Research and education quanta of an experimental physicist

RIGOL DS6104 OSCILLOSCOPE ARRIVED

Nov 10, 2014 learning electronics oscilloscope

The Rigol DS6104 oscilloscope I purchased with my start-up arrived today. It has no touch screen, but the price is 1/3 of those from big companies. The CD attached contains the software and drivers to operate the oscilloscope through USB or LAN. The readme file tells you to download USB driver from NI first.
But it is misleading. One just need to extract files from \SOFTWARE\Ultra Sigma(PC)Installer.rar using 7z, run setup.exe and all drivers from NI will be installed automatically.

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USB OSCILLOSCOPES VERSUS BENCH ONES

Nov 07, 2014 learning electronics oscilloscope

The stand-alone bench oscilloscope in practice is better than cheap USB ones.
The later normally has very poor front-end electronics, low sampling rate and narrow bandwidth. Picotech provides high-end USB oscilloscopes. Given the same price, USB ones provides higher precision, more memory, more functions and better data logging, but less bandwidth and sampling rate than bench oscilloscopes.

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GET SSN FIRST WHEN MOVING IN US

Oct 30, 2014 living

SSN is the first thing one has to apply for when he arrives in US. It is needed for driving test, enrollment of health benefits, etc. One can find a nearby agency on http://www.ssa.gov/ssnumber/ to apply for it.

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GET FUNDED IN JAPAN AS A FOREIGNER

Oct 01, 2014 research Japan grant

A postdoc in Japan can already apply for regular funding individually. The easiest one is called “Young Scientist B”. It can only be applied for by individuals below 39 without any other fund. The total amount of fund is below 5M Yen. The average rate to get funded is about 28%. Another one with similar amount of money is called “Challenging Exploratory Research”. It is slightly harder to get, but is not exclusive as “Young B”. One can apply for this one together with “Young Scientist A”, which provides up to 50M Yen for individuals below 39. If you are above 39, the easiest one would be “Scientific Research C”. It provides the same amount of money as “Young B” without any limit on age.

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OWN A CAR IN JAPAN

Oct 01, 2014 living Japan car

parking in Japan 
cities

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Blogs on physics research and educational activities of Jing LIU, an assistant professor in physics at the University of South Dakota. He is an experimental physicist developing novel particle detectors for astroparticle physics and civil use.