Recollections Of "tucson Operations": The Millimeter-Wave Observatory of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory by M.A. GordonRecollections Of "tucson Operations": The Millimeter-Wave Observatory of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory by M.A. Gordon

Recollections Of "tucson Operations": The Millimeter-Wave Observatory of the National Radio…

byM.A. Gordon

Paperback | October 22, 2010

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A personal account of the evolution of millimeter-wave astronomy at the US National Radio Astronomy Observatory. The author recounts the behind-the-scenes activities of the staff from the beginnings at Kitt Peak to the closing of the Tuscon offices.
Title:Recollections Of "tucson Operations": The Millimeter-Wave Observatory of the National Radio…Format:PaperbackDimensions:238 pagesPublished:October 22, 2010Publisher:Springer NetherlandsLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Foreword. 1: The Early Years. 1.1 The National Radio Astronomy Observatory. 1.2 A Millimeter-Wave Telescope 1.3 The 36-ft Telescope. 1.4 The Kitt Peak Site. 2: Construction of the Telescope. 2.1 The Rohr Corporation Design. 2.2 Actual Construction. 2.3 Initial Performance. 2.4 Initial Support for Operations. 3: Radio Lines from Molecules. 3.1 The Gold Rush. 3.2 Lingering Technical Problems. 4: Dispatched to Tucson. 4.1 Learning How the NRAO Functioned. 4.2 My Research Interests Moving Toward Tucson. 4.3 The Meeting. 5: Expanding the Tucson Facilities. 5.1 Physical Environment. 5.2 Relationship to KPNO. 5.3 Finding New Space. 5.4 New Mountain Laboratory. 5.5 New Operators' Dormitory. 5.6 The Sewage Crisis. 5.7 The Fate of Our KPNO Office Space. 5.8 Moving to the University of Arizona. 5.9 New Astronomer Dormitories on Kitt Peak. 6: Providing Adequate Electricity. 6.1 External Power. 6.2 Papago Tribal Utility. 6.3 Ground Currents. 7: Lightning and Kitt Peak. 8: Software. 8.1 The First Version. 8.2 Implementation of Green Bank Software. 8.3 FORTH. 8.4 The VAX Years. 8.5 Moving to Unix. 8.6 Off-Line Data Reduction. 8.6.1 Spectroscopy. 8.6.2 Continuum Mapping. 9: Millimeter-Wave Electronics. 9.1 Local Oscillators. 9.2 Quasi-Optical Techniques. 9.3 Receivers. 9.4 Failures. 9.4.1 Millimeter-Wave Parametric Amplifier. 9.4.2 Millimeter-Wave Bolometer. 9.4.3 The Hybrid spectrometer. 10: Quantifying mm-Wave Astronomy. 11: Scheduling. 11.1 The Initial Schedulers. 11.2 Local Control. 11.3 Paranoia and the Law of the Jungle. 12: Improving Telescope Performance. 12.1 "Foiling" the 36-ft Telescope. 12.2 The Teepee. 13: The 25-m Telescope. 13.1 What Should We Build? 13.2 Where Should We Build It? 13.3 Preparing the Formal Proposal. 13.4 Negotiating for a Mauna Kea Site. 13.5 The Funding Process. 13.6 A New 12-m Surface for the 36-ft Telescope. 14: Odds and Ends. 14.1 NSF Reorganization. 14.2 Barry Goldwater's Visit. 14.3 The Chinese Visit. 14.4 AUI Board Meetings in Tucson. 14.5 Changing NRAO Directors. 15: The MMA and ALMA. 15.1 The Millimeter-Wave Array. 15.2 ALMA. 16: The Twilight Years. 16.1 Closing the 12-m Telescope---Part 1. 16.2 Closing the 12-m Telescope---Part 2. 16.3 Closing of the NRAO's "Tucson Operations". A: Time Line. B: List of Tucson Employees. C: Glossary.