Where do anode rays come from

The cathode rays show the atomistic subdivision of electricity

The Building Blocks of the Body World An Introduction to Atomic Physics pp 47-58 | Cite as

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Everyone has seen lightning and heard that the lightning consists of an electrical discharge. The opposite charges between two clouds or between cloud and earth balance each other out. One can imitate lightning on a small scale by discharging a charged Leyden bottle. Then a popping spark forms between the two wires or metal balls at the smallest distance. The discharge in a tube with diluted gas becomes wonderfully diverse and colorful. The essential parts of such a tube are shown in Fig. 10. A glass tube closed on all sides, only through the neck D. the air can be pumped out. Two wires fused into the glass walls serve to supply and discharge the current. The one connected to the positive pole of the charging machine is also called the anode here A., the other K is the cathode. The shape of the tube, as well as the arrangement of the electrodes, can vary widely depending on the particular purpose for which the tube is to serve.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1. Ignatius College in Valkenburg, Germany