Perkin Elmer Excelitas single photon avalanche photodiodes on eBay  www.diyPhysics.comSomeone (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, if you are developing a SPCM, using $91 SPADs during debugging is a lot better than frying $1,000 TE-cooled SPADs.

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Is That Girl With the Green Hair Talking About Quantum Physics?

David and Shanni Prutchi at Barnes&Noble book signing.  Marlton, NJ April 18, 2012We had a very nice book presentation and discussion last night at Barnes & Noble in Marlton, NJ.  Quite a few curious shoppers stopped by while Shanni presented a lecture on diy Quantum Physics.  Thanks to our very few, but very loyal fans  :) Read more…

 
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Lecture on “Do It Yourself Quantum Physics” and Book Signing at Barnes & Noble this Tuesday

We have been invited by Barnes & Noble in Marlton Circle to their Educator’s Night to lecture on “Do It Yourself Quantum Physics”:

Educator Event Teachers are invited to meet authors David Prutchi and Shanni Prutchi for a “Do-It-Yourself Quantum Physics” night! Book Talks, thank-you bags, fun and door prizes also. CEUs available for attendance from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Call 856.596.6881 to register.
Tuesday April 17, 2012 6:30 PM Marlton 200 West Route 70, Marlton, NJ 08053, 856-596-7058
We will be lecturing at 7:30pm.  Our lecture at 7:30pm and meet & greet are open to the public.  We would love to see you there!
 
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Telling Apart 365 nm from 395 nm Ultraviolet LEDs and Flashlights

Comparison of fluorescence produced on Canadian bills by 365nm and 390nm UV LEDs. David Prutchi, Ph.D.Today I received an UltraFire WF-502B UV flashlight advertised as emitting at 365 nm.  I was wondering how to tell if it really does, especially since vendors commonly list it as emitting 365-400 nm.

Well, I was in Canada last week, and had $25 Canadian left over in my wallet, so I tried this flashlight and compared it to the fluorescence produced by an Inova X5MT-UVT 400 nm flashlight.  Much to my surprise, the 365 nm UltraFire caused fluorescence that did not show up at all under the Inova 395 nm flashlight. Read more…

 
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No Joke: Science Is A Laughing Matter – NPR’s Science Friday April 1st Edition

 h bar joke.  www.diyPhysics.com

Yesterday, Friday, March 30th, 2012, NPR’s Science Friday had its yearly April 1st “No Joke: Science Is A Laughing Matter” program.  Want to hear a joke about sodium hypobromite? NaBrO! Can science be the butt of a good joke? Ira Flatow and guests test the hypothesis in an annual April Fools’ joke-a-thon. They share the best gags in the business. Sidesplitting or groan-worthy? You decide.

Program announcement in NPR’s Archive:

 http://www.sciencefriday.com/program/archives/201203301

Download mp3 of the show: http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/traffic.libsyn.com/sciencefriday/scifri201203301.mp3

 

 
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Testing Electronic Goldmine’s “Giant Super Sensitive Geiger Muller Tube MC6”

Russian-made MC6 Geiger Muller Tube evaluated by David Prutchi PhD www.diyPhysics.com

I purchased two “Giant Super Sensitive MC6” GM tubes from Electronic Goldmine (Item Number : G18717, Unit Price: $89.95).  These are Russian-made new-old-stock model MC6.  They are 10.25″ long x 0.9″ diameter.  I compared the sensitivity of these tubes to the other GM tubes that I use with my CDV700 Pro Geiger Counter. Read more…

 
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