University of Delaware Library

Böer, K. W. (Karl Wolfgang), 1926-

Karl Wolfgang Böer papers supplement

1953-2009


Descriptive Summary

Identification: MSS 632


Creator: Böer, K. W. (Karl Wolfgang), 1926-


Title: Karl Wolfgang Böer papers supplement


Inclusive Dates: 1953-2009


Extent: 11 linear feet (12 boxes)


Abstract: The Karl Wolfgang Böer papers supplement contains the publications, scientific notes, and other papers documenting the professional activities of Karl Wolfgang Böer, a preeminent physicist who pioneered the development of solar energy.


Language: The bulk of the materials this collection are in English. However, there are some materials, particularly within the "Professional Writings" series, that are in German.



Citation

MSS 632, Karl Wolfgang Böer papers supplement, Special Collections, University of Delaware Library, Newark, Delaware.

Shelving Summary

Boxes 1-12: Shelved in SPEC MSS record center cartons

Location

Special Collections Department, University of Delaware Library / Newark, Delaware 19717-5267 / Phone: 302-831-2229 / Fax: 302-831-6003 / URL: http://www.lib.udel.edu/ud/spec/

Source

Gift of Karl Böer, 2004-2010.

Processing

Processed and encoded by Jenna Marrone and Brian Stewart, February 2011. Additional processing by Anita Wellner, February 2012. Additional encoding by Jaime Margalotti, July 2011/February 2012.

The processing of this collection was made possible through generous funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, administered through the Council on Library and Information Resources' "Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives" Project.


The collection is open for research.

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Biographical Note

Physicist, inventor, university professor, and solar energy pioneer Karl Wolfgang Böer was born March 23, 1926, in Berlin, Germany. He became a naturalized American citizen in August 1972. Böer was educated at Humboldt University in Berlin (Diploma, Physics, 1949; Doctorate, Physics and Solid State Physics, 1952, 1955) where he also taught in the physics department from 1950 to 1961. At Humboldt University, Böer formed and directed a research team, which became a section of the II Physics Department in 1951 with eight scientists. By 1961, the group had grown to twenty-six scientists and twenty-three support personnel. Upon completion of his doctoral degrees, and in addition to his academic position at Humboldt, Böer founded and became director of the Section of Dielectric Breakdown of the German Academy of Science in Berlin. The laboratories included facilities to grow and analyze cadmium sulfide (CdS) single crystals, as well as optical and electrical laboratories, a magnetic laboratory (40kG/8cm3), a high pressure facility (20kbar with optical windows), and x-ray, emission spectroscopy, and low temperature facilities. The shops included mechanical (for metal and wood), glass, and electronic shops.

Böer's decision to immigrate to the United States was prompted by the construction of the Berlin Wall--an event that took place while Böer was attending a scientific conference at Cornell University. After resigning from his position as chair of the physics department at Humboldt, Böer began his career at the University of Delaware as an associate professor of physics in 1962. In 1965, he became professor of physics, and, in 1971, professor of physics and engineering.

With a vision of solar energy as a supply source for residential energy and a means to reduce American dependence on foreign oil imports, Böer anticipated issues of the energy crisis of the mid-1970s and founded the Institute of Energy Conservation (IEC) at the University of Delaware in 1972. He served as its director and chief scientist from 1972 to 1975. Under Böer's direction, the IEC grew from a small research and development group into a major research facility and important training ground for many of the individuals who have contributed to advances in photovoltaic technology for delivery of solar energy. In the introduction to a special issue of Progress in Photovoltaics celebrating IEC's 25th anniversary in 1997, Birkmire and Hegedus credited Böer with recognizing the potential of thin film photovoltaic cells coupled with thermal collectors as clean and inexpensive means to deliver solar energy. Böer obtained funding from the National Science Foundation, electric power utilities, and the University of Delaware Board of Trustees to establish the IEC. This pioneering endeavor predated the first oil embargo, as well as the establishment of the U.S. Department of Energy and the Solar Energy Research Institute (SERI), both formed in 1977.

Research during the early years at IEC focused on increasing the conversion and delivery efficiency of copper sulfide/cadmium sulfide (Cu2S/CdS) used in thin film solar cells. In 1972, Böer proposed Solar One, the first solar house, to harvest solar energy in a total system approach. The experimental house, with solar-generated heat and electricity, was built in 1973 at the University of Delaware with support from Delmarva Power and Light Company.

Parallel to development of IEC, Böer was involved in the foundation of Solar Energy Systems (SES), Inc., a private corporation in contract with the University of Delaware, IEC, and Shell Oil Company. Böer served initially as chairman of the board (1972-1981) and chief executive officer (1972-1975); he later served as chief scientist (1975-1985). The purpose of the company was to produce solar energy conversion hardware, beginning with Cu2S/CdS solar cells capable for mass fabrication.

In 1975, Böer returned to a fulltime research and teaching position and began advising the University's president on long term projects. In 1993 he was named Distinguished Professor of Physics and Solar Energy. He eventually retired from the University of Delaware in 1994 as Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Physics and Solar Energy after receiving many awards for teaching and research. In 1998, the University presented Böer with its Medal of Distinction.

