Mini-Symposium: Fiftieth Anniversary of the Discovery
of Synchrotron Radiation
Wednesday, April 16, 1997, 2:00-5:00 pm

The Wednesday afternoon general session of the User Meeting will consist of a mini-symposium commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of the discovery of synchrotron radiation. The mini-symposium will recall the first visual observation of synchrotron radiation on April 24, 1947, from the 70 MeV synchrotron at the General Electric Research Lab. This event was followed by the first spectroscopic studies using the VUV radiation from the 300 MeV synchrotron at Cornell in 1952 and detailed measurements of the properties of radiation from the 180 MeV synchrotron at the National Bureau of Standards in 1963. The first UV radiation beam from a storage ring operating at 240 MeV was used for spectroscopy at TANTALUS (University of Wisconsin) in 1966. The Cambridge Electron Accelerator stored 3.5 GeV particles to deliver x-rays for early science in 1972. The large storage ring at Stanford (SPEAR), a source of both UV radiation and x-rays, was where early applications of synchrotron radiation to very many areas of science began in 1974. These important events led to the success of a number of synchrotron radiation facilities world-wide, resulting in significant new research in numerous areas of science.


2:00 - 5:00 p.m. Mini-Symposium: Fiftieth Anniversary of the Discovery of Synchrotron Radiation
  Dean Eastman, Chair
  Bldg. 402, Lecture Hall
2:00 p.m. The Discovery-April 24, 1947
  John Blewett
2:30 p.m. First Spectroscopic Studies in the VUV at the Cornell 300 MeV
  Boris Batterman
3:00 p.m. SURF I: The Start of Synchrotron Radiation Research at NBS-1961
  Robert Madden
3:30 p.m. Break
4:00 p.m. First Storage Ring (240 MeV) for UV Radiation-1966
  David Lynch
4:30 p.m. First Storage Ring (3.5 GeV) for X-rays: CEA-1972
  Herman Winick