HOW COULD AT&T HAVE
CREATED THE TRANSISTOR SO QUICKLY IN 1947 WITHOUT THE INPUT OF ALIEN TECHNOLOGY?
Lecture given by Jack Shulman,
President of the American Computer Company, to The Global Sciences Congress,
Article updated April 2022
Picture below - The transistor prototype in 1947
Hi, I'm Jack Shulman. I'm the head of the American Computer
Company. American Computer Company is part of the Technology International
Group and Bell North America group of companies. I'm also one of the owners
of the group of companies. I've been in the computer industry for about
28 or 29 years. I've worked for IBM as a professional services management
consultant. I worked on the development of the personal computer in 1978
for FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology) and Simplicity Patterns, later
adopted by IBM. I developed something called the "pattern creator".
That's where we got the term "PC". Prior to that, I'd developed
what you might call the first windowing operating system in 1975 for Citibank,
and before that there were earlier versions I did for a company called Vydec.
I'm a serious computer person - very, very serious - and also someone who's
not generally inclined to leap to great predispositions about any unusual
Well, as it turns out, a few years ago I got my dose
of reality. It was in the form of a visit from a friend of mine. When I
was very young I'd got involved in technology, partly by virtue of the influence
of a friend's father. I grew up in central New Jersey, which is around where
AT&T and Bell Labs originated, and my friend's father was the head of
Bell Labs. I ended up at a private school and ended up living at the household
of the head of Bell Labs, going to that private school and going to college
with his son as a roommate, and I kind of grew up around the various projects
at Bell Laboratories in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
I'd always held out that AT&T was this rather magnificent
institution. Anybody here worked for AT&T in the past? So, you know
when I say Bell Labs research, I'm speaking Holy Grail; and in certain parts
of the defence community and in government I'm also speaking Holy Grail.
Anyone here realise that AT&T and Bell Laboratories ran our nuclear
arsenal for 45 years? Anybody who knows that, raise your hand. Not a one
of you. I didn't really even know until a little bit later in my career,
but I knew something strange was going on because it always seemed to me
that AT&T always had what it needed to make innovations in technology,
and subsequently such technology would migrate to an IBM or a Sarnoff Research
or to an RCA.
And I could never really figure out, in the course of
my young life, who were these magnificent, incredible scientists, other
than that I frequently met them...like a fellow by the name of William Shockley.
He was quite a frequent friend to Jack Morton's household, and I knew him,
and I knew some of the other folks that he knew, like a fellow by the name
of - well, I guess not too many people would know him - Bob Noyce, and Jack
Kilby who was an acquaintance of theirs, and so forth. These names, if you've
ever worked for AT&T or in the electronics industry, are also Holy Grail
names. These are Mount Rushmores of the technology industry. Jack Kilby
is credited with the invention of the integrated circuit.
I was rather shocked when, about late 1995, a dear friend
came to me. He was at one time one of the very well known generals in the
Pentagon, a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and is now a consultant.
I'd known him a very long time through the Morton family and Bell and when
working for IBM. He asked me to analyse some documents that he had in his
possession. He showed me some pictures. I kind of turned up my nose. I said,
"I don't believe this." He suggested they were pictures of an
alien craft. I said to him, "Well, why do you come to me and ask me
this?" "Because there are some documents that fell into my possession
that I would also like you to see, that go beyond these drawings, these
pictures, these photographs, that describe some technology; and I would
like you to analyse this technology and make a determination for me of the
veracity of these documents, help me to authenticate them." I said,
"Fine. I don't believe this is real. I'm skeptical. I don't believe
in aliens, I don't believe in UFOs, I don't believe in any of that."
And he said, "Okay, well, I'd still want you to take a look at them,
Jack." And I agreed.
I met with him at his home. I met a woman by the name
of Mrs Jeffrey Proscauer. That's not her real name, but it's the name she
goes by; she does not want her true identity revealed. And I got a chance
to piece and look through some 28 boxes of materials that had come from
Western Electric Laboratories in the late 1940s, 1947, early 1948 and beyond,
and some subsequent documents.
