Date: Tue, 08 Mar 2005 11:31:47 -0700

Author: "Zigmund J. Peacock"

Subject: Re: Estes igniters and magnesium strips

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Roger, how about a really big laser and cutting your cheapskate Dean in
half.
That would be impressive!
On a more serious note an Estes ignitor should light a Mag
ribbon, after all you can light a Mag ribbon with a match. Don't ask me
how I know that except to say I had a large supply of Mag ribbon as a
13-15 year old! It happened in Britain and the "statute of limitations"
has run out.
Zig
P.S. I think I still have some of the Mag ribbon in my toolbox at home. Zig

Curry, Robert T wrote:

> Roger,
> I don't know if the ignitor would set off Mg ribbon, but it certainly
> should set off a black powder pellet.
> Bob Curry
>
>
> we're having a ribbon cutting ceremony for our new science
> building (no, Physics didn't get any space in it) and the Dean in
> his wisdom has asked that we "cut the ribbon with a laser" .....
> one of our faculty even asked me if our nitrogen laser would cut
> it. I have an idea to shine a laser on the ribbon for a few
> seconds, then set off a magnesium ribbon taped to the back of the
> ribbon with an estes ignitor ