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SIT-Summer Institute in Taiwan
Academic Exchange & Cultural Experience in Taiwan
Ryan Desautels
My visit to Taiwan and NCHU has been a valuable scientific and cultural experience. I was able to learn about and observe thin film deposition, perform deposition experiments myself, learn about TEM experiments and sample preparation, perform alternating gradient magnetometry and magnetoresistance experiments. Furthermore, I have obtained the thin film samples necessary to complete a significant portion of my Ph. D. research project in Canada. Equally valuable was the experience that I have gained working with Dr. Lin and his research group. It was apparent that there were substantial differences in the research environments between my research group in Canada and my host group in Taiwan. Due to the nature of my research project at NCHU, which involved the use of equipment completely unfamiliar to me, I had to rely heavily on Dr. Lin and his graduate students to help me learn about the laboratory equipment in order to complete my research goals. It was necessary for Dr. Lin's students to teach me how to use their equipment and to communicate to me the details of thin film deposition, magnetoresistance experiments, sample preparation for the various experimental techniques, and the methods used to analyse the data. In return, for their help, I instructed them on several data analysis techniques that I am familiar with and I gave an invited talk to Dr. Lin's research group of experiments and experimental techniques that I have experience working with which included x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, x-ray magnetic circular dichroism, magnetometry, susceptometry and Mössbauer spectroscopy experiments. During the course of my visit to NCHU, Dr. Lin's group and I have learned, despite our cultural differences and despite the inherent difficulties in communication, how to function together to achieve our research goals. As a result, I believe that both Dr. Lin's students and myself have benefited from this experience by learning about each other's research projects and research environment. I look forward to having the opportunity to continue collaborating with Dr. Lin and to begin new collaborations with his graduate students in the future. This program has successfully created new collaborative opportunities between myself and future researchers in Taiwan.
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