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The Bertele Arc


THE electron emission in the cathode spot of arcs has remained an unexplained phenomenon since K. T. Compton1 first directed attention to it. It appears that the arc discharge discovered by H. von Bertele2 puts this paradox into an even more acute form.

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GABOR, D., VITHAYATHIL, J. The Bertele Arc. Nature 189, 821–822 (1961).

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