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Lightning Plate
# 5B30.261


Description: Hang the lightning plate on the insulating stand and connect each end to either the Van De Graaff or Wimshurst electrostatic generators. When the generator is turned on, sparks will begin to jump the gaps (at the same time) as the generator is grounded.

Things to note about this demonstration:
1) The sparks always follow the shortest path.
2) Spark brightness is uniform for all gap widths.

The total of all the spark gaps is about 1.1 inches (2.8mm) and will require a minium voltage of 25,000 to 30,000 volts.

Parts: Lightning Plate
Van de Graaff or Wimshurst Electrostatic Generator
Grounding Stand
Grounding Rod

Purchased/Built: purchased

Setup Time: 1 hour

Quant. in Demo Room: 1

Source: Central Scientific


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