Thursday, July 14, 2005

Video is up!

The video of the test quench of the 900 is online now. Check it out!

7 comments:

melissa said...

Super cool. And the editing was excellent. ;)

ashley said...

may i ask what exactly that machine is for?? it's cool but kinda crazy!!

Geoff said...

Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) spectroscopy allows us to look at interactions between the atoms or nuclei that make up a molecule. These interactions give you information about the way that molecules are put together, and that can give you clues about what their function might be. The frequency of the NMR spectrometer that you use affects the size of molecules that you can study with this method. In the case of the 900 MHz spectrometer (the largest commercially available spectrometer right now) you can study large proteins and other biomolecules. This information can be used to develop cures for many different diseases. The quench of the system does not really have anything to do with its final function, it is just one step in the process of setting it up. It is however a really cool step!

ZenBrayn said...

That's a cool movie dude! By they way, was the "smoke" supposed to come out of the seams of the building like that???

ryoohki99 said...

You always have the coolest experiences! This video was so cool! I wish I had been there to see that!

Geoff said...

Yes the "smoke," which is actually water vapor condensing in the cold helium gas, is supposed to come out of the building like that. There is a large duct to direct the gas out of the building and the opening for the duct is right behind a small wall. In the end it looks like it is coming out of the seams of the building.

ashley said...

i see... that machine is pretty nifty. thanks for the explanation for us lay people!