[time-nuts] CS reservoir depletion
jfor at quik.com
Thu Jan 13 23:48:59 UTC 2011
The glassware part is outlined in Strong's "Proceedures in Experimental
Physics" as I remember. It takes some skill, but it's not insurmountable.
> Lead is slightly radioactive. Presumably the person building the device
> would either source the right isotope or just use an existing vapor
> container from an old unit. Of course if it was totally scratch built,
> still just buy the right isotope.
> On Thu, Jan 13, 2011 at 4:18 PM, Rick Karlquist
> <richard at karlquist.com>wrote:
>> J. Forster wrote:
>> >> I'd imagine building a Cs unit might be a bit easier than an H MASER,
>> > not by much. Certainly a Rb is easier.
>> > -John
>> Other than the "glassware", building an Rb is entirely possible
>> in your garage, at least if you are a certifiable time nut.
>> This is based on the HP 10816 mini-Rb I worked on circa 1980.
>> It would be even easier now.
>> The glassware is tricky only because you have to work with
>> stuff that is more like fused quartz than glass. This is because
>> regular glass can't deal with Rb very well.
>> The other problem for the garage builder is that one of the Rb
>> isotopes is slightly radioactive. Probably not OK to have
>> in your garage.
>> Rick Karlquist N6RK
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