Now again, if you've ever worked for AT&T, you know
that the laboratories at Bell Laboratories are often quite distinct, and
the documentation from a laboratory is kept in an ongoing, growing tome
called a "Lab Shopkeeper's Notebook". It turns out that even in
the super-secret laboratories, the ones in the part of Western Electric
or Bell Laboratories that manage the nuclear arsenal, these notebooks are
kept, and they grow and they're ongoing and they become almost like a living
representation of what that laboratory did for a living.
Well, such as it is, I was rather shocked at what I
had to see there in these boxes of materials, and I convinced them to let
me look at them over the course of about three-and-a-half weeks. They were
kept at the consultant's house during that time period, and he actually
kept a security guard with them at all times because he was afraid that
someone might come and steal them. Now of course, I wasn't sure why he was
afraid, because at the time I didn't realise the full magnitude of what
I was looking at.
In any event, after about two or three weeks of looking
at them, I came back to him and we sat down over what turned out to be a
Christmas Eve dinner, and I said to him: "I've got to tell you something.
I'm having a real problem with this because what you're showing me looks
like technology that we have not yet developed, that humanity has not yet
developed, yet the documents you're showing me appear to be forty-eight,
forty-nine years old. This would put them in 1947, 1948, 1949."
I suggested to him that before I could proceed I would
have to have someone verify the age, carbon-date or come up with some other
means to verify the age of the documents, and he agreed. So, with the help
of a mutual acquaintance - a private investigator formerly with the Justice
Department - we were able to take fragments of the documents without damaging
We sent them to an expert who formerly consulted for
Scotland Yard; he's a fairly well known forensic expert at...I believe it's
the University of Edinburgh in Scotland today; he was at a different university
at the time. He analysed these fragments of these documents for me, and
came back and told me that the ink, the paper, even the presentations were
valid; that this was in fact a book or series of books from the 1947, '48,
'49, 1950 time period. That took him about four and a half weeks of analysis,
and I was for four and a half weeks, as you can imagine, holding my breath.
The things that I saw described in this Lab Shopkeeper's
Notebook consisted of things that today would be more powerful than the
Intel Pentium processor, for instance, or the Cray supercomputer. There
were communications devices that were described; there were ways to sandwich-in
very, very thin, micrometre-thin layers; special metals to produce moving
parts for things like...from the descriptions that I read, the nearest thing
I could describe...an anti-gravity propulsion unit for a spacecraft. They
included dynamic electronic and power-control technology that even to this
day we have not yet developed. They included communications technology that
was described only as having been taken from an object of unknown or unearthly
origin. The documents were very carefully worded not to reveal what was,
in reality, in these boxes of materials.
I was sort of at a loss at that juncture, because even
though we had forensic information at the time from this particular forensic
expert that would date these boxes back to the late '40s, and even though
they said "Western Electric, Bell Laboratories", part of them
said something called "Z-Division" on them. We knew of the Z-Division:
it was a segment of the United States Army, formed in 1947 and 1948. The
implications were that this project was operating on the fringes of the
nuclear bomb development project - then known as the Manhattan Project Group.
It turns out that in 1947 - between '47 and actually
late '48 - Harry Truman decided he was going to grant a contract to AT&T
to go through the overseeing and management of our nuclear arsenal and the
commercialisation of derived product technologies from the nuclear bomb,
from the bomb project: the physics, the electronics, the control systems,
even the ballistics, the radar that was used, the ICBM technology that was
under development in the late '40s after we got a hold of the V-series rockets
from the Nazis, and so forth. The contract was inked by Truman in early
1949, if I recall correctly, but during the prior two-year period there
was an informal relationship, during which AT&T played a greater and
greater role in the organisation of super-secret military weapons-grade
projects for the federal government and eventually got pretty much control
of what was then known as the Z-Division.
