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Photos of the Month - September 2019

Audrey Lengel, Photo Archivist

Did you know that the Emilio Segrè Visual Archives’ first Photos of the Month was published on our website in early 2009? A lot has changed since then. After over 10 years of photo sets, many email newsletter reformats, and quite a few website upgrades, we’ve come a long way since January 2009. And we are changing once again, dear reader!

This is my last official Photos of the Month but fear not! Next month, in October, we will be moving the Photos of the Month to the Niels Bohr Library & Archives’ Ex Libris Universum blog and some new staff members will be contributing photo sets. We will still be sending out email updates, so we encourage you to remain subscribed, but keep an eye out for our new look in October!

In the meantime, please enjoy this collection of some of my personal favorite shots, some of which are humorous (including a sleepy student in a lab), endearing (an observatory dedication ceremony in Chile), or just completely different than what we’ve shared before (a set of 3-meter-long silicon ribbon crystals). Which are your favorite photos from our collections? Share them with us on social media and we hope to see you on the blog!

A Neon sign in the turbine generator room of the EBR-II Containment Building at Argonne National Laboratory which reads, "ALL OF THE ELECTRICITY NOW IN USE IN THIS FACILITY OF ARGONNE NATIONAL LABORATORY IS ATOMIC POWER"

Credit: Digital Photo Archive, Department of Energy (DOE), courtesy AIP Emilio Segrè Visual Archives

A set of silicon ribbon crystals grown using capillary action shaping. The crystals are each 3 meters long. This particular photograph has a note on the back from the original donor, who is unknown: “These are the most unique silicon ribbons ever grown. Note how flexible they are!”

Credit: AIP Emilio Segrè Visual Archives, Physics Today Collection

A dedication ceremony at the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory (CTIO) in November 1964, featuring Chilean and American flags among the celebrations.

Credit: AIP Emilio Segrè Visual Archives, John Irwin Slide Collection

Sculptor Robert Berks working on a memorial for Albert Einstein, among a few models of the memorial. The memorial is a monumental bronze statue depicting Albert Einstein seated with manuscript papers in hand and is on the Constitution Avenue grounds of the National Academy of Sciences.

Credit: Richard Meek, National Academy of Sciences, courtesy of AIP Emilio Segrè Visual Archives, Physics Today Collection

Unidentified student asleep in Donald Ginsberg's lab.

Credit: Department of Physics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, courtesy AIP Emilio Segrè Visual Archives

The original caption included with this image reads: "X-rays have been used in hundreds of ways during the century as physicists learned to direct and control them. In the photo above, X-ray equipment is used to diagnose injuries to a race horse in Lexington, KY."

Credit: University of Kentucky/Oak Ridge National Laboratory, courtesy of AIP Emilio Segrè Visual Archives