Archive for February, 2012

A little work, a little play…

Posted: February 27, 2012 in Hobbies, Science, Work

I meant to post this a couple of weeks ago, but I forgot… Oops.

I’m starting my second week of work at the lab. Most of the first week was administrative stuff: paperwork, paperwork… and a little more paperwork, but believe it or not,  I have gotten some actual science done!

And all work and no play makes for a grumpy vagabond, so I even managed to get out and do something fun this weekend!

First, the science: I’ve not gotten much ACTUAL work done, but I have managed to squeeze in some time to read a few papers. Mostly, I’ve been reading up on the class of materials known as topological insulators. These are strongly correlated materials which have bulk insulating behavior, yet they still support non-trivial surface states. There is a lot of interest in these materials, particularly because the 3D topological insulators are a strong candidate material for the experimental observation of majorana fermions. Since I don’t actually know much about these materials, I’ve got a lot of reading ahead of me, but the topic is fascinating!

Now the fun: I finally got an opportunity to actually get out and fence for the first time since moving out here. It’s a bit of a hike to get to the practice – it’s all the way down in Albuquerque, which is about an hour drive each way (50ish miles). On the plus side, it’s generally a long practice. I got to fence essentially non-stop from 11am to after 3pm, which was awesome. The practice is well worth the drive, it’s on Sundays, and guarantees me a really good workout on the weekend! In addition, there are some really nice people there, and I’m looking forward to making many new friends.

Finally, a haiku:

The processors are slow;
sun highlights snowy mountains.
I could be fencing.