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Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory Physics Division technical documents of George Smoot, Undated

Description of Collection


Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Archives and Records Office

1 Cyclotron Rd. MS: 69R0102
Berkeley, California 94720

Papers created by

Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory. Physics Division

Size of collection

2.5 linear feet
2 records boxes

Short description of collection

These records document George Smoot's work at the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory (LBL).

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Historical Note

The laboratory was founded as the University of California Radiation Laboratory in 1931 by Ernest Orlando Lawrence, a University of California Berkeley physicist who won the 1939 Nobel Prize in physics for his invention of the cyclotron, a circular particle accelerator that opened the door to high-energy physics. It is a United States Department of Energy National Laboratory, operated by the University of California. The name changed to Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in 1995.

Astrophysicist and cosmologist George Smoot (Ph.D., MIT, 1970) worked as professor at the University of California Berkeley, and cosmologist and astrophysicsist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (1970- ). In 2006, Smoot co-received the Nobel Prize for Physics along with John Mather for discoveries in cosmic microwave background radiation.

Scope and Contents of Collection

These records document George Smoot's work at the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory (LBL) and includes Astromag documents and National Science Foundation administrative materials, as well as some miscellaneous files from the Cosmic Background Radiation Experiment (COBE) for which Smoot won the nobel prize for physics in 2006.

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Selected Search Terms

These papers have been indexed in the International Catalog of Sources for History of Physics and Allied Sciences (ICOS) using the following terms. Those seeking related materials should search under these terms.


Smoot, George


Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory
Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory. Physics Division
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Lawrence Radiation Laboratory
National Science Foundation (U.S.). Administration.

Subject terms

Cosmic radiation background.
Superconducting magnets.

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Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory Physics Division Cosmic Background Explorer (COBE) records of George Smoot, 1975 (22 records boxes). Filing code: ARO-5302. Finding aid

Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory Physics Division scientific papers of George Smoot, 1975-1997 (36 records boxes). Filing code: ARO-5813. Finding aid

Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory Physics Division oversize scientific files of George Smoot, 1989 (1 records box). Filing code: ARO-5998. Finding aid

Administrative Information


Finding Aid to the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory Physics Division technical documents of George Smoot, Undated


American Institute of Physics Niels Bohr Library & Archives

One Physics Ellipse
College Park, MD 20740


Encoding Information

Machine-readable finding aid encoded by Melanie J. Mueller in 2012. Any revisions made to this finding aid occurred as part of the editing and encoding process.

Series I: Technical documents of George Smoot

Box 1 Folder 1 1.5 GHZ Wiring, Plate, undated
Folder 2 5 GHZ System - Quotes, undated
Folder 3 Photo Captions from White Mountain, undated
Folder 4 White Mountain, 1980-1981
Folder 5 White Mountain, 1982
Folder 6 White Mountain. Data Taking, 1982
Folder 7 White Mountain Schedule, 1983
Folder 8 White Mountain, 1983
Folder 9 White Mountain, 1984
Folder 10 White Mountain, 1985
Folder 11 White Mountain, 1986
Folder 12 White Mountain, 1987
Folder 13 A Wrinkle in Time, undated
Folder 14 AFOSR Smoot. Sunyaev-Zel’dovich Effect, 1985-1986
Folder 15 Antenna Beam Pattern, undated
Folder 16 [Astrogam Proposal to NASA], undated
Folder 17 Astromag Overall Test Facility Vacuum Roughing System, 1990
Folder 18 Astromag Design and Prototype, 1989
Folder 19 Astromag Free - Flyer Study Team Meeting, 1989
Folder 20 Astromag, undated
Folder 21 Atmosphere from South Pole, Berkeley Site, White Mountain Site, undated
Folder 22 Fax: Bishop, undated
Folder 23 Calibration Data, undated
Folder 24 Calspace, 1994
Folder 25 Calspace, 1993
Folder 26 COBE Contributions Outline, Final Report, undated
Folder 27 COBE Data Analysis - Jon Ayman’s Notebook, 1992-1994
Folder 28 COBE DMR Pipeline - Jon Ayman’s Notebook, 1990-1992
Folder 29 COBE - Proposal Support Package Draft, undated
Folder 30 COBE DMR, undated
Folder 31 [DMR - The Performance of the Differential Microwave Radiometers in a Space Environment], undated
Folder 32 [Cosmic Background Radiation], undated
Folder 33 DAS/Odetics Interface, undated
Folder 34 Drawings, undated
Folder 35 Galaxy, undated
Folder 36 Galactic Scans Data and Plots, undated
Folder 37 Galactic Information, undated
Folder 38 H II Regions, undated
Folder 39 LBL ER-LTT [Energy Research-Laboratory Technology Transfer], undated
Folder 40 H II Spectrum Plots, undated
Folder 41 NASA, April 1993
Folder 42 NGR-05-003-553, undated
Box 2 Folder 1 Notebook - Cryogenic Dewar - Spectrum Experiment, 1980
Folder 2 Notes, undated
Folder 3 [Notes and Proposals], undated
Folder 4 Notes, Data, Calculations used for Thesis and Radioscience Paper (Friedman), undated
Folder 5 [National Science Foundation Proposal] NSF DPP, 1994
Folder 6 [National Science Foundation Proposal] NSF DPP, 1993
Folder 7 [National Science Foundation Proposal] NSF AST-8302843, undated
Folder 8 [National Science Foundation Proposal] NSF INT-8400218, undated
Folder 9 [National Science Foundation Proposal] NSF-AST-846187, undated
Folder 10 [National Science Foundation Proposal] NSF PHY-8015694 Cumulative Ledgers, undated
Folder 11 [National Science Foundation Proposal] NSF-AST-83022843 Administrative, undated
Folder 12 [National Science Foundation Proposal] NSF-PHY-8015694 Administrative, undated
Folder 13 Riflessione and Emissivita, undated
Folder 14 SHOOT [Superfluid Helium On-Orbit Transfer. Safety Review Data Package], undated
Folder 15 [South Pole Data], undated
Folder 16 Spectrum Experiment mechanical Drawings, undated
Folder 17 Viewgraphs, undated
Folder 18 Witebsky - Mostly Vacuum, some Astromag, undated
Folder 19 [Notes - Witebsky], undated