Rod in Research Lab
Rod preparing to mount a crystal sample in the field of the large magnet. Rod did several years of ESR (electron spin resonance) research after he shut down the microwave spectroscopy lab. This is in Joe Hadley's primary research area.
Rod adjusts the microwave frequency electronics for detecting the electron spin resonance signals. The dewar flask hanging over the magnet behind him is to allow data collection as low as liquid nitrogen temperature. The crystal samples are irradiated with high doses of x-rays to do damage to the biologically related crystal materials. Sometimes the free-radicals produced are unstable, so we study them at very low temperatures first to get closer to seeing the nature of the original damage. Then we watch the changes as we take data at higher and higher temperatures.
Rod in his office, 514B Kell Hall, which he occupied from 1968 until about 1990 when he moved to an office in the Science Annex which adjoins the Natural Science Center. In 1991 he opened a teaching laboratory in 222 NSC, developed with a grant based on his Conceptual Physics course for educating science teachers for high school and middle school.