I am currently in Lisbon attending the ANIMMA 2015 conference.
- Advancements in Nuclear Instrumentation Measurement Methods and their Applications
I gave my talk yesterday which means I can relax a bit more now.
The talk included a live demonstration of a new type of thermometer which I hope will prove useful to someone here.
The talk went well. By this I mean that the talk was followed by many questions rather than deadly silence.
And the demonstration worked! The thermometer is an acoustic thermometer consisting of a tube with a tiny microphone and speaker at one end.
I used the microphone/loudspeaker connection on my laptop to ping sound along a tube and measure the echo.
And using clever software written by colleagues I could work out the temperature.
I think the simplicity of the demonstration convinced people that the technique was real rather than just another idea.
I hope so because many people worked very hard for years to make it that simple!
While I am away, I hope you enjoy the movie at the head of the page.
I made it a few months ago by walking up and down every corridor in NPL taking a picture of the title of each lab door.
It took more than two hours just to take the pictures! But the movie takes only a little over 4 minutes.
My aim was to try to capture the diversity of activities at NPL.
I hope you enjoy it and find at least one lab door with an intriguing title.