Monthly Archives: January 2013

Getting Through a Tough Placement

This is a post dedicated to the placement student of the future. Most placements go off without any major problems, result in a good mark at the end and a good learning experience. The vast majority of people won’t be … Continue reading

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Up-Goer Five – Single Photon Avalanche Diodes!

I am going to explain what I did at the place where they help some strange people to do hard things they can’t do on their own because it needs lots of money. Often this means making very small things … Continue reading

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The Programming Game

When I was learning my first programming language (Fortran 95) two or three years ago, the students in my class had a fun little game; to see who could solve the problem in the fewest number of lines of code! … Continue reading

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Quantum Ignorance

“Quantum ignorance” might sound like a joke, like something a non-scientist might say to show they know nothing whatsoever about quantum mechanics. Well, here’s the punchline; “quantum ignorance” is a real thing in quantum mechanics. Even better, I’ll explain why … Continue reading

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To SPAD or not to SPAD?

Since February last year, I’ve been working non-stop on a technology called Single Photon Avalanche Diodes (SPADs). They’re quite fascinating things really, and once the (26-thousand word) dissertation is out the way, I’m thinking of publishing a few free posts … Continue reading

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The New Year is Dead.

We had a short year last year (it was almost as long as the mean!) and it surely has flown by. For me, it was a year of ups and downs, and hopefully I’m about to give a fair appraisal of what … Continue reading

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