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High Frequency Discharge in Gases


FOR some time past we have been studying the problem of high frequency discharge through air and other gases. In the course of our investigation we found that whether the electrodes are of external metal sleeves or are of internally sealed aluminium wires, steady striations always appear in the tube under suitable experimental conditions. Recently Heidemann (Ann. d. Physik, 85, Nr. 6; 1928) and Dr. S. P. McCallum and Mr. W. T. Perry (NATURE, Jan. 12, 1929) have observed striated discharges in hydrogen and argon with external electrodes. The general nature of the striated discharges appears to be the same in all gases. Over and above what they have noted we have been able to observe certain new characteristic features of the discharges.

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MUKHERJEE, B., CHATTERJI, A. High Frequency Discharge in Gases. Nature 123, 605 (1929).

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