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Image number: RS.11770
Credit: ©The Royal Society

Electrical spark in mercury vapour

Date

1884

Creator

Arthur T. Stanton (d.1898, British), Physicist

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Material

Technique

Dimensions

height (print): 92mm
width (print): 85mm

Subject

Description

Experiment showing the glow effects of spark discharges through mercury vapour contained within glass tubes. The upper platinum wire is the negative pole and the tube had been heated to 100 degrees centigrade.

Additional print of figure 2a, plate 4, from the manuscript version of the paper ‘Experiments on the discharge of electricity through gases. Sketch of a theory’, by Arthur Schuster, Proceedings of the Royal Society, vol.37 (1884), pp.317-339. The published version appeared as the Bakerian Lecture for 1884.

Inscribed in ink verso: ‘Schuster’.

Sir Arthur Schuster [formerly Franz Arthur Friedrich] (1851-1934) German-born British physicist was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1879.

Arthur T. Stanton (d.1898) acted as Arthur Schuster’s experimental assistant at the University of Manchester.

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