Physics Seminar

Date: Thu. 13 Feb, 2014 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Duration: 1 Hour
Location: Workman Center

Robert Hayward, who is retired from the NRAO, will give a special Physics Department Seminar titled, "The Colgate Paramp: The Story of Stirling Colgate and the Multifunction Array Radar and their Impact on Radio Astronomy." This talk is a historical account of the low-noise parametric amplifiers (or paramps) that were salvaged from an early Anti-Ballistic Missile radar built and tested at the White Sands Missile Range during the mid 1960's. The facility was known as the "Multifunction Array Radar" (MAR-I) and it was the first prototype of a phased-array radar developed for the Nike-X missile defense program. The MAR-I was salvaged during the fall of 1970 by New Mexico Tech. The salvaged MAR-I amplifiers came to be known as "Colgate Paramps", named after Stirling Colgate who was then president of Tech (1965-1975). . 4 p.m. in Workman 101

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