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A New Case of Phosphorescence induced by Radium Bromide

Nature volume 68, pages 269270 (23 July 1903) | Download Citation



IT is known that salt (NaCl) at a temperature of 200° C. is phosphorescent (vide Phipson on “Phosphorescence,” p. 20); during a course of experiments in June last I found that radium bromide induces phosphorescence at ordinary temperatures. The following is a convenient way of observing the phenomenon. Fill a wooden match-box with table salt removed from the inner portion of a block; press the radium bromide tube into the yielding mass and just barely cover it with the substance. If it be now put on one side for a few hours, say into one of the compartments of a chest of drawers, on opening the box in the dark all round the tube will be found to phosphoresce with a white light, but, unlike zinc blende and barium platinocyanide, the salt continues visibly to phosphoresce after removal of the radium bromide. The portions of salt round the tube are turned of a faint buff or ochrey tint. The image of the visible portion round and where the radium bromide tube has lain is impressed on a photographic plate in thirty minutes, but only very faintly in two or three minutes. I have tried samples of salt from several localities with the same results.

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