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"Some Early Synchrotron Radiation History"


Synchrotron radiation has existed, probably, since the very early universe, but humans first produced it only in the last 75 years. Cornell Professor Paul Hartman (1913-2005), was a pioneer of the field who made MANY contributions to the development of CHESS. At the 1988 CHESS User Meeting Paul gave a talk on the early development of synchrotron radiation and first experiments done with it, performed here at Cornell.

Paul Hartman

Paul as an undergraduate at the University of Nevada after building this telescope. 

Paul was an outstanding teacher and experimenter so it is fitting the Hartman Prize be given (on alternate years by Cornell departments of Physics and Applied & Engineering Physics) to recognize outstanding work in Experimental Physics by an undergraduate. The 1988 talk, reproduced here, illustrates the unique style of much of Paul's historic writing. Other documents are cited in the article linked to above, and Paul also wrote "A Memoir on The Physical Review" (available from American Institute of Physics), "The Cornell Physics Department: Recollections and a History of Sorts", and a detailed account of the Cornell Materials Science Center, "MSC decade and a half", among other articles.

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CHESS logo

The official CHESS logo as drawn by Paul Hartman, showing the Cornell McGraw Clock Tower encircled by a particle beam emitting synchrotron radiation.



Submitted by: Ken Finkelstein, CHESS, Cornell University