Visit To Cork

February 27, 2014 at 8:31 pm

Last week, I went on a trip to Cork, while there, I acquired an oscilloscope and visited Dr. Patrick McCarthy of UCC.

Dr. McCarthy took me into his office and showed me around his lab for a few hours and I talked to him for a bit about my plans for the Fusor.  Dr. McCarthy also brought in one of his students, Mr. Cormac McCarthy – all 3 of us are unrelated!  – and explained a few things which are involved in plasma physics.  In his lab, Dr. McCarthy does a lot of research into plasmas, he has a machine/experiment set up which negatively ionizes helium-4 and is very like a Fusor in the equipment involved in it.  It was a brilliant experience to visit a University lab and talk to someone experienced in Dr. McCarthy’s field.

 

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Me and Dr. McCarthy.

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Dr. McCarthy’s vacuum chamber and associated equipment.

Dr. McCarthy's spare parts.

Dr. McCarthy’s spare parts.

Dr. McCarthy's control panel.

Dr. McCarthy’s control panel.

 

The oscilloscope I got was acquired free of charge, a man named Richard Tarr most kindly agreed to donate the one he was selling when I emailed him. It’s a Kikusui, 20Mhz, twin channel oscilloscope. Model is COS5020. It’s in full working order, all I need to get are a probe or two and I’m away!  I’ll make a second post with pictures of the oscilloscope for sorting ease.

 

Me and Richard, sorry for the bad quality.

Me and Richard, sorry for the bad quality.

 

Thanks for reading,

Tom