Let the calibration begin!!

2007-10-08 13:09:17.000 – Linnea Koons,  Summit Intern

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The Observatory has just purchased 2 shiny new pieces of equipment as part of the RIU (Research Infrastructure Upgrade) project. On the left is the powerful TTI-7 – a high precision, highly accurate thermometer and to the right is the Hyperion – a high precision, high accuracy icebath. Together they will serve as the Obs standard and be used to calibrate ALL of our other thermometers.

Why bother with this?

The Obs currently uses seven different types of thermometers to take the temperature. All of them give us slightly different results.

So the question arises: is the discrepancy a function of where the thermometers are located or does each thermometer read slightly different?

We need to know if we can trust our equipment so my project for my duration as an intern here will be to calibrate all of the thermometers (including spares) and provide a correction factor for each individual thermometer.

Stay tuned for the results!

 

Linnea Koons,  Summit Intern

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