Böer's expertise in solar cells, solar energy systems, solid state physics, and electronic transport in solids is internationally recognized. He holds twenty-eight patents in solid state technology, authored over 300 articles on solar energy conversion and solid state physics, co-authored two books, and edited scientific textbooks and journals. Böer was the founding editor of physica status solidi: the International Journal of Solid State Physics, and edited Solar News and Views in Solar Age, the Journal of Solar Energy Materials, and Advances in Solar Energy. Böer's book, Survey of Semiconductor Physics (1993) is the most comprehensive treatment in the field written by a single author. He has received the highest honors of his profession, including election as a fellow of the American Physical Society (1965), fellow of the American Solar Energy Society (ASES, 2000), and fellow of the Institute of Electric and Electronic Engineers (IEEE, 2001).

Throughout his career with the University of Delaware's physics and engineering departments and the IEC, Böer worked on many projects relating to the development and production of solar cells and solar energy conversion. These projects were funded by agencies such as the Department of Energy (DOE), the Solar Energy Research Institute (SERI) at DOE, the United States military, NASA, and private corporations. As evidenced in this collection, Böer maintained close contact with the emerging fields of solar energy and energy conservation by attending conferences, making public addresses, reviewing and refereeing academic publications, and serving as a consultant to industries and governments. During the 1970s, he had several government assignments on national energy panels. He was a member of the White House Office of Science and Technology Energy Assessment Panel (1972), the National Advisory Board in Solar Conservation Research (1975-1977), and a member of U.S. Senator William Roth's Delaware Energy Task Force (1974-1975). Additionally, Böer served the National Science Foundation several times, chairing the CdS Solar Cell subpanel (1973) and the Solar Heating Systems subpanel (1973).

In addition to his duties at the University of Delaware, IEC, and SES, Böer worked with various groups and organizations dedicated to the development of solar energy. Böer was an active member of the American Section of International Solar Energy Society (ASES), a professional organization that advanced the use of solar energy through the gathering and dissemination of information related to renewable energy sources. The primary activities of ASES include hosting and organizing conferences and symposia, publishing periodicals, scholarly journals, and conference proceedings, and encouraging research and public awareness of solar energy. Böer began serving as a member of the ASES board of directors in 1974, then as chairman of the board from 1976 to 1977. He also served on the Executive Committee, the Publications Committee, the Long Range Planning Committee, and as a member of the Physics Division throughout the late 1970s and early 1980s. ASES opened an office at the University of Delaware in 1978, and eventually became a main office for the organization's publication projects.

In 1987, the University of Delaware established the Karl W. Böer Solar Energy Medal of Merit in Böer's honor. Former President Jimmy Carter was the first recipient of the award in 1993, recognized for his work in focusing world attention on solar energy. Honorees receive a bronze medal and a $40,000 stipend.

In 1995, Böer was named to the advisory board of WISTA, a Science and Technology Center in Berlin-Adlershof, serving as the group's U.S. Representative. Delegates from WISTA toured the United States in order to promote greater technological, educational, and industrial cooperation between the U.S. and Berlin-Adlershof.

Sources:

Introduction to Special Issue of Progress in Photovoltaics: The Thin Film Photovoltaic Symposium Commemorating the 25th Anniversary of the Institute of Energy Conversion at the University of Delaware. Editors: Robert W. Birkmire and Steven S. Hegedus. Newark, Del.: IEC, University of Delaware, 1997.

"Karl Böer." The Complete Marquis Who's Who. Marquis Who's Who, 2003. Reproduced in Biography Resource Center. Farmington Hills, Michigan: The Gale Group, 2003.

"Karl Böer." Who's Who in Technology. Detroit: Gale, 1989. 6th ed.

Okonowicz, Ed. "Karl W. Boer appointed to German scientific board." UpDate. Newark, Del.: University of Delaware. 8 February 1996. 1-3.


Scope and Content Note

The Karl Wolfgang Böer papers supplement contains the publications, scientific notes, and other papers documenting the professional activities of Karl Wolfgang Böer, a preeminent physicist who pioneered the development of solar energy. This collection is divided into five series: "Academic and professional activities, 1954-2004," "Professional Writings, 1958-2005," "Slides, 1973-1981," "Films, 1960s," and "Biographical and personal material, 1953-2009."

Series I, "Academic and professional activities, 1954-2004," includes material relating to Dr. Böer's work in individual and corporate research, as well as his activities at the University of Delaware. The series is divided into two subseries: "Professional activities, 1954-2004" and "University of Delaware – teaching, 1969-2004." The first subseries, "Professional activities," is further subdivided into nine sub-subseries: "Technical memorandums," "Technical information transfers," "Technical reports," "Task force notes," "Solar energy research and reports," "International Solar Energy Society," "Correspondence," "Awards," and "Drafts and notes."

"Technical Memorandums, 1979-1981" includes memorandums sent and received by Dr. Böer and his colleagues over the course of his many research initiatives. The memorandums cover a large variety of subjects, including cost/benefit analyses of projects, information sharing, and confidentiality, though the majority consists of highly technical details concerning specific research projects. The material is organized chronologically.

