Wendell Smith examines calcite crystals

Two million volt Van de Graaff electron accelerator installed in U.S. Rubber's new Research Center will enable the company to learn more about the effects of atomic energy on its products.  It will also speed the development of new rubbers and plastics.  Wendell Smith, research scientist, examines calcite crystals which have just been bombarded by two-million volt electrons.  Calcite crystals are normally transparent like glass but when subjected to high voltage, give off and eerie orange glow., Credit Line: United States Rubber Company, courtesy of AIP Emilio Segrè Visual Archives, Physics Today Collection
Abstract/Description: Two million volt Van de Graaff electron accelerator installed in U.S. Rubber's new Research Center will enable the company to learn more about the effects of atomic energy on its products. It will also speed the development of new rubbers and plastics. Wendell Smith, research scientist, examines calcite crystals which have just been bombarded by two-million volt electrons. Calcite crystals are normally transparent like glass but when subjected to high voltage, give off and eerie orange glow.
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Smith, Wendell Vandervort
Date Created: circa 1957
Credit Line: United States Rubber Company, courtesy of AIP Emilio Segrè Visual Archives, Physics Today Collection
Catalog ID: Smith Wendell F1