In Pittsburgh

The first pictures I took myself in the lab. It is the end of my first work week at Pitt, some things have been set in motion. We have a conference table, chairs, microwave, minifridge (for food), a vintage whiteboard and a bicycle.

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And we have a microscope which will be used for micropositioning of nanowires and as an electrical probe station.

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Construction Update

The lab construction is ahead of schedule and very far along. Great job Mascaro, Wilson Architects and the Pitt management team!

Fridge room. The trench is covered by wood, eventually will be aluminum grids. At the ceiling you can see two rails for a crane.

Pump room. Acoustically isolated doors and pump lines coming out at the top.

Control corridor. This is where the data acquisition computers will be.

Impressive pipework!

They are now working on installing the floors. Anti-static flooring will be used around the fridges to protect devices from blowing up.

Pump room

The construction has moved on to the acoustic room that will house pumps and compressors. This equipment creates a lot of noise and for that reason it should be isolated from the rest of the lab. You can see the walls made of special sound-proof material on the right. Fridges will be on the left and the pipes up by the ceiling will connect pumps to the fridges. The room has multiple doors, and each door will be sealed carefully along the perimeter.