"Technical Information Transfers, 1981" includes documents received by Dr. Böer during his work with Solar Energy Systems (SES), which describe formal information transfers between the Institute of Energy Conversion (IEC) and SES. The transferred information pertains to IEC research into the efficiency of materials used in solar panel construction, including cadmium sulfide/copper sulfide heterojunction cells and photovoltaic solar cells using zinc phosphide semiconductors. Documentation of these information transfers includes quarterly and annual research reports, patent disclosures, and copies or abstracts of reports authored by research project participants. All research information referenced in this material was generated in the course of projects sponsored by the United States Department of Energy (DOE). This series contains only one file, which contains multiple reports.

"Technical Reports, 1967-1980" includes copies of technically descriptive or research reports authored by Dr. Böer to describe the results, processes, and procedures of his current laboratory research. The majority of the reports are related to Dr. Böer's research at the University of Delaware. Both reprinted and unpublished versions of the reports are included. In addition, this subseries includes project status reports for the CdS Characterization project undertaken in 1980. These reports, supplied to Dr. Böer from each project leader, detail the developments, triumphs, and setbacks in research and experimentation from the project's launch to its conclusion. The material is arranged with published materials listed first, followed by unpublished materials. Project-specific reports are filed last.

"Task force notes, 1981" includes handwritten notes and typewritten reports detailing the findings of several project-based SES task forces. Each task force was assigned a specific task relating to SES business interests in the field of solar energy research. These tasks included scientific research into specific problems, such as "cell degradation at high operating voltages as characterized by losses in shunt resistance and short circuit current," as well as non-scientific tasks, such as including "market definition" and defining "technical services." All documents are internal, and are thus authored with the assumption that the reader had full knowledge of the scope and context of the contents. The documents themselves include summaries of task force problems and their proposed solutions, as well as evaluations of the resources, time, and processes needed to complete them. The material is organized numerically by task force number, beginning with task force "1" and ending with task force "8b" and the administrative subtask force.

"Solar energy research and reports, 1971-1997" includes material relating directly to the solar energy research conducted by Dr. Boer at the Institute of Energy Conversion at the University of Delaware. Notable among the material is a final draft of "Direct Solar Energy Conversion for Large Scale Terrestrial Use," a significant research effort into developing low-cost, high-efficiency solar power cells. Also included in this subseries is a large quantity of material relating to research conducted on "Solar One," a solar-powered house built to serve as a test laboratory for the Institute of Energy Conversion. The material is organized alphabetically by subject.

"International Solar Energy Society, 1971-2001" includes materials relating to the activities of the American Section of the International Solar Energy Society. These materials include correspondence, board and membership meeting minutes, budget material, material regarding the selection and relocation of the Section's headquarters office, and details regarding the Society's incorporation. The material is arranged alphabetically according to subject.

"Correspondence, 1969-2004" includes correspondence from Dr. Böer to individuals, or regarding specific events or subjects. Further documentation about these individuals does not appear in this collection. Individuals represented include Gerhard Mener, Heinz Hora, and Otfried Madelling. Subjects include the American Physical Society and the International Conference on Luminescence. The files in this series are limited to groups of correspondence stored together by Dr. Böer, and individual letters or brief correspondence may be found elsewhere in the collection. The material is arranged alphabetically by correspondent or subject.

"Awards, 1972-2003" includes material relating to both awards received by Dr. Böer, as well as the Karl W. Böer Solar Energy Award, issued in his honor. Specific material includes correspondence, programs, and clippings regarding awards received by Dr. Böer from 1972 to 2003, as well as material related to President Jimmy Carter's receipt of the Karl W. Böer Award in 1993. Also included are the names of award nominees, as well as the Medal of Distinction Award. The material is arranged chronologically.

"Drafts and notes, 1954-2001" contains Böer's scientific research, calculations, paper drafts, and conference preparation notes. The papers are arranged by Böer's own organizational system, of which the only evidence was an ascending numerical order clearly visible on each file. Based on clusters of similarly themed files, the material appears to be arranged loosely by subject. However, no explicit relationship between assigned numbers and subject titles could be discerned. Many of the earlier papers are related to the Ovshinsky Effect, while later papers focus on solar cells and conductivity. Of particular interest are plans for an improved solar energy greenhouse at Longwood Gardens. It is important to note that Böer's organizational system was previously maintained in the University of Delaware's Karl Wolfgang Böer papers, 1945-2003 (bulk 1961-1986), collection number MSS 483.

