Equipment, Book and Journal Recommendations
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Equipment List

The following items have been suggested and approved by the South Pole User Committee, and should be purchased.

  • Vacuum leak tester - Alcatel ASM 122D order number S3R0L000B710;Alcatel Sales, 67 Sharp Street, Hingham, MA 02043; Phone: 781.331.4200; Fax: 781.331.4230
  • Spare tubomolecular vacuum pump station - Alcatel order number GCAANANNBFBO, also flange adapter 303317, centering ring 068432, clamps 4 each 303056, valve 30071M, seal 30134K; Alcatel Sales, 67 Sharp Street, Hingham, MA 02043; Phone: 781.331.4200; Fax: 781.331.4230
  • Diagnostic spectrometer for CO2 lasers - Macken Instruments, Inc., 3186 Coffey Lane, Santa Rosa, CA 95403; CO2 Laser Spectrum Analyzer, Model 16A, $3,047;; Phone 707.566.2110
  • CO2 laser power meter Molectron Low-noise, 2mm, pyroelectric detector - Model P4-42; Molectron Detector, Inc., 7470 S.W. Bridgeport Road, Portland, OR, 97224; Phone: 503.620.9069; Fax: 503.620.8964; Price: $1,460
  • Scientech Vector S310 Laser Power Meter, with Astral calorimeter type AC2500 - Scientech, Inc., 5649 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder, Colorado 80303; Phone: 303.444.1361 or 800.525.0522; Fax: 303.444.9229; Email:
  • A lab-quality electronic balance - Fischer Scientific model 01-913-67, $3,300;
  • Signal Recovery - Model 651-1 Light Chopper and Model 651 Light Chopper Controller, $1,200; AMETEK Advanced Measurement Technology, Inc, 801 South Illinois Avenue, Oak Ridge, TN 37831-2011; Phone: 732.438.1115; Fax: 732.438.6758
  • Millimeter-to-Infrared Power Meter - model PM1B; Erickson Instruments, LLC, 316 Pine St., Amherst, MA 01002;; $11,000
  • A network time server based on GPS - TrueTime NTS-200;
  • A library of scientific reference books; List of suggested books
  • Electronic subscriptions to scientific journals; List of suggested journals
  • A secure computer for certificate and public key server
  • Replacement LCD monitors for existing CRT computer monitors
  • A large (terabyte) network-based data storage system available to science groups
  • Access to a reliable, enclosed over-snow vehicle for small science use
  • A snowmobile with a Nansen sled (or equivalent) for small scientific use, particularly away from the Station (banana sleds are definitely not adequate)

The following items have been suggested, but their specifications are not yet firm enough for purchase.

  • MilliQ ultra-pure water system for ARO
  • A fume hood for ARO
  • Real wet chemistry lab bench space
  • A flow-through spectrofluorometer
  • Helium liquifier or re-liquifier for Wessington dewars or additional 4,200 gallon LHe storage/transport dewar for cryogenics facility
  • Infrared detector; IRLABS Silicon bolometer in liquid helium dewar, with pre-amplifier; Infrared Laboratories, 1808 E. 17Th Street, Tucson, AZ 85719-6505; Tel: 520.622.7074; Fax: 520.623.0765; Email:; about $15,000
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Suggested Book List

CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics
Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional Expert Companion
Microsoft Windows XP Professional Expert Companion

Ephemeris (annually) & Explanatory Supplement to Ephemeris
Astrophysical Quantities - Allen
Astrophysical Formulae - Lang
The Art of Electronics - Horowitz and Hill
Introduction to Electromagnetic Compatibility - Clayton R. Paul
Noise Reduction Techniques in Electronic Systems - Henry W. Ott
Grounding and Shielding Techniques - Ralph Morrison
The Art of Control Engineering - K. Dutton, S. Thompson & B. Barraclough Quasioptical Systems - P. F. Goldsmith
Experimental Techniques in Low-Temperature Physics - G. K. White
Data Reduction and Error Analysis for the Physical Sciences - Bevington
Reference Data for Engineers: Radio, Electronics, Computer, & Communications - Van Valkenburg
Table of Integrals, Series and Products - Gradshteyn & Ryzhik
Machinery's Handbook - Industrial Press, Inc. Marks' Standard Handbook for Mechanical Engineers - E. A. Avallone, T. Baumeister
Numerical Recipes in C - Press, Teukolsky, Vetterling, Flannery
The UNIX Programming Environment - Kernighan, Pike
The Kornshell - Bolsky & Korn
Introduction to the X Window System - Jones
Handbook of Mathematical Functions - Abramowitz & Stegun
Making TeX Work - N. Walsh
LaTeX: A Document Preparation System - L. Lamport
The LaTeX Companion - Goossens, Mittelbach, Samarin
The Linux Bible
C: A Reference Manual - Harbison & Steele
Text Book on Spherical Astronomy - W. M. Smart
Principles of Astrometry - P. Van de Kamp
The Early Universe - E. W. Kolb and M. S. Turner
Strategies for Real-Time System Specification - D. J. Hatley, I. A. Pirbhai
Real-Time Systems: Design and Analysis - P. A. Laplante
Firewalls and Internet Security - W. R. Cheswick, S. M. Bellovin
Programming in C++ - S. C. Dewhurst, K. Stark
C++ Strategies and Tactics - R. B. Murray
Effective C++ - S. Meyers
Gravitation and Cosmology: Principles and Applications of the General Theory of Relativity - S. Weinberg

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Suggested Journal List

It was suggested at the SPUC meeting (2001) that since the NSF already has subscriptions to many electronic journals, that the South Pole domain could simply be added to the list of domains sharing those existing subscriptions.

The Astrophysical Journal
The Astronomical Journal
Astronomy and Astrophysics
Physical Review
Proceedings of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific
Reviews of Scientific Instruments

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