Z-Division, believe it or not, originated in Roswell,
New Mexico. I guess the reason is, that is where the original nuclear bomb
armada was formed - the first bomber wing that carried the nuclear bomb
- and it migrated over to Kirtland Air Force Base during the time period
when Orlando Lawrence, the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratories fellow, was called
in. He was called in by Teller, Oppenheimer...all those folks responsible
for the nuclear bomb...Leo Szwilard. Lawrence was called in at the time
because he could make accelerators, or "cyclotrons" as they were
known at the time. Those cyclotrons were capable of refining uranium, refining
plutonium...well, actually, back then, they weren't working with plutonium
but with uranium.
I guess you could imagine what it must have been like
in the time period. They were in the middle of a war when they were building
the nuclear bombs and they had to do everything secretly, so this Z-Division
was created with super-secrecy as its fundamental core.
Ultimately Lawrence was called in because they had to
build enough of an accelerator to refine enough uranium to make the bomb
possible, and, in spite of all the greatest minds of nuclear physics assigned
to the Z-Division in the Manhattan Project, none of them could figure out
how to refine enough uranium to make the nuclear bomb a possibility. This
was before the first bomb was exploded. So Lawrence was brought in because
he knew how to make a cyclotron; but his cyclotron, the biggest one he'd
ever created, was about the size of this white board over here, and it could
produce about a thimbleful of refined uranium - which would have been about
enough to make a nuclear bomb capable of blowing off your left foot.
In any event, Lawrence one day is called in and he's
asked: "How do we build a cyclotron big enough?" He makes a few
calculations and hands a requisition order to Harold Ackerman - today a
federal judge, and who was the chief supply clerk for the Manhattan Project
- to requisition enough silver to build a big silver racetrack; something
like 12 million tons of silver. In fact, he took it to the United States
Treasury, handed it to the then Secretary of the Treasury - I guess it was
Morganthal - and Morganthal was asked to fill a 12-million-ton order, which
also necessitated the relocation of Z-Division to some place where they
could put all this silver and build this racetrack.
We decided one day at American Computer Company that
we were going to be brave. I talked with my board and I talked with some
of the people at the company and they agreed. "Yeah, we can try this;
let's see what happens."
We decided that we were going to take the story that
had been conveyed to me about this unusual Shopkeeper's Notebook with these
unusual technological artifacts in them, and naively and blithely put a
panel on the Internet, describing in black and white and colour what we
had found, and raise the question. However, the picture that we put up was
a picture of Testor's model of the so-called Roswell Lander. It's a picture
of what looks like a spacecraft with wings and a jet propulsion system,
with a pod in the front to hold alien occupants who were piloting it. We
superimposed the picture over an image from the Thunder Range - of course,
we picked the wrong place; the Plains of San Agustin was the right place,
actually - and we put a little bit of rhetoric on this panel and just placed
it right in the middle of our American Computer Company website.
Now that probably was the stupidest thing we ever did.
Here's this picture of a Roswell alien lander sitting on a panel in the
middle of a computer company website, and on it it said something like:
"Did AT&T receive stolen alien technologies from the US Government
in 1947 and thereby invent the transistor, the laser, the integrated circuit,
and...on and on and on...different technologies?" Well, we figured
the reaction we would get from the public would be one of, "Oh gee,
isn't that cute? That's funny, X-Files, you know..." The reaction we
got was not one we had anticipated.
Three days after we placed the image onto our website,
we received a very strange series of military faxes to our tech support
fax machine, referring to a piece of hardware known as "Sky Station".
Anybody ever hear of anything called Sky Station? Never heard of it, have
you? Well, it's up there. It's an orbital platform of some kind. We were
receiving live messages from Sky Station for a day or two and we decided
this wasn't right; we were going to call the Pentagon and tell them about
Picture below was the Gatehouse at Bell Labs
So I picked up the phone and first I called Fort Monmouth;
then I called down to Langley Air Force Base. They wanted to know, "Why
are you calling Langley Air Force Base?" Well, where else would I call
about a satellite that's sending messages to our fax machine...talk about
sounding strange...that say this satellite is about to crash, it's coming
down, its communications systems are breaking down. Well, finally we got
to somebody who was of authority. It was Colonel James that we got to, and
he gets on the phone with me...I'm in my car, on my car phone...and he says:
"Mr Shulman, please secure these faxes. Do not let anyone see them.
