A Novel Magneto-Optical Effect


THE interesting observation recorded by Prof. Elihu Thomson in NATURE of June 23, p. 520, seems likely to have a bearing on the old Reichenbach experiments, which were for the most part disbelieved by orthodox science, but on which Sir William Barrett and others made some careful observations, to ascertain what truth there might be in them. The effects could not be denied, but they were capricious; and in view of Prof. Elihu Thomson's discovery, it seems possible that the luminosity may have been visible to sensitive percipients when there was a trace of magnetic dust in the room and when other light was not excluded. The obvious precaution of excluding other light may have been the condition which militated against the examination of the phenomenon, which it was then thought was presumably of a subjective character.

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LODGE, O. A Novel Magneto-Optical Effect. Nature 107, 553 (1921). https://doi.org/10.1038/107553a0

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