Date: Sat, 23 Feb 2002 16:24:15 -0500

Author: Dick Heckathorn

Subject: RE: Cloud chamber alcohol type?



Want a higher proof alcohol? Go to the chemistry lab, borrow a condenser
and distill what ever alcohol you have one or more times. Remember to
watch closely the temperature of the alcohol in the heating flask. When
the temperature starts rising towards 100 degrees C, most of the alcohol
has been evaporated so the collecting flask must be removed.


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such a manner that it will talk back."

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-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of John Power
Sent: Saturday, February 23, 2002 2:58 PM
Subject: Re: Cloud chamber alcohol type?

William Beaty wrote:

> Hey, is hot alcohol vapor an explosive when mixed w/air? (I.E. could
> electrostatic sparks cause a large chamber to go POOMF?)

While an alcohol-water mixture can be heated, that's distilling after
it *really* is dangerous since alcohol is very flammable and can be used
as a fuel.

John Power
Argonne National Lab