We'll take care of it. We'll let you know what to do with the faxes."
It's like...the military goes silent.
That next day our offices were broken into. Our front
door was smashed, our glass was smashed to smithereens all over the place,
and everything was taken out of the file cabinets in our offices. My office
was a wreck when I got in there. It was awful. We came in the next day to
work and it was like: what happened, what happened?
I had these faxes in my briefcase. I'd taken them with
me, home. So apparently, by not leaving them there, I probably worsened
the situation. It might have been better if I'd left them there, to be frank;
if they'd found them and had just come and arrested us, taken us away. They
were top level, five-level clearance. We're not supposed to even see or
even know such a thing, but inadvertently, as a result, we became aware
of the fact that there's an orbital DSP [Defence Space Platform], called
Sky Station, which is nuclear-hardened and equipped to carry nuclear weapons,
because it was described in these faxes.
It is not a very pleasant place to be, to discover that
now, here we are at the end of the Cold War with an agreement that there
will be no nuclear weapons in space in orbit, and there is apparently a
platform up there that the United States secretly put up back in the '60s
or '70s or '80s, that's equipped; it's nuclear-hardened, it's one of the
Star Wars SDI series, based on Spacelab, equipped to handle and carry nuclear
So now, not only did we have a picture of an alleged
alien craft on our website, talking about alien technologies being transferred
to AT&T, but we also were in possession of very high level, Level Five,
Top Secret security clearance military faxes describing something called
That week we had visits from the Air Force Office of
Special Investigations. They came up and they interviewed us. They put me
through a day-long third degree. We didn't want it happening in the middle
of our customers coming in and seeing us or selling personal computers and
servers, so I took them to an out-of-the-way part of the office, down the
hall, down the elevator to a little office downstairs, and I got a query
about everything just short of...well, it included my shoe size, when I
was born, names of parents, names of grandparents, when they entered the
country, driver's licence number. They went through a Q&A with me and
with my staff, that just came short of asking me the wrong question - if
you know what I mean.
We were very startled, naturally. We weren't certain
what in fact was going on, but we're not ones to back down at American Computer
so we decided that instead of running for cover and taking the picture down
off of our website...because we kind of connected that the two things might
have something to do with each other...instead of backing down and turning
it all off, we would go the other direction. So we moved the picture to
a separate section of our website and created an entire website within our
website, called American Computer Company Special Investigation. This is
what happens when you grow up in New Jersey! Of course, we couldn't have
rubbed salt into a deeper wound: "Some have claimed that alien technology
was found on board a UFO crashed in Roswell, 1947. Very dramatic. Is it
true? Did the US military discover something strange in the desert near
Albuquerque, New Mexico? Did they alter human history? Was the transistor
one of those alien marvels? Click here for the original story."
We tried to be a little cute. We put up a picture, on our website and at the bottom of the page was a nav bar with a pointer
in the middle of the corporate info products, catalogue, features, tech
support, Roswell 1947, help. You could go to that link and click on it and
it'll take you to this special page which, of course, had now grown tremendously.
It had something like, we estimate, about 9,000 messages and articles now
stored within it. We started off on one Internet server and moved it to
five Internet servers, and now we are on one of our super-servers which
consists of four groups of four Pentium XEONs and three different service-provider
carriers and a whole lot of communications just to handle the load.
We got about, we estimate, three million to three and
a half million visitors a month to the site. And they're not necessarily
people like yourselves, open-minded, interested; they're kids from college,
kids from high schools, military people from countries like Iran...I'm serious!
I mean, we can track some of the addresses that show up in our logs. I didn't
even know Iran had Internet! We've got a very strange reaction to our story.
What we did in the story was we isolated a few pointers,
some of which only I was privy to. One of them was that there was some relationship
between the government and AT&T that resulted in the transistor's invention.
