It seems as though we’ve all been saying the same things this week. “I can’t believe we’re halfway done.” “It feels like I just got here yesterday.” “Time is flying by!” And this is all very true. My experiences so far in D.C.
This week got off to a good start. I spent Monday as a nano-scale scullery maid! Translation: I suited up in a lab coat, gloves, and goggles and used a chemical process to clean off our silicon target substrate several times to be sure it was spic and span.
The fourth week has definitely been the most calm out of all of them. Maybe it’s just that I’m getting used to busy city life, or maybe it’s just that this week wasn’t as filled with internship action as the previous weeks. But it was still a good week.
It’s hard for me to believe that this summer program is almost halfway over—the last few weeks have gone by so fast that I can barely keep track. If the next few weeks keep up like this I will definitely be exhausted by August. This last week has been no exception to the craziness.
I spent Saturday running errands. Sunday was a little more exciting. I went to a bouldering gym with a few of the SPS interns and met an intern working in an international justice department. We all ended up going out to sushi together, meeting up with more SPS interns for an all-you-can-eat sushi dinner. I ended up joining the gym on my next visit.
The end of a hard week motioned in the beginning of a very full weekend. On Saturday, a couple interns and I made our way back down to the Nationals’ Stadium for DC’s annual beer and wine festival. Newly legal, I am a novice on the intricacies of craft beer.
First and foremost, the target substrate is ready! It was finished on Friday. I spent the other days mostly working on the material exfoliation process. On Monday, Teresa and I analyzed more I-V data and obtained the charge mobility of a silicon transistor.