Mad Scientess Jane Expat (nanila) wrote,
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Green with envy, I tell you.

Optical jealousy

Last week, I went for drinks with my friend who is now also a chemist masquerading as a physicist a physics lecturer at Heriot-Watt in Edinburgh. About a month ago, he got a big shiny grant to set up his first experimental system to do femtosecond spectroscopy.

What this means in laymans terms is that he now has a lot of money to spend on toys, including lasers and the bits that go with lasers, like an optics table, mirrors, mounts for the mirrors, posts to hold the mirrors, etc.

So what's in the picture, you ask? Clearly that's not the expensive laser. No, those are post holders. Anodized, coloured post holders. Anyone who's done a degree in natural sciences or worked in a laser lab will tell you that post holders are always black. If you have a number of different laser beams crammed together on one table, your only option for distinguishing their paths used to be coloured electrical tape.

Apparently, that's not true any more. And I'm horribly jealous. Of all the things I could be jealous about, I'm jealous because there are now coloured post holders available (at twice the price of the black ones) and I don't get to use them.

If anyone needs me, I'll be in the corner, pouting.
Tags: consumerist lust, science
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