EE310 Integrated Circuits Seminar, 3/1/05

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Thu Feb 24 16:14:35 PST 2005

EE310 Integrated Circuits Technology and Design Seminar

"RADAR Before the Magnetron: A Technical History of
   Allied Radar on the Eve of World War II"

	    Rick Ferranti
	  SRI International

	Tuesday, March 1, 2005
		4:15 p.m.
	Building 380, Room 380Y


   The late 1930's was a period of intense development in high-frequency
radio technology, focused by the desperate need for air defense in the
impending world conflict.  The result of these research efforts was radar
- deployed internationally in 1939 - but its full potential was not
realized until the invention of the microwave cavity magnetron in 1940.
Until then, early WWII radars operated at meter wavelengths, borrowing
antenna and circuit technologies from the shortwave and early television
   Using vintage film clips and modern computer analysis,
this 45-minute presentation will highlight the technical innovations,
operation, and legacies of two of the more famous early radars deployed by
the Allies, the British Chain Home and the American SCR-270.


Mr. Ferranti is a senior research engineer at SRI International (formerly
the Stanford Research Institute) specializing in high frequency through
microwave communications and radar systems. He graduated from Santa Clara
University, Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of
Technology, where he was an associate leader of the Air Traffic Control
Systems Group at MIT's Lincoln Laboratory. Rick lives in the SF Bay Area
with his wife, two sons, and a garage full of old electronics.

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