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Image number: RS.11775
Credit: ©The Royal Society

Glow effects in mercury vapour




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

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height (print): 81mm
width (print): 68mm



Experiment showing glow effects and dark intervals within glass tubes filled with mercury vapour. Sparks between the negative electrode formed of a tube of aluminium foil and the positive electrode of long aluminium wire running parallel to this.

Text accompanying this image states that: ‘On exhaustion the glow gradually covers the whole aluminium surface; but a dark strip about 2 or 3 centims. in width is observed directly opposite the positive wire. The appearance is well represented by fig.4...’

Additional print of figure 4, 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: ‘1’; and 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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