I mentioned I grew up in the household of the head of Bell Labs, so I knew
that there was something strange about the transistor because I knew Bill
Shockley, and Bill Shockley was something of a witless buffoon. There's
no way he could have invented the transistor.
The symbol for the transistor is made up of three pieces:
positive, positive and negative; or negative, negative and positive...silicon
dioxide doped with arsenic and boron, in 1947. Now, in 1947, doping things
with boron was not easy. It required the sort of equipment that even Bell
Labs in 1946 did not possess. They had this type of equipment at Lawrence
Berkeley Laboratories - but it would have taken thousands and thousands
and thousands of man-hours to invent the transistor.
If you look back at it historically, what AT&T was
claiming was that one day this "genius", William Shockley, was
working with a rectifier; he looked at it and he noticed it had unusual
propensities, and there, bingo, he invented the transistor! He figured it
out right there! And to verify that, the two other "geniuses"
that they got to help work on the transistor, Dr Bardeen and Dr Brattain,
both said: "Oh yeah, I remember a guy by the name of Case was (allegedly)
talking about transistors in 1931, and I knew back then we were going to
That is the history of the transistor at AT&T prior
to 1948, other than claiming it was invented in December of 1947 by Dr Shockley.
Anybody believe that story? Me neither. And I knew, because the administrative
head of the transistor project was Jack Morton - the man at whose house
I was staying to go to school and whose sons I was friends with - and he
often commented on the fact that it was really a shame that those three
idiots got responsibility for the transistor and he didn't. And I always
wondered, because he too didn't possess the scientific ability to develop
the transistor. He was a brilliant man who had invented the radiobroadcast
vacuum tube, the close-spaced triode, but it appears as if he was brought
in to head up the project to try to draw back the transistor in time to
radio tubes and the things that Shockley talked about; and it was as if
the whole thing was just a ploy and he might as easily have been given responsibility
and got the Nobel Prize as Bill Shockley. Professional jealousy?
In any event, for most of my young life I believed that
the transistor had come from a government project and that they were just
hiding its origins. Which government project, I did not realise until I
saw the Shopkeeper's Notebook in the possession of my friend, the consultant.
and I'd read the Project Blue
Book books and I'd read a lot of books like Berlitz's books and so forth,
but I was not someone who believed in Roswell, who believed that a UFO had
crashed at Roswell at the time, in any event. There I was, stuck with all
this information and having created this rather minor scandal on the Internet...well,
maybe not minor, with the Air Force coming to visit us.
Next thing I know, radio talk show host Art Bell sends
science reporter Linda Moulton Howe to my office. She has to be there because
she has to see whether or not our offices were actually broken into. A beautiful
woman, very intelligent...she shows up at the office with a tape recorder.
I'm exhausted...the weeks have been going not so good lately, and we're
still picking up the pieces of glass out of the sofas in the lobby. She
sees the windows are broken in the front and we have a wooden partition
set up to try to keep the air out of the building, and she records me answering
questions about all this. I try to be as vague as I can and answer the questions
about what's going on here, and she talks about the story. And next thing
I know, she plays the tape on "Dreamland", on Art's show. I swear
to God, it was the strangest thing we had ever seen happen!
That very next day we got well over 3,000 phone calls
from people all trying to get in to see me personally; they had to come
to see me personally, to tell me about Roswell. We received mail and e-mail
by the 10,000 pieces. Our normal 2,000 visitors a day on our World Wide
Web site jumped up so high that one of our carriers refused to carry us
At that point I realised there's more than just a casual
interest on the part of the public, so we decided we would carry the original
ACC Roswell story right through to its ultimate conclusion. We have been
for several years now.
So, we have publicised the fact that Dr Morton met his
untimely death and that Dr Morton was one of the few people who knew the
true history of the transistor at AT&T - aside from Bill Shockley who
would never have talked because that would have meant the end of his Nobel
Prize, along with Drs Bardeen and Brattain, and Dr Kilby who subsequently
went on to bigger and better things, and he's dead now.
