Swagelok Northern California Blog

Lemons are Sour. Here’s Why.

Scientists have finally discovered the answer to a 2-year vexing question. Certain proteins that act like very tiny pumps for ions have been discovered in the DNA of lemons, but are all but absent from sweet citrus like oranges. The researchers found them while studying petunias, which have similar pumps for coloring their petals.

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When Semiconductors Stick Together, Materials Go Quantum

DOE and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory researchers have developed a method that can turn ordinary semiconducting materials into quantum machines. The method stacks together 2D layers of tungsten disulfide and tungsten diselenide to create a superlattice with exotic physical properties. The twist angle between the layers is what turns this 2D semiconducting system into an exotic quantum material with highly interacting electrons.

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Super-hot Glass Defies Law of Physics, Opening New Possibilities for Screens

Silicate glass—the type used in display screens and fiber optics—when electrically heated can superheat even to vapor near the anode while remaining solid elsewhere, defying Joule’s first law of thermodynamics. Researchers at Lehigh University have discovered that the electrical field causes a nanoscale change in the structure and chemistry of the glass.

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Common Challenges with Process Sampling Systems

Any analyzer engineer will tell you that process sampling systems can be challenging to operate correctly. If any components within your sampling system fail, your facility may experience downtime, potential economic loss, and perhaps major safety concerns. Here are some of the most common sampling system challenges we’ve seen in our combined 80 years of experience.

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Actuation Gives Swagelok Ball Valves Extra Versatility

We offer them in pneumatic or electric versions, with a manual override too

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Breakthrough Reported in Fabricating Nanochips

An international team of researchers has developed a new method of fabricating atom-thin processors for eventual use in smaller and faster semiconductors. The new method, thermal scanning probe lithography (t-SPL), uses far less power than the traditional method, and produces 2D transistors of much higher quality.

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MIT Team Invents Method to Shrink Objects to the Nanoscale

The Open Source Fusor Research Consortium has confirmed that Jackson Oswalt of Memphis, TN has become the youngest person in history to achieve nuclear fusion. In what used to be the playroom in his parents’ house, Jackson used 50,000V of electricity to heat deuterium gas in a vacuum, fusing the atoms’ nuclei and creating a fusion reaction.

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12-Year-Old Becomes Youngest to Achieve Nuclear Fusion Using Home Lab

The Open Source Fusor Research Consortium has confirmed that Jackson Oswalt of Memphis, TN has become the youngest person in history to achieve nuclear fusion. In what used to be the playroom in his parents’ house, Jackson used 50,000V of electricity to heat deuterium gas in a vacuum, fusing the atoms’ nuclei and creating a fusion reaction.

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How to Manage Vaporization in Sampling Systems

If the analyzer in your analytical sampling system requires gas, but the sample is liquid, the only option is to convert the liquid to gas. This process is called vaporization or flash vaporization. The objective is to convert a sample of all liquid to vapor instantly without changing the composition. It’s common to use a vaporizer, a pressure-reducing regulator with the capacity to transfer heat to the sample at just the right location, in a three-stage process.

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The Inside Story On Swagelok Ball Valves

With so many configuration options, it's worth getting familiar with the catalog

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