Canal Rays

 

 

Materials: 

Canal ray tube

Powerstat power supply

Induction coil

Alligator clips

 

Procedure: 

Plug the induction coil into the *powerstat* and then connect the induction coil to the canal ray tube with aligator clips.  Plug in the power supply and turn up the voltage until the tube begins to glow.

 

Discussion: 

Electrons released from the cathode collide with atoms of the gas present in the tube knocking out of each of these atoms one or more additional electrons.  These collisions leave behind positively charged ions. The positive ions produced move toward the cathode.  Some of the positive ions flow through the perforations in the cathode disc forming canal rays.  Canal rays are deflected in the opposite direction from cathode rays by both electric and magnetic fields.  Since the canal rays are heavier they are deflected less by a magnetic field.

 

To schedule a demonstration, please send an email to the demonstration lab.

 

Contact:

Eric Camp

Lecture Demonstration Technician

Bagley Hall 171

(206) 543-1606

ericcamp@uw.edu

 

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