Re: Electric bath? ... X-rays from light bulbs/Tesla Coils
>Just wanted to relate that I have produced x-rays using an antique light
>bulb and a small 3-4" spark Tesla coil. The radiation was strong enough to
>weakly fluoresce an x-ray screen with a target shadow (paper clip used for
>target object) between the bulb and screen.
THANK you for this email. When I started out fiddling around with Violet
Rays and different smaller Tesla Coils, knowing nothing anything about
Tesla, sparks, or radiation I was lighting up Edison bulbs and noting that
the glass phosphoresced a beautiful yellow green colour, and that the
filaments and posts inside cast black shadows on the glass. Didn't have a
clue what was going on. I must have played quite a long time with this
light bulb, and in the weeks time acquired a half dozen or so more bulbs to
play with, and found similar results.
I probably also REALLY did some sort of damage to myself and would NOT
recommend that anyone experiment with Crookes Tubes and X-ray tubes without
knowledge of safety/etc.
I recreated Röntgens experiments without knowing it ( = yikes!).
I do have to say that the effect is quite beautiful. When reading Tesla's
lectures [and others] who describe Crookes and Geissler Tubes in such
elegant fashions, really going overboard, it is true -- vacuum discharge
tubes are as elegant and "beautiful" as stated. And really, the
descriptions are only approximate as to describe exactly what you see can be
Tesla created a uni-polar x-ray tube, of which I have drawings adapted for
the Violet Ray and Diathermy Machines. It has one electrode, the other
being formed by condenser action on approaching the tube to a grounded
object (the person being x-rayed).
Again, above I noticed that when I touched my hand to the top of the light
bulb, the phosphorescence greatly increased.
I Hate to know what sort of damage I could have/DID cause from these
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