Excuse a brief moment of frivolity please. OMG, This is So *#($&#@ cool!!!
OK, now that I've got that out of my system we can move on. The can crusher simulator port from IDL to Sage is complete and it's working spectacularly well! I was able to run simulations to find out what the temperature of the can would increase to due to the magnetic pulse. I was also able to plot the magnetic field in a sphere around the pulisng coil to determine if the coil as specified would provide a high enough magnetic field to quench the entire superconducting Pb sample at once. Meanwhile, work is continuing on fixing the vacuum leak detector. I was unable to find an instrument panel bulb to attempt the kluge fix suggested below, so it looks like I'll be ordering a replacement part instead.
If you're new to the experiment, you can find background by scrolling to the bottom of the page.
A superconductor can be rapidly transitioned back to its normal state by placing it in a strong magnetic field. My experiment will look for H-rays emitted by both a Pb and a YBCO superconductor when it is quenched by a strong magnetic field.
The lab book entries in this series detail the preparation and execution of this experiment… mostly. I also have a few theory projects involving special relativity and quantum field theory. Occasionally, they appear in these pages.