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On Repulsion Resulting from Radiation1

Nature volume 13, pages 391392 | Download Citation



THIS paper contains an account of experiments on the action of radiation on bodies the surfaces of which have their radiating and absorbing powers modified by various coatings. The difference between a white and a lamp-blacked surface in this respect was at first not very decided, and experiments have been instituted with the object of clearing up some anomalies in the actions observed. Two pith discs, one white and the other black, are suspended on a light arm in a glass bulb by means of a fine silk fibre; after perfect exhaustion the white and black discs are found to be equally repelled by heat of low intensity, such as from the fingers, warm water, &c. A copper ball is then tried at gradually increasing temperatures. Up to 250° C. it repels both equally, above that the black is more repelled than the white, and at a full red heat the repulsion of the black disc is very energetic. A lighted candle acts with more energy than the red-hot copper.

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