The second subseries, "University of Delaware – teaching, 1969-2004," contains material from Böer's career as a professor in the University of Delaware's physics and engineering programs. Included are Böer's notes from courses he taught, research programs and proposals, and one student's dissertation. Also included is Böer's text entitled, "Introduction to Space-Charge Effects in Semiconductors." Series II, "Professional writings, 1958-2005" is composed of Böer's numerous papers published in journals and scholarly works. The earliest papers in the series were published while Böer was at Humboldt University, following him through his move to the University of Delaware, and continue through 2005. The publications that pre-date Böer's move to the United States are written in German. In addition to a copy of the published paper, some folders may also include related correspondence, drafts, and research notes. Many of these papers were published in physica status soldi: the International Journal of Solid State Physics, of which Böer was a founding editor. The papers are organized according to Böer's own numbering system, which is roughly chronological. A complete listing of Boer's numbered publications can be found in Appendix A of the Karl Wolfgang Böer Papers, 1945-2003 (Collection MSS 483) finding aid. Any non-numbered publications can be found alphabetically at the end of the series, as well as any correspondence relating to Böer's publications. Also included are published books edited by Böer, Fifty-Year History of the International Solar Energy Society and Its National Sections, and the Survey of Semiconductor Physics, Second Edition.

Series III, "Slides, 1973-1981," retains Böer's original organization, in which slides are grouped by location or image content. Within these groups, slides are arranged chronologically. Slide presentation topics include the economics of solar energy, photovoltaics, CdS cells, CdS theory, and solar installations, as well as presentation slides for Böer's formulas and equations. Also included are slide photos of the Institute of Energy Conservation's (IEC) solar houses, the Solar One project, and early Solar Energy Systems (SES) presentations. Particularly interesting are slide photos of Böer's own solar energy-powered home.

Series IV, "Films, 1960s" is a collection of reel films, most of which are housed in metal canisters and are undated. Approximately half carry German titles, which could not be fully translated but suggest content related to CdS theory or research. Based on these titles, as well as Dr. Böer's extensive list of German-language publications, it is likely that film content is in German as well.

Series V, "Biographical and personal material, 1953-2009," contains Böer's personal memorabilia. All files in this series were, upon receipt, observed to be grouped together and topically separated. The subjects documented in this series represent the only material in this collection documenting Dr. Böer's private life, as opposed to the professional focus that constitutes the collection's bulk. Included in this series are early patents, written in German, and material related to Böer's 70th birthday celebration in 1995. Also included are Ester Riehl's biographical work on Böer, and a book of poems, written by Böer in German, about his years in Berlin.

Series VI, "Binders of clippings and correspondence, 1970-1980," contains press releases, clippings, and photocopies of articles and newspaper clippings related to the Institute of Energy Conversion, solar energy, the Solar I house and general topics of research involving energy. The binders of material in this series were, upon receipt, observed to be grouped together and each binder labeled. For conservation purposes the binders were removed. However, the folder titles duplicate the labeling which appeared on the original binders.

This collection is minimally processed to the folder level.


Selected Search Terms

Personal Names
Böer, K.W., (Karl Wolfgang), 1926-
Corporate Names
International Solar Energy Society.
University of Delaware. Institute of Energy Conversion.
University of Delaware.
Topical Terms
Photovoltaic cells--Research--United States.
Physics--Study and teaching.
Solar energy.
Solar houses.
Form/Genre Terms
Awards.
Clippings.
Correspondence.
Lecture notes.
Manuscripts.
Motion pictures (visual work)
Photographs.
Poems.
Publications.
Reports.
Research notes.
Slides (photographs)
Technical writing.
Occupation
Physicists.

Related Materials in this Repository

MSS 483 Karl Wolfgang Böer papers, 1945-2003 (bulk dates 1961-1986)


  • I. Academic and professional activities, 1954-2004
    • A. Professional activities, 1954-2004
      • I. Technical Memorandums, 1979-1981
      • ii. Technical information transfers, 1981
      • iii. Technical Reports, 1967-1980
      • iv. Task force notes, 1981
      • v. Solar energy research and reports, 1971-1997
      • vi. International Solar Energy Society, 1971-2001
      • vii. Correspondence, 1969-2004
      • viii. Awards, 1972-2003
      • ix. Drafts and notes, 1954-2001
    • B. University of Delaware – teaching, 1969-2004
  • II. Professional Writings, 1958-2005
  • III. Slides, 1973-1981
  • IV. Films, 1960s
  • V. Biographical and personal material, 1953-2009
  • VI. Binders of clippings and correspondence, 1970-1980

Detailed Contents List

Series I. Academic and professional activities, 1954-2004
Subseries I.A. Professional activities, 1954-2004
Subseries I.A.i. Technical memorandums, 1979-1981

1979-1980   [Box 1 1]

1980-1981   [Box 1 2]

1981   [Box 1 3]

1981   [Box 1 4]

Subseries I.A.ii. Technical Information transfers, 1981

1981   [Box 1 5]

Subseries I.A.iii. Technical reports, 1967-1980

Published reports, 1967-1969   [Box 1 6]

Published reports, 1969   [Box 1 7]

Published reports, 1970-1971   [Box 1 8]

Unpublished reports, 1979   [Box 1 9]

Unpublished reports, 1980 April-July   [Box 1 10]

Unpublished reports, 1980 July-November   [Box 1 11]

Unpublished reports, 1981 January-February   [Box 1 12]

Unpublished reports, 1981 March-June   [Box 1 13]

Unpublished reports, 1981 July-September   [Box 1 14]

Technical status report, thin-film photovoltaics, 1980   [Box 1 15]

