At the University of Wisconsin--Madison, 1965-1967, a team led by particle physicist Ednor Rowe began constructing a machine designed to analyze high-energy particle accelerators. But as the apparatus neared completion, the project lost its funding, which led the scientists to nickname their machine "Tantalus."
Consists largely of notebooks, manuals, and other data and operational logbooks documenting the creation, building, and maintenance of Tantalus, and the experiments performed on the machine. Tantalus was the first dedicated synchrotron radiation laboratory and source.
Series 5: Includes interviews with Ednor Rowe, Fred Brown, Cliff Olson, Charles Pruett, and Roger Otte.
"Tantalus" Synchrotron Radiation Source Collection, 1940-1995, Archives Center, National Museum of American History