Week 4 Update: some things are working now?

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This morning, when I checked my email, I saw a new message that began with a sentence I never thought I’d see: “The PREX experiment is running pretty well”. After all of the technical issues we’ve faced over the past few weeks, things finally seem to be going well. At the very least, we managed […]

Week 3 Update: Murphy’s Law and the end of training

One thing I have realized since starting work on PREX: I never believed in Murphy’s Law until I spent three weeks at JLab. Murphy’s Law was popularized with the release of the movie Interstellar; it more or less says that, in any situation, anything that could possibly go wrong will go wrong. I’ve already outlined […]

Week 2 update: We have data!!

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PREX is a large-scale experiment with hundreds of collaborators. As with any big group project, things often happen that are beyond anybody’s control. This is a diplomatic way of expressing the truth:┬ásince I’ve arrived, at least one thing has been broken at any given time. The beam was supposed to start running two weeks ago, […]