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Writing about physics
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One more exam done with, and it only sucked a little bit. Just one more to go (friday) and then I'm done for the year. Huzzah. And I realised on the bus home that when that's done I'm actually half way through my degree. Scary.

I've also been pondering more stuff that I can do over the summer to stop myself from spiralling ito boredom and apathy, and one of the thoughts that I had was "write more LJ", which was immediately followed by the counter-thought "what about?" One thing I pondered was the idea of writing a series of "physics for laymen" type entries. This sounds like it could possibly be fun and interesting to do, but only if anyone would actually be interested in reading them.

So, who here would actually read if I did something like that? Which bits would you would you be more interested in? The esoteric (relativity, quantum mechanics, etc.) or the familiar (classical mechanics, electromagnetism, thermodynamics, etc.)? Would you care about the historical context and the people involved, or just in the science? How much maths should I include? And so on and so forth.

Essentially, I want to tell me whether the idea sucks, whether you'd actually read any of it, and any other thoughts you have.


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What sort of stuff are you actually working on anyway?

The main body of my work is optical methods for controlling morphology of silicon meso-structures produced by laser ablation. Essentially I ablate a piece of silicon with a UV laser, tweaking the experimental parameters until I get something potentially useful. I then try and model what happened.

I'm also working on a lot of post-processing of the structures - making them sharper, longer, porous, etc. If that wasn't enough I'm investigating the structures for potential photonic and photovoltaic device usage.

Nifty. The early mention of the word "optical" had me feeing in terror at too many memories of lab classes spent squinting down eyepieces. That doesn't seem terribly likely with UV lasers though :) It all sounds interesting though; if you ever do get around to writing about it, be sure to poke me at it.

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