The big idea of my master thesis was to build a new imaging setup using holographic imaging in order to do spin-dependent imaging of Bose-Einstein condensates. When I first talked to my supervisor-to-be, he enthusiastically explained that this could be used to image for instance spin domain walls. This sounded like a great adventure to me: to build something new, in order to study incredibly interesting phenomena, in Bose-Einstein condensates nonetheless! Add to that, that I would both do the building and some data-analysis of the images, and I was sold.
The topics in the research group are very diverse. Each week there is a group meeting where members present their progress. Usually, there is a good discussion which can lead to new insights. Next to that, we also had a meeting with our small team to discuss the results of the previous week and set goals for the coming days. Then, it was off to do experiments, programming, or analysing data, making for very varied weeks. I spent a lot of time on getting to know the current and new parts of the setup. It is an amazing feeling when you finally think you really understand your own new imaging system. In the end I did not reach my goal, but I had a great time working here.
Sanne Loth, Master’s student Experimental Physics