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Rescheduling – High-Power Microwave Tube Development at Stanford and SLAC

Time & Date: To be determined

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Venue: KeyPoint Credit Union
2805 Bowers Ave (just off Central Expressway)
Santa Clara, CA 95051

Park in lot adjacent to building on Bowers Ave.

Our Thanks To KeyPoint Credit Union

IEEE SV Tech History committee is extremely grateful to KeyPoint Credit Union for use of their auditorium as our prime venue. Many thanks to Doron Noyman of KeyPoint for his support in making that happen.
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Abstract:
The SF Bay Area has been a hotbed to technology development since the beginning of the 20th century. In this interview panel meeting, you’ll hear how Sigurd and Russell Varian came up with the plans for the klystron at Stanford in the late ’30’s, with critical theoretical contributions from Bill Hansen, physics professor. With a focus on Hansen, we’ll see how the theory and practice of microwave tubes developed locally during and after WW II, resulting in small linear accelerators, and eventually into the 2-mile-long Stanford Linear Accelerator, out behind the campus. The klystron and linear accelerator technology is still in use today around the world, as the prime radiation treatment for cancer.

Dave Leeson is in the final stages of a two-volume book on the life and career of Bill Hansen; he’ll give us ‘inside information’ about those early days, and how this breakthrough happened. Following Dave’s discussions, Dr. Burton Richter will tell of the early days of SLAC, and stories of how it was constructed and used. he’ll conclude with some of the physics experiments leading up to his Nobel Prize in 1976.

Join us for an interview of Profs. David Leeson and Burton Richter, as Paul Wesling, IEEE Life Fellow, explores this Silicon Valley technology

Panelists:

Prof. David Leeson, consulting professor of Electrical Engineering at Stanford.
Prof. Leeson is finishing a book on Bill Hansen’s career and contributions.

Prof. Burton Richter (tentative), Physical Sciences, Stanford, and Director Emeritus at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center.
Prof. Richter began post-doc work at Stanford in 1956, becoming a professor in 1967, and designed the Stanford Positron-Electron Accelerating Ring (SPEAR). He succeeded Wolfgang “Pief” Panofsky as director of SLAC in 1984.  He shared the 1976 Nobel Prize in Physics for his work on the particle that has been dubbed J/psi.

Paul Wesling will moderate this meeting.

4 Responses to “Rescheduling – High-Power Microwave Tube Development at Stanford and SLAC”

  1. Doug Raymond says:

    When and where will this meeting take place? GRID says 12/10, but your main page says “Rescheduled.” Many thanks,
    Doug

  2. Is registration for the 1/14 required? If so, then it was not apparent how to sign up from the above.

    Thanks in advance!

    Regards,
    BZ

    • tom94022 says:

      This event, the “High-Power Microwave Tube Development at Stanford and SLAC” is being rescheduled into March, registration should be open early in 2016.

      The January 14 event, “Lockheed: A Silicon Valley Strategic Defense Startup” has a registration link on the abstract page or you can go directly to the registration by clicking here.

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