April 10, 2017 at 6:27 pm

Jack Bruno | Pulsed Laser Deposition

Jack Bruno

Jack Bruno

Jack Bruno presented “Pulsed Laser Deposition”at the 2017 Ohio University Society of Physics Students Research Conference held in March.

Bruno worked in Dr. Arthur Smith’s lab and completed the setup of an exci­mer pulsed laser deposition system. After finishing the setup, Jack did the first tests of firing the laser and then the first tests of depos­iting a series of thin metal films using this laser system.  He began to develop a substrate heater for future growth of crystalline thin films.

“I learned quite a bit about the benefits of using high energy deposition to produce extremely thin homogeneous films,” Bruno says. “I also learned an unexpectedly large amount about excimer lasers and the gas regulation necessary for their operation. The work took place over the entire summer in the Clippinger Research Annex. I met with Dr. Smith about once per week to discuss progress on the system construction and coding, current problems, and plans for upcoming steps and potential applications of the system. The experience taught me more about the actual process of lab work than any class. I learned bits of machining, coding, and other skills out of necessity which was stressful but also immensely valuable and fun. This internship was the first time I felt like I was really a scientist rather than just a student. It cemented my plans to devote my career to experimental science.”

Jack Bruno – Physics major, Class of 2019, Honors Tutorial College

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