Week 4: Quantum Models and More

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Friday, June 28, 2013


Alexandra Day

My fourth week as an SPS intern was quite enjoyable! I’m really enjoying my new accommodations at George Washington University and I’m adjusting well to my commute. It’s exciting to be in a metropolitan area with so many people and so much going on.

This week at NIST I worked more on my model about quantum effects in MOSFETs and got valuable guidance from some of the other members in my group. I’m constructing a hybrid model from two existing models, which involves solving differential equations and applying boundary conditions. I’ve been able to find expressions for all of the wave functions in my model, which is an exciting accomplishment. It’s fun to challenge myself with more theoretical work than I’m used to, and I’m excited to see how the rest of it comes together!

On Thursday night, I went to a reception with the other interns at the American Center for Physics in College Park. An especially memorable aspect of the evening was meeting Katharine Gebbie, the former director of the Physical Measurement Lab at NIST. Many of the other interns were excited to talk to her as well, and we had a great conversation. I really appreciate that SPS encourages all of the interns to network and talk to people in different fields; it’s a great experience and is really eye-opening.

On Friday night, all of the interns gathered for dinner at ACP and traveled downtown to see a political satire group called The Capitol Steps. I had a great time, and it was a wonderful way to unwind at the end of the week. I can’t believe how quickly the summer is flying by!

Alexandra Day