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Image number: RS.11774
Credit: ©The Royal Society

Electrical spark in mercury vapour




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

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height (print): 84mm
width (print): 74mm



Experiment showing the glow effects of spark discharges through mercury vapour contained within glass tubes. The lower platinum wire is the negative pole and the tube had been heated to 50 degrees centigrade.

Additional print of figure 1b, 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’. The image has pencil additions, sketching in the end of the tube.

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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