Project report, Phoenix exposure tests, 1979   [Box 1 16]

Project reports, CdS characterization, 1980 March-June   [Box 1 17]

Project reports, CdS characterization, 1980 July-September   [Box 1 18]

Project reports, CdS characterization, 1980 October-December   [Box 1 19]

Subseries I.A.iv. Task force notes, 1981

1 to 3b, 1981   [Box 1 20]

4 to 6, 1981   [Box 1 21]

7 to 8b, administrative, 1981   [Box 1 22]

Subseries I.A.v. Solar energy research and reports, 1971-1997

Direct solar energy conversion for large scale terrestrial use, final report, 1975 June   [Box 2 23]

Institute of Energy Conversion of the University of Delaware, 1975 January   [Box 2 24]

International Solar Energy Symposium, 1993 February 16   [Box 2 25]

Large scale solar energy conversion for terrestrial use; first assessment conference, 1971 October 8-9   [Box 2 26]

Solar energy systems, undated   [Box 2 27]

Solar energy utilization; a plan for action, by the Solar Energy Panel, 1972 July 14   [Box 2 28]

Solar One; drafts, 1987   [Box 2 29]

Solar One; first progress report of research conducted on the solar conversion system, 1974 May   [Box 2 30]

Solar One; first progress report of research conducted on the solar conversion system, 1974 May   [Box 2 31]

Solar One house, 1990-1997   [Box 2 32]

Solar roof technical data analysis, circa 1973   [Box 2 33]

Subseries I.A.vi. International Solar Energy Society, 1971-2001

Board and membership meetings, 1976   [Box 2 34]

Budget material, 1975-1977   [Box 2 35]

Committee correspondence and reports, 1976-1977   [Box 2 36]

Conference and meeting material, 1979-1981   [Box 3 37]

Correspondence, general, 1976-1977   [Box 3 38]

Correspondence regarding problems during Boer's service as chairman of the American section, 1976-1977   [Box 3 39]

Correspondence regarding selection of headquarters of American section, 1976-1979   [Box 3 40]

Grant report, 1980 November 26   [Box 3 41]

Incorporation, 1976-1977   [Box 3 42]

Organization charts, 1981 July 2   [Box 3 43]

Presentation notes, 2001 April   [Box 3 44]

Presentation notes, undated   [Box 3 45]

Relocation of office, Florida, 1976-1979   [Box 3 46]

Subseries I.A.vii. Correspondence, 1969-2004

American Physical Society, 1994-2004   [Box 3 47]

Gerhard Mener, 1997   [Box 3 48]

Heinz Hora, 2003-2004   [Box 3 49]

International Conference on Luminescence, 1969   [Box 3 50]

Maple commands, 2000   [Box 3 51]

Miscellaneous, 1994-2003   [Box 3 52]

Otfried Madelung, 2004   [Box 3 53]

Subseries I.A.viii. Awards, 1972-2003

Correspondence, programs and clippings regarding awards, 1972-2003   [Box 3 54]

Karl W. Böer Solar Energy Award, Jimmy Carter recipient, 1993   [Box 3 55]

Karl Böer Solar Energy Award nominees, Bloss-Lof, 1994-1995   [Box 3 56]

Karl Böer Solar Energy Award nominees, Loferski-Yerkes, 1994-1995   [Box 3 57]

University of Delaware Medal of Distinction, 1998   [Box 3 58]

Subseries I.A.ix. Drafts and notes, 1954-2001

Tunneling, Ovshinsky effect, carrier mobility, 1969   [Box 4 59]

Cambridge conference, 1969   [Box 4 60]

Pancake (thermal), semi-conductivity of glasses, electrothermal initiation, ovonics, 1969-1970   [Box 4 61]

Deep trap modulation, undated   [Box 4 62]

Flying lightspot reversible electrical switching, Ovshinsky effect, 1968   [Box 4 63]

Thermal initiation, undated   [Box 4 64]

Photoelectronic properties, 1969-1970   [Box 4 65]

Ovshinsky effect, electrical switching, undated   [Box 4 66]

Ovshinsky effect, undated   [Box 4 67]

CdS sandwich cells, 1971   [Box 4 68]

Filament formation, 1954   [Box 4 69]

CdS metal, 1958-1971   [Box 4 70]

Montreal conference, 1968   [Box 4 71]

Photoconductivity, disordered semiconductors, undated   [Box 4 72]

Detroit conference, 1971   [Box 4 73]

CdS detector models, 1971-1972   [Box 4 74]

Advances in Solar Energy, 2001   [Box 4 75]

Semiconducting glasses, undated   [Box 4 76]

Longwood Gardens, greenhouse heating, undated   [Box 4 77]

Non-ideal solar cell equation, undated   [Box 4 78]

Subseries I.B. University of Delaware - Teaching, 1969-2004

Correspondence, 1990-2004   [Box 5 79]

Contemporary Physics (PS 301 E), undated   [Box 5 80]

Direct solar energy conversion for terrestrial use, a research proposal, undated   [Box 5 81]

