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Walter Gordy

A Biographical Memoir



The Microwave Laboratory was founded in 1946 by Walter Gordy at Duke University.  It migrated to Ohio State University in 1990. (See also Frank C. De Lucia)  The focus of the Microwave laboratory has been the development and use for scientific studies of the millimeter and submillimeter region of the electromagnetic spectrum. Links to a few papers that provide additional information are included in the overview of the web site below.

I.    Introduction  

      "Science and Technology in the Submillimeter Region," Optics and Photonics News 14, 44 (2003). - A recent article

II.  Theoretical Underpinnings  

     "Sub-millimeter Micro wave Spectrum of H216O," Phys. Rev. A 5, 487-490 (1972). – Water as an example of SMM/THz rotational spectroscopy: Experimental and theoretical approaches

III. Millimeter and Submillimeter Techniques  

     "Extension of Microwave Absorption Spectroscopy to 0.37-Millimeter Wavelength," Phys. Rev. Lett. 25, 1397-1399 (1970). ­ The standard spectrometer for much of SMM/THz spectroscopy: Frequency multiplication from a lower frequency source and a sensitive

     cryogenic detector

IV. Spectroscopic Environments   

     "Measurement of Pressure Broadening Parameters for the CO-He System at 4K," Phys. Rev. Lett. 53, 2555-2558 (1984). ­ Collisional Cooling (aka buffer gas cooling): a method for the production and study of cold molecules at low temperatures

V. Applications :

     A. Atmospheric Spectroscopy

     B. Astronomical Spectroscopy

     C. Analytical Spectroscopy:

         “FASSST: A New Gas-Phase analytical Tool,” Analytical Chem 70 719A (1998) – SMM/THz rotational spectroscopy as an analytical tool and gas sensor

     D. SMM/THz Gas Sensors

     E. Imaging

 VI   Resources

 VII. Useful Links

 VIII. For contact information about members and former members of our research group visit our directory

 IX. For an index to this bibliography by molecule, see our molecular index

 X. For a comprehensive listing of our publications available on journal websites

      Papers from years: Present - 2010, 2009 - 2000, 1999 - 1990, 1989 - 1980, 1979 - 1970, 1969 - 1960, 1959 - 1950, 1949 - 1946

 XI. Selected presentations