Highlighting our history: Potts Hill field station, 1948-1962

Wendt, Harry, Orchiston, Wayne, and Slee, Bruce (2009) Highlighting our history: Potts Hill field station, 1948-1962. ATNF News, 66. pp. 10-13.

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[Extract]This paper provides a summary of the research carried out at the Potts Hill field station during the seminal period of Australian radio astronomy prior to 1960. This was arguably the most exciting and innovative era in the development of Australian radio astronomy. It was the era before "big science" projects emerged, a period when small-scale projects dominated and radio engineers first entered the domain of the astronomers. Most observations were carried out at a network of field stations maintained by the CSIRO's Division of Radiophysics in or near Sydney. This was a unique period when—along with Britain—Australia achieved world leadership in the new field of radio astronomy. As Hanbury Brown (1993) remarked, "… golden ages in science are rare and should be recorded."

Item ID: 18656
Item Type: Article (Non-Refereed Research)
ISSN: 1323-6323
Date Deposited: 13 Sep 2011 06:20
FoR Codes: 02 PHYSICAL SCIENCES > 0201 Astronomical and Space Sciences > 020199 Astronomical and Space Sciences not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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