Multi-Wire Spark Detector

Multi-Wire Spark Detector

The Multi-Wire Spark Detector gives a memorable and dramatic demonstration of the ionising properties of alpha particles.

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The Multi-Wire Spark Detector gives a memorable and dramatic demonstration of the ionising properties of alpha particles. Alpha particles have short range but are very effective at ionising air. The multi-wire spark detector has a number of fine wires that are supported above a metal plate to form two electrodes separated by a small air gap. 4mm terminals allow an EHT supply to be connected and when the potential across the gap reaches about 4500V occasional ionised particles cause a visible and audible spark to occur. If an alpha source is brought near, the sparking dramatically increases showing the presence of ionised particles. The short range and poor penetrating properties of alpha radiation can be easily demonstrated.
An EHT power supply capable of providing a negative potential is required.

Product code: LA10-761