IMPORTANT - PLEASE READ: Cascade announcements

Raymond Woo rwoo at
Sun Jul 1 16:12:54 PDT 2007

Also, for clarification, the EE410 probe station located in the CAD/SNF 
storage room is managed by John Schott.  The Rucker/Kolls probe station 
located in CIS152 is managed by myself and an as of yet unnamed person 
(any volunteers??).

- Ray

duygu at wrote:
> Hi all,
> In addition to Mihir's announcements, we'll prepare 'procedures' to 
> use Temptronic, temperature controller. It has been down for a long 
> while and took a lot of effort to get it back.Please wait for 
> procedures, before starting to use the system.
> Regards,
> Duygu
> Quoting mihirt at
>> Hi all,
>>      Some announcements and updates regarding the Cascade probe station
>> in CIS 152.
>> 1) The repaired chiller is back from Temptronic. It has been installed,
>> and the temp. controller is ready for use. Please remember that the
>> system is to be used only from -40 to +150 degrees.
>> 2) We have ordered and received 4 more probe holders (to replace the
>> broken ones). Unfortunately, two more of our original probe holders
>> were damaged in the meantime, leaving us with _five_ total working
>> holders. We have ordered two more to bring the total to seven. This
>> will allow us to work with 6 manipulators and have 1 backup.
>> 3) Due to the high ongoing cost of these repairs and part replacements,
>> as well as high Cascade use, we have consulted with faculty and arrived
>> at the conclusion that the user list needs to be rebooted. ALL USERS
>> We will begin re-qualifying users for the Cascade immediately. The
>> criteria for requalification are:
>> - Demonstration of a compelling reason to use the Cascade (i.e. why
>> your measurements cannot be performed elsewhere). These reasons should
>> be demonstrated to Gaurav, Duygu, and Mihir. Simple IVs and CVs should
>> be performed on the EE410 system managed by Raymond Woo.
>> - Accompanying three separate users on three separate days to observe
>> proper loading procedures.
>> - Final training by Gaurav (gthareja at, Duygu (duygu), or
>> Mihir (mihirt).
>> It is our hope that this additional training will prevent system
>> downtime and expensive repairs. Paring the userlist will also allow us
>> to expand the reservation limits.
>> More detailed announcements will be posted in CIS 152.
>> --Mihir Tendulkar
>> Applied Physics PhD Candidate
>> Nishi Group, Stanford University

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