After finishing up my masters project for developing plans for a remote controlled laboratory demonstrating the Faraday Effect, its time to shift from plans into developing a prototype. Recent testing of the RCL concept involves identifying instruments capable of measuring a range of brightness from the laser, as well as being capable of providing visual feedback to a remote student so data can be measured remotely. The simple circuit consists of a simple light sensor (pink), visual data display (green), and a wifi access point called the CloudBit (orange).

The main challenge will be providing mechanical control of a polarizer that students could remotely rotate with simple web tools. Here’s a few photos of the lab components.