Dissertation: "Desorption of oxygen and its effects on the electrical properties of CdS single crystal platelets," by Rudolph Schubert, 1969 June   [Box 5 82]

Introduction to space charge effects in semiconductors (department of material science and engineering), undated   [Box 5 83]

Physics and chemistry of defects in semiconductors and photoconductors, undated   [Box 5 84]

Research program: large scale terrestrial solar energy utilization employing thin film direct solar energy converters combined with flat plate solar collectors, undated   [Box 5 85]

Research program: large scale terrestrial solar energy utilization employing thin film direct solar energy converters combined with flat plate solar collectors (copy 2), undated   [Box 5 86]

Thermodynamics and Statistics, undated   [Box 5 87]

Unidentified course (PS 207), undated   [Box 5 88]

Series II. Professional writings, 1958-2005

"Methode zum Sichtbarmachen von Leitfhigkeitsinhomogenitten von Halbleitern", 1958   [Box 6 89]

"Anwendung Elektro-Optischer Effekt zur Analyse des Elektrischen Leitungsvorganges in CdS-Einkristallen", 1959   [Box 6 90]

"Inhomogene Feldverteilung in Cds-Einkristallen im Bereich Hoher Feldstrken", 1959   [Box 6 91]

"Raumladungserscheinungen in Halbleitern Bedingt durch die Feldabhngigkeit der Beweglichkeit", 1959   [Box 6 92]

"Elektrooptische Effekte zum Nachweis von Feldverteilungen in Dialektrika", 1959   [Box 6 93]

"Inhomogene Feld-und Stromverteilungen in Halbleitern und Isolatoren", 1960   [Box 6 94]

"Feld-und Strominhomogenitten bei Hohen Elektrischen Belastungen in Isolatoren und Photoleitern", 1961   [Box 6 95]

"Vorprozesse des Wrmedurchschlages: I: Inhomogene Stromdichteverteilung bei Hohen Elektrischen Leistungen in CdS-Einkristallen", 1961   [Box 6 96]

"Vorprozesses des Wrmedurchschlages: Ii: zur Theorie der Inhomogene Stromverteilung bei Hohen Elektrischen Leistungen", 1961   [Box 6 97]

"Feld-und Strominhomogenitten in Si-Einkristallen", 1961   [Box 6 98]

"Vorprozesse des Wrmedurchschlages, Iii: Charakteristische Inhomogenitten und Ihre Kinetik in Elektrisch Hoch Belasteten CdS-Einkristallen", 1961   [Box 6 99]

"Characteristic Layer-Like Field Inhomogeneities in Homogeneous Photoconductors in the Pre-Breakdown Range", 1963   [Box 6 100]

"Layer-Like Field Inhomogeneities in Homogeneous Semiconductors in the Range of 'N-Shaped Negative Differential Conductivity'", 1965   [Box 6 101]

"Inhomogeneous Field Distribution in Homogeneous Semi-Conductors Having an N-Shaped Negative Differential Conductivity", 1966   [Box 6 102]

"New Kind of Field Instability in CdS in the Range of Negative Differential Resistivity", 1967   [Box 6 103]

"Slow Moving Field Domains in CdS in the Range of Negative Differential Conductivity", 1967   [Box 6 104]

"Stationary High-Field Domains in the Range of Negative Differential Conductivity in CdS Single Crystals", 1967   [Box 6 105]

"Experimental Determination of Changes in Conductivity with Electric Field, Using a Stationary High-Field Domain Analysis", 1968   [Box 6 106]

"Experimental Evidence for a Reduction of the Work Function of Blocking Gold Contacts with Increasing Photocurrents in CdS", 1969   [Box 6 107]

"Stationary Anode-Adjacent High Field Domains in Cadmium Sulfide", 1968   [Box 6 108]

"Electron Mobility in CdS at High Electric Fields", 1968   [Box 6 109]

"Transition between Stationary and Moving High-Field Domains in CdS in a Range of N-Shaped Negative Differential Conductivity Due to Field-Quenching", 1968   [Box 6 110]

"Influence of Boundary Conditions on High-Field Domains in Gunn Diodes", 1969   [Box 6 111]

"The Electrical Conduction Mechanism in Highly Disordered Semiconductors", 1970   [Box 6 112]

"Temperature Distribution and Its Kinetics in a Semi-Conducting Sandwich", 1969   [Box 6 113]

"Trap-Controlled Field Instabilities in Photoconducting CdS Caused by Field-Quenching", 1969   [Box 6 114]

"Determination of Field-Dependent Carrier Density and Mobility in Photoconductors Using High-Field Domains", 1969   [Box 6 115]

"CdS-Metal Workfunctions at Higher Current-Densities", 1971   [Box 6 116]

"Luminescence Spectrum of Undoped CdS Platelets as a Function of Slight Heat Treatment in Ultra-High Vacuum", 1970   [Box 6 117]

"Electrothermal Initiation of an Electronic Switching Mechanism in Semiconducting Glasses", 1970   [Box 6 118]

"Carrier Mobility in Highly Disordered Structures", 1970   [Box 6 119]

"Time Delay for Reversible Electric Switching in Semiconducting Glasses", 1970   [Box 6 120]

