ELECTRONICS PROGRAM. SOLID STATE ELECTRONICS
DEPUTY COMMANDER AEROSPACE SYSTEMS INGLEWOOD CALIF
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A study of the effects produced by intense laser bea s on the detection characteristics of infrared detectors was made. The electronic properties of various materials in thin-film form are being studied. Such phenomena, for example, as quantum-mechanical tunneling through thin metallic-in ulator sandwiches and single crystal behavior in epitaxially-grown semiconductor surfaces may provide the basis for multifunction circuits characterized by very small dimensions and a high degree of reliability. Experiments to investigate the energy gap of superconducting materials in the 0.3 to 1 degree K temperature range are discussed. The He3 refrigerator necessary for this research is described. In addition, experiments in which the effect of microwave phonons on the properties of superconductivity are discussed. The design of a high-field superconducting magnet utilizing commercially available materials is described.