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American Institute of Physics. Center for History of Physics. Study of Multi-Institutional Collaborations. Phase III: Ground-Based Astronomy, Materials Science, Heavy-Ion and Nuclear Physics, Medical Physics, and Computer-Mediated Collaborations.
Oral history interviews. Ground-based astronomy: Three Millimeter Very Long Baseline Interferometry (3 MM VLBI), 1996-1997.
Interviews include: Donald Backer (University of California, Berkeley), Alan Rogers (Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory), and Anthony Readhead (California Institute of Technology).
A documentation research project to study the complex issues facing the historical documentation of multi-institutional collaborations in physics and allied sciences. Phase III focused on four disciplinary areas of ground-based astronomy, materials science, heavy-ion physics, and medical physics, and a category named computer-mediated collaborations. The 3 MM VLBI was an effort of the California Institute of Technology (Owens Valley Radio Observatory), the University of California, Berkeley (Hat Creek Observatory), MIT (Haystack Observatory), the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, the University of Massachusetts, and Onsala (Sweden) Space Observatory to demonstrate the feasibility of VLBI at order-of-magnitude lower wavelengths than previously used. The collaboration has around 20 participants and no physical location. The collaboration itself was not explicitly funded, but American participants and organizations individually had funding from NSF, NASA, and the California Space Institute. The collaboration has disbanded but can reconstitute itself. All data were taken in 1981.
Haystack Observatory.
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.
Owens Valley Radio Observatory.
University of California, Berkeley.
Astronomy -- Documentation.
Group work in research.
Interferometry.
Physics -- Archival resources.
Physics -- Research -- Documentation.
Radio astronomy -- Observatories -- United States.
Radio astronomy -- Research.
Sociology -- Research.
Sociology -- Statistical methods.
Very long baseline interferometry
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American Institute of Physics. Center for History of Physics. Study of Multi-Institutional Collaborations.
Backer, Donald C.
Chompalov, Ivan. sociologist.
Genuth, Joel, historian.
Moran, James M.
Readhead, Anthony C. S.
Shrum, Wesley, 1953- sociologist.
Warnow-Blewett, Joan. 1931- project director.
Weart, Spencer R., 1942- associate director.
Center for History of Physics (American Institute of Physics)
AIP-ICOS
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