It looked like Dr Morton was breaking camp with AT&T
and was very, very outspoken, very angry with AT&T over this whole thing.
Professional jealousy, I guess. One day in 1972, Dr Morton was found knocked
unconscious and set afire in his Volvo P18 sports coupé, devastating
the Morton household and family - my friends - and for reasons that nobody
seemed to know.
Well, we decided to see whether or not there might be
any link, any reason to link Dr Morton's possible migration to a Japanese
firm, and we tried to make an inquiry about it with the corporate security
department at AT&T. That's when we discovered that there are people
working in corporate security at AT&T who don't want to talk about Dr
Morton's untimely death. Now, you've got to understand, we're talking about
something which happened 25 years ago.
So we were investigating further, and I interviewed
a member of the Morton household who was talking about the transistor project
and got very, very teary-eyed when I talked about the transistor. I said,
"Oh, did you ever wonder where the transistor really came from?"
It was as if I had cut a jugular. The conversation ended right there. "Can't
discuss this further with you."
We looked into it a little bit further and it became
clear to us that Dr Morton was probably responsible for this Shopkeeper's
Notebook working its way outside of AT&T - probably, because he was
the principal investigator. Everybody knows what a principal investigator
is. Involved in any government project you have a principal investigator.
They have to name somebody to take the blame. When AT&T screws up, they
have to have someone to fire, and they're certainly not going to pick someone
important enough in their view; they're going to pick the one that everybody
doesn't like. He was a tough guy; very, very strong-minded; and everybody
didn't like him that much, so they made him the principal investigator.
There were other people involved, apparently. There
was a fellow by the name of Ramey. He was a figure at the Department of
the Army. He was named in the documents. There were quite a few other people
named in the documents. We're not revealing all of the people at this particular
juncture because of Mrs Proscauer who won't allow us to give out certain
things. And in order to continue on an ongoing basis having access to these
documents and so-called Notebook, we're very cautious about the information
we give out.
In any event, we decided to depict in a series of pages
on the Internet the entirety of the story of what we'd been going through,
going on the theory that one of the ways you can protect yourself from,
for instance, being assassinated by having information in your possession
that's dangerous to others, is to publicise it as widely as you possibly
can - which is what we did. Of course, there's a certain drawback to that
approach. The drawback was that within no time the attacks, the onslaughts,
the assaults, the death threats, the credibility attacks, the undermining
of credibility, the public humiliation, pain and suffering began.
We found ourselves besieged by what I can only describe
as a multilateral black project, which included death threats on myself
and my family, death threats on our employees, pictures of me with bullet
holes and blood dripping out, on the Internet, out of the blue...a really,
really strange thing to have happen. We had people come up and claim they
had been hired by us to verify the claims that technology like this originated
on an alien spacecraft.
And you've got to understand, we didn't say that it
originated on an alien spacecraft. We asked the question, "Did it originate...?"
Would you run around on the Internet saying this technology came from an
alien spacecraft? No. You'd ask the question. You'd say, "Let's put
together the evidence; let's find out."
We decided we would approach a higher authority, ask
the question to the higher authority and make it a matter of public record.
So, who is a higher authority, other than, say, Bill Clinton, that you might
go to to ask the question: Did the transistor and subsequent technologies
fall into the hands of AT&T from the Nazi Germans, the Japanese? Well,
neither of them had any of this stuff. Secret government project? Well,
the United States Government couldn't build any of this stuff. Half this
stuff that we saw in the Notebook...even today we don't even have some of
the minerals, some of the chemical materials, necessary to create them.
Picture below - artist concept of a SDI Deep Space Platform
I was invited to appear a total of 15 times on radio
shows, including Art Bell again, Sightings, the Mike Jarmus Show, ABC News,
and finally I turned down the Larry King Live show. I'd just about had enough.
I was on ABC News, though, about three weeks ago.
