Crystal Clear relates the story of the quartz crystal oscillator-from its early days as a curiosity for Amateur Radio enthusiasts to its use by the United States Armed Forces. It follows the intrepid group of scientists and engineers from the Office of the Chief Signal Officer of the U.S. Army as they raced to create an effective quartz crystal unit. They had to find a reliable supply of radio-quality quartz; devise methods to reach, mine, and transport the quartz; find a way to manufacture quartz crystal oscillators rapidly; and then solve the puzzling "aging problem" that plagued the early units. Ultimately, the development of quartz oscillators became the second largest scientific undertaking in World War II after the Manhattan Project.
Bringing to light a little-known aspect of WWII, Crystal Clear offers a glimpse inside one of the most significant efforts in the annals of engineering.
Softcover: 240 pages
Publisher: Wiley-IEEE Press (October 2011)
Shipping Weight: 1.0 pound