I build and repair scientific instruments that are used to generate and investigate ions under conditions similar to those in outer space..
I also help the chemists to set up new experiments and help them to troubleshoot their equipment..
My work deals with a broad range of devices: High voltage and radio frequency generators, lasers, detectors and the instruments that process the measurements, including computers.
Some of the things we need cannot be bought, so I have to build them myself. This is the part of my work I like best, because I can build something from the first sketch to the final product.
I also do computer support and administer our web server.
This method gives a 50x improvement in signal to noise ratio compared to
normal absorption spectroscopy.
It can be combined with production modulation to further improve sensitivity.
Schematic diagram of the FM-spectroscopy setup