Last week, at this time, I was sitting in the Brookhaven National Laboratory's Center for Functional Nanomaterials (CFN). It was hour seven (and a half). Of an all-night electron beam lithography run.
Anyway, the control for this system is a rather clunky poorly translated computer program. And the coolest control panel I've ever gotten to play with.
Bat Computer, except is has a BIG RED BUTTON. And, that panel slides open, to reveal,
Anyway, the guys ebeaming before us finished at 3AM, so we picked it up there and successfully finished by the 9AM shift. Alas, we don't really know if the thing was truly successful, because some idiot mixed Piranha etch with some sort of organic solvent. To quote Wikipedia: "Mixing piranha with organic solvents...will cause an explosion." To quote Mike: Piranha etch+organic solvent = BOOM!! Fortunately, no one was hurt, but the clean room is closed down for (at least) two days for cleanup. So, the next step of the process is on hold for a bit. Stay tuned...