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1959 - Dr. W.L. Wilcock peers through the new Intensifier at the Imperial College of Science in London

50,000 TIMES MORE LIGHT

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November 1959

Dr. W.L. Wilcock, one of the two principal workers on it, peers through the new Intensifier at the Imperial College of Science in London.

The British discovery makes optical images 50,000 times brighter.

The work of the college's Department of Instrument Technology (a research worker, D.L. Emerson, was the other principal worker) it is expected to find wide use in astronomy, nuclear physics and medicine (X-rays).

In astronomy it would save lengthy exposures and take practically instantaneous "snapshots" of distant planets and stars; thus largely overcoming local disturbances in the earth's atmosphere. 


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