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  • Vol. 37, Iss. 10 — Oct. 1, 1947
  • pp: 837–845

Fluctuations in Gas Discharges

H. Y. LOH and G. H. DIEKE  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA, Vol. 37, Issue 10, pp. 837-845 (1947)

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Examination of the light output of discharge tubes, using the multiplier-type photo-tube in conjunction with a cathode-ray oscillograph, is suggested as a powerful aid to the usual electrical measurements in understanding the behavior of electrical discharges in gases. Exhaustive experiments of this type are under way, the preliminary results of which are reported in this paper. A striking characteristic of these results is the appearance of oscillations not only in the voltage and current, but particularly in the light intensity. These oscillations appear to be very general, and are not due to the external circuit used. They are only of a few percent magnitude in the case of the voltage and current, but often nearly 100 percent in the case of the light intensity. It seems certain that the theory -of electrical discharges should in many cases be revised to take these oscillations into account.

H. Y. LOH and G. H. DIEKE, "Fluctuations in Gas Discharges," J. Opt. Soc. Am. 37, 837-845 (1947)

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  1. For a general review of gas discharges see, e.g., L. B. Loeb, Fundamental Processes of Electrical Discharges in Gases (John Wiley and Sons, Inc., New York, 1939); A. O. Engel and M. Steenbeck, Elektrische Gasentladungen (Edwards Brothers, Inc., Ann Arbor, 1944), 2 volumes; M. J. Druyvestijn and F. M. Penning, Rev. Mod. Phys. 12, 87 (1940).
  2. G. H. Dieke, H. Y. Loh, and H. M. Crosswhite, J. Opt. Soc. Am. 36, 185 (1946).
  3. G. H. Dieke, "Symposium on Spectroscopic Light Sources, Buffalo, June 1946," Proc. A.S.T.M. (1947).
  4. L. B. Loeb, reference 1, pp. 563, 573; Engel and Steenbeck, reference 1, p. 65.

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