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Crookes' experimental spinthariscopes, 1902-1903.

Crookes' experimental spinthariscopes, 1902-1903.
3 5 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 27cm


Four of the original experimental spinthariscopes made by Sir William Crookes (1832-1919) with the radium supplied to him by Madame Marie Curie. A spinthariscope is a simple instrument that visually shows individual alpha particles by means of the scintillations they produce when hitting a screen of a suitable phosphorescent material.

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