We built two of the devices we saw in the Lab Shopkeeper's
Notebook. One of them was a semiconductor device. This semiconductor device
we called the "Transfer Capacitor", and it has actually shocked
the industry. People called me "lunatic" and "liar"
and every conceivable name in the book for a period of 11 months as we described
the transfer capacitor's unusual capability. It can be made about the size
of a molecule, it can be controlled by microvolts of electricity, it produces
no heat and it switches at 12 terahertz.
Does anyone know what a terahertz is? Intel Pentium's
transistors switch at 500 megahertz or some small multiple thereabouts.
This thing is 12,000 times faster than the fastest transistors we've ever
built. We tested it. We actually went out and got some silver alkane from
a company in Pennsylvania that makes semiconductor materials. We built one,
we tested it. We then realised that we could build it very dense.
We got some friends who operated a company called InMos,
who had some semiconductor materials, and over six months - this is two
years ago - we built an 8-gigabyte solid-state hard drive in a space about
'yay' big...poker-chip-sized...operating at the same speed, 12 terahertz,
capable of replacing the memory of a PC. We subsequently built 2,500 of
them and sent them out in the form of test kits for people in industry to
evaluate - people who refused to believe that such a thing could exist.
We sent them to Rohm & Haas; we sent them to Intel. We got some of them
back. People didn't even want to look at them: "What is this nonsense?"
Motorola wouldn't take one, interestingly. Texas Instruments took one.
In any event, for six months I had to put up with some
of the most obnoxious, insulting, nasty comments you could imagine, even
when I was at meetings of my own professional conferences. "The crazy
alien guy with his flying-saucer transistor" - that was typical.
Ultimately what bailed us out was that a friend of mine
who used to work for IBM, now for Lucent, managed to convince his private
funding agency to give Lawrence Berkeley Laboratories a grant to check us
out at ACC. He picked Lawrence Berkeley because they probably have the highest
integrity of all the physics laboratories in the world - the ones who had
the 10,000-foot racetrack, made out of 12 million tons of silver, that in
1947 must have knocked Henry Morganthal right out of his leather chair when
it was requested. They tested using the same procedures, but they had a
much better laser than we did. We only had a little laser at Princeton.
They had a big laser with which they could watch the movement of electrons,
and they verified not only the function but the speed. So, Lucent managed
to double-check our work, even though it won't officially admit it.
What the "T-cap" or Transfer Capacitor really
is, is a metal-insulated dielectric junction semiconductor based on silver
alkane. It works on the principle whereby electrons strike the bond in question,
elevate its energy level and, boom, what was an insulator becomes a conductor
in a half of a millionth of a billionth of a second! Very fast! It persists
for about two thousandths of those millionths of a billionths of a second
and turns itself off. We use two of them in a pair, one to refresh the other,
and they nearly never lose any electrons. Once we charge them up, they stay
charged for an hour. So we only need a tiny bit of power to power them.
They produce no heat. We can't measure heat from these things because the
heat, if it were there, is absorbed back into the substance, the silver
alkane, because of its unusual propensities.
Now, everyone who has ever owned a PC knows how much
heat today's computer microprocessors generate. It's unearthly! And the
faster they get, the more heat they generate. The power they consume is
being turned into heat, like a toaster oven. That's why people call PCs
"video toasters". This thing, if it were used to replace the transistors,
the 130 million or so throughout your PC, would produce no heat. Instead
of consuming 150 watts, it would probably consume one-thousandth of a watt.
And it's been sitting on the shelves for nearly 50 years!
In any event, Deep Space 3 or Deep Space 4 is slated
to receive a piece of equipment called a "laser cannon". At Lincoln
Labs there's a funded project afoot to develop, on a rush basis, an offensive
weapon based on laser technology, because wherever this deep-space probe
is going, they believe they need it. Deep space is the space outside of
the solar system, or at the extreme ends of the solar system.
We're not sure what direction it's all going to go in,
but I just wanted to end with this. This morning, as I was going up in the
elevator, I felt like I was hanging upside down, holding the world up with
my feet. The next time you get in the elevator out there, think about that.
That's how we feel at A.C.C.