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Wimshurst Machine

PIRA DCS: 5A-50.10

Description
Wimshurst generators generage large sparks for use in various electrostatic experiments and demonstrations. The companion Leyden jars can be connected to the circuit to store charge as it is created.
NB Breakdown voltage of air is 30,000 V/cm

Availability:Available
Location:EM33
Equipment
Wimshurst Generator:
carries out charging by induction. The two insulated discs rotate in opposite directions.
Leyden jar:
A device built to store static electric charge. A Leyden jar is a cylindrical capacitor. For example a glass can with aluminum foil inside and outside is a Leyden jar.
References
R.M. Sutton, Demonstration Experiments in Physics, E-26, p262.
Freier & Anderson, Demonstration Handbook for Physics, Ea-22, page E-10.
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