"Semiconductivity of Glasses", 1970   [Box 6 121]

"Remarks to the Ovshinsky Effect", 1970   [Box 6 122]

"Deflecting of Light Beams Using a Gradient in the Index of Refraction in Semiconducting Glasses", 1970   [Box 6 123]

"Desorption of Oxygen and Its Influence on the Electrical Properties of CdS Single Crystal Platelets", 1971   [Box 6 124]

"Desorption of Oxygen and Its Influence on the Electrical Properties of CdS Single Crystal Platelets", 1971   [Box 6 125]

"Transitions between Class I and Class II CdS Crystals Induced by Heat-Treatment, Oxygen De- Adsorption and Electron Bombardment", 1970   [Box 6 126]

"Field-Enhanced Ionization", 1970   [Box 6 127]

"Field Quenching as Mechanism of Negative Differential Conductivity in Photo Conducting CdS", 1970   [Box 7 128]

"Field Quenching as Mechanism of Negative Differential Conductivity in Photoconducting CdS", 1970   [Box 7 129]

"Electro-Thermal Analysis of a Thin Semiconducting Sandwich with Field-Independent Conductivity", 1970   [Box 7 130]

"Ideal-Real Semiconducting Glass and Low-High Conductivity Transition", 1970   [Box 7 131]

"The Transition to a High-Conductivity Branch in Some Highly Disordered Compensated Solids (Glasses)", 1971   [Box 7 132]

"Electro-Thermal Effects in Ovonics", 1971   [Box 7 133]

"Thermally Stimulated Currents in the Range of Unity Gain Factor", 1971   [Box 7 134]

"Second-Order Phase Transition to a High Conductivity State in Semiconducting Glasses", 1971   [Box 7 135]

"CdS-Metal Contact at Higher Current Densities", 1973   [Box 7 136]

"CdS-Metal Contact at Higher Current Densities", 1973   [Box 7 137]

"CdS-Metal Contact at Higher Current Densities", 1973   [Box 7 138]

"Photoconductor-Metal Contact at Higher Densities", 1973   [Box 7 139]

"Photoconductor-Metal Contact at Higher Densities", 1973   [Box 7 140]

"Ideal Semiconducting Glasses", 1971   [Box 7 141]

"Investigation of the Influence of Doping on Field Quenching in CdS", 1972   [Box 7 142]

"Improved Model for Glasses", 1971   [Box 7 143]

"Ovshinsky Switching and Double Injection", 1972   [Box 7 144]

"Perturbed Bands in Real Semiconducting Glasses", 1972   [Box 7 145]

"Infrared Detection by Reconfiguration of High Field Domains in CdS: Ag, Al", 1972   [Box 7 146]

"High-Field Domain Solutions in Radial Geometry", 1972   [Box 8 147]

"Future Large Scale Terrestrial Use of Solar Energy", 1972   [Box 8 148]

"Solar One: First Results: Part 1: The Solar One Conversion System", 1974   [Box 8 149]

"Solar One: First Results: Part 2: The House and Its Thermal System", 1974   [Box 8 150]

"Solar One: First Results: Part 3: Insulation and Total System Performance", 1974   [Box 8 151]

"Solar One: First Results: Part 4: Experimentation with Solar Collectors", 1974   [Box 8 152]

"Solar One: First Results: Part 5: The Solar-Electrical System", 1974   [Box 8 153]

"A Combined Solar Electric and Thermal House System", 1979   [Box 8 154]

"Latest Developments in Solar Cells", 1986   [Box 8 155]

"Solar Cell Theory", 1986   [Box 8 156]

"30 Years Hands-on Experience in Solar Heating, Pv, and Hybrid Systems", 2001   [Box 8 157]

"Self-Cooling of Photovoltaic Cells When Power Is Drawn", 2001   [Box 8 158]

"Solar Conversion under Consideration of Energy and Entropy", 2003   [Box 8 159]

"Solar Cells", 2003   [Box 8 160]

The Farrington Daniels Address, 2004   [Box 8 161]

"Electro-optical Effects to Visualize Field - and Current - Distributions in Semiconductors", undated   [Box 8 162]

"Research program book, masters, sections six and eight", undated   [Box 8 163]

"Observation of Deep-trap Modulation with "Near" Band-edge Weak Light in Copper-doped CdS Crystals", undated   [Box 8 164]

"The Shape of Non-Ideal Current-Voltage Characteristics of Solar Cells", undated   [Box 8 165]

Correspondence regarding reprints, 1985-1988   [Box 8 166]

Correspondence regarding publications, 2001   [Box 8 167]

Fifty-Year History of the International Solar Energy Society and Its National Sections, Volume I, 2005   [Box 10 220]

Fifty-Year History of the International Solar Energy Society and Its National Sections, Volume 2, 2005   [Box 10 221]

Survey of Semiconductor Physics Volume I: Electrons and Other Particles in Semiconductors, 2002   [Box 10 222]

Survey of Semiconductor Physics Volume II: Electronic Transport in Semiconductors, 2002   [Box 10 223]

