By Sharon Traweek
The original breed of particle physicists constitutes a group of refined mythmakers--explicators of the character of topic who ceaselessly adjust our perspectives of area and time. yet who're those humans? what's their international fairly like? Sharon Traweek, a daring and unique observer of tradition, opens the door to this strange area and gives us a glimpse into the interior sanctum.
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Senior personnel from A & E occasionally walk to the Central Lab to confer with the director or other physicists there. Most physicists have been in A & E once-to sign the official papers concerning their employment, in the personnel office. The last building on the square, at the southwest corner, is the Test Lab. The performance of various electronic devices is evaluated here. Some of these, especially the klystron amplifiers, emit a rather annoying continuous sound, audible for about thirty feet from the building.
Cards are read at different intervals, depending on the amount of time each person is routinely brought into possible exposure. Mine, first issued to me as a tour guide, was read once a year. One·must have a dosimeter to pass the guards at the "Sector 30" gate leading to the accelerator and the Research Yard. The guards are there to ensure that all who enter these areas carry a dosimeter. Few administrators or theoretical physicists carry a dosimeter; there are perhaps a score of women who have one.
Many neighbors were frightened of radiation or possible explosions (harking back to the association of physics with weapons research) ~ Others were known to be offended by the huge power lines that provide electricity for the lab: the lines pass through an affluent suburb many of whose resIdents affect the style of English gentry, including fox hunts. McCloskey, now a former congressman and then a local attorney, negotiated a settlement between the residents and the federal government concerning these power lines.
Beamtimes and lifetimes: the world of high energy physicists by Sharon Traweek