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Climbing the MountainThe Scientific Biography of Julian Schwinger$
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Jagdish Mehra and Kimball Milton

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780198527459

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198527459.001.0001

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During the Second World War

During the Second World War

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In the late summer of 1941 Julian Schwinger arrived in West Lafayette, Indiana, to assume his first regular teaching position as an instructor of physics at Purdue University. His research work continued uninterrupted. Purdue was primarily an engineering school and in the early stages of the war, after the fall of France, ever-increasing numbers of its faculty, including those in physics, had begun to leave to join various defense-related research and development projects. The theory of waveguides remained Schwinger's chief official preoccupation until 1944. This chapter focuses on Schwinger's research work at Purdue, his contributions to the American cause during World War II, and his research on waveguides and synchrotron radiation.

Keywords:   Purdue University, research, waveguides, World War II, synchrotron radiation

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