Series III. Slides, 1973-1981

Solar general economics, unidentified (German), undated   [Box 8 168]

Solar general economics, power utility statistics, undated   [Box 8 169]

Solar general economics, world usage statistics, undated   [Box 8 170]

Solar general economics, economics, undated   [Box 8 171]

Physics of Photovoltaics, undated   [Box 8 172]

Physics of Photovoltaics, undated   [Box 8 173]

IEC solar houses, Bud building, undated   [Box 8 174]

IEC solar houses, roof testing, 1973   [Box 8 175]

IEC solar houses, heat storage salts, 1974   [Box 8 176]

IEC solar houses, accelerated testing CdS, 1974   [Box 8 177]

IEC solar houses, CdS panels, 1975   [Box 8 178]

IEC solar houses, solar shutter ideas, undated   [Box 8 179]

IEC solar houses, Boer residence, 1980   [Box 8 180]

IEC solar houses, Boer residence, schematics and performance, undated   [Box 9 181]

IEC solar houses, beautiful Delaware, 1980   [Box 9 182]

IEC solar houses, Atlanta, 1979   [Box 9 183]

IEC solar houses, utility graphs, load leveling, 1979   [Box 9 184]

Solar One, heat storage, 1973   [Box 9 185]

Solar One, collectors, 1973   [Box 9 186]

Solar One, battery storage, 1973   [Box 9 187]

Solar One, instrumentation, 1974   [Box 9 188]

Solar One, ducts and heat pumps, 1974   [Box 9 189]

Solar One, operation schematics and performance, 1974   [Box 9 190]

Solar One, logo, 1974   [Box 9 191]

Solar One, model and sketches, undated   [Box 9 192]

Solar One, construction, 1973   [Box 9 193]

Solar One, house exterior, 1973   [Box 9 194]

Solar One, interior design, 1973   [Box 9 195]

Early SES presentations, undated   [Box 9 196]

Microphoto CdS, undated   [Box 9 197]

Life testing results CdS, undated   [Box 9 198]

CdS pilot line, undated   [Box 9 199]

CdS cells, undated   [Box 9 200]

Capacitance, undated   [Box 9 201]

Single crystal CdS, undated   [Box 9 202]

Experimental IV, undated   [Box 9 203]

Solar installations, future solar houses, 1981   [Box 9 204]

Solar installations, passive solar houses, 1981   [Box 9 205]

Solar installations, present solar houses, 1981   [Box 9 206]

Solar installations, previous solar houses, 1976-1977   [Box 9 207]

CdS theory (part I), undated   [Box 9 208]

CdS theory (part 2), undated   [Box 9 209]

Unidentified slides of formulas, equations, and illustrations, undated   [Box 9 210]

Unidentified slides of formulas, equations, and illustrations, undated   [Box 9 211]

Unidentified slides of formulas, equations, and illustrations, undated   [Box 10 212]

Unidentified slides of formulas, equations, and illustrations, undated   [Box 10 213]

Unidentified slides of formulas, graphs, and equipment, undated   [Box 10 214]

Series IV. Films, 1960s

Strominkomogenitaten in CdS, undated   [Box 11 224]

Unidentified German film concerning CdS, 1960   [Box 11 225]

Feldinhomogenitaten in CdS (Modellisolator), undated   [Box 11 226]

Unidentified film, undated   [Box 11 227]

Unidentified film, undated   [Box 11 228]

Unidentified German film concerning CdS, undated   [Box 11 229]

Unidentified film, undated   [Box 11 230]

Series V. Biographical and personal materials, 1953-2009

Gedichte Krieg und Frieden, Berlin 1945-1950, der Jung Wolfgang Boer, undated   [Box 10 215]

Patents (in German), 1953-1964   [Box 10 216]

Patent information, 1999-2001   [Box 10 217]

Böer's 70th birthday, 1995   [Box 10 218]

Opportunities, Challenges, Obligation; The life of the Physicist and Solar Pioneer Karl Wolfgang Böer, by Ester Riehl, circa 2009   [Box 10 219]

Series VI. Binders of clippings and correspondence, 1970-1980

Contains press releases, clippings, and photocopies of articles and newspaper clippings related to the Institute of Energy Conversion, solar energy, the Solar I house and general topics of research involving energy. The binders of material in this series were, upon receipt, observed to be grouped together and each binder labeled. For conservation purposes the binders were removed. However, the folder titles duplicate the labeling which appeared on the original binders.

Applications National Science Foundation, 1973   [Box 12 1]

Energy, 1970   [Box 12 2]

Energy, 1970-1980   [Box 12 3]

Heating and Cooling, 1973   [Box 12 4]

Institute of Energy Conversion, 1972-1980   [Box 12 5]

Institute of Energy Conversion, 1973-1974   [Box 12 6]

Institute of Energy Conversion-Industrial Technical, 1973   [Box 12 7]

Satellites and Power Utilities, 1973   [Box 12 8]

Solar I, 1972-1980   [Box 12 9]

Solar Energy, 1973   [Box 12 10]

Solar Energy II, 1973   [Box 12 11]

Washington, 1973   [Box 12 12]