Accession Number : ADP001524

Title :   'Atomic Clocks'. Preview of an Exhibit at the Smithsonian,


Personal Author(s) : Forman,Paul

Report Date : 1982

Pagination or Media Count : 3

Abstract : Early in December of this year the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History (formerly...of History and Technology) will open an exhibit on the historical development of atomic frequency and time standards. 'Atomic Clocks' will occupy about 100 square meter behind the exhibit 'Atom Smashers...Fifty Years.' Intended as a long-term temporary exhibit, 'Atomic Clocks' will remain for several years. The idea, conceptual structure, and collection of objects and illustrations for this exhibit is due chiefly to Dr. Geiger, who worked on this project for more than two years from 1979 through 1981. It was given that the exhibit would be historical, for that is characteristic of this museum. In presenting the history of science and technology, rather than current science and technology, we are able to engage and inform not merely the lay visitor but also the scientist and engineer, and most effectively those most knowledgeable about the field in question.

Descriptors :   *Frequency, *Control, *Symposia, *Atomic clocks, Time, Stabilization, Standards, Measurement, Atomic beams, Optical pumping, Quartz, Crystals

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE