[time-nuts] homebrew H maser

jimlux jimlux at earthlink.net
Sun Aug 29 17:01:38 UTC 2010

J. Forster wrote:
> If you took a "modern" approach by using factory built test equipment as
> building blocks (microwave synthesizer, lock-in amp, power supplies, etc)
> and commercial vacuum components (pumps, valves, fittings, controllers,
> etc. in Conflat or something like it), you could likely build up most of a
> system pretty easily.

You definitely need a copy of this book

"Building Scientific Apparatus" by Moore, Davies, and Coplan

How to build that ion gun, or cobble together the high vacuum system, 
etc. Lots of useful references..

You'd also do well to get a catalog from Kurt.J.Lesker Company 
(http://www.lesker.com/)  and from several of the vacuum equipment 
companies.  Vacuum stuff is available used quite widely.

Between the book and the catalog(s), you've got plenty of reading and 
dreaming material for months.

Be aware, though, that high vacuum is like amateur telescope mirror 
making.. frustrating, tedious, and gratifying when it works.  There's a 
surprising amount of craft in it.  (and entirely in keeping with 

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