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Detector, UV and X-ray, Photomultiplier

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This object is on display in the Boeing Aviation Hangar room at Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA.

Collection Item Summary:

Commercial photomultiplier tube typical of those used in the space program in the 1960's. This ten stage photomultiplier tube, Amperex 152AVP, was made by Philips NV. The technical brochure notes that it "is intended for use in applications such as scintillation counting…" and that "… it is particularly suitable for geophysical and astronomical missile experiments". The overall gain for the tube was about one-million fold. It was transferred to NASM from NASA/GSFC in 1995.

Collection Item Long Description:

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Rights

Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum

Manufacturer

Amperex

Credit Line

Transferred from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Materials

  • Cylinder - glass, containing small metallic wires and plates
  • Pins - metal

Dimensions

3-D: 10 x 1.9cm (3 15/16 x 3/4 in.)

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National Air and Space Museum Collection

Country of Origin

France

Type

INSTRUMENTS-Scientific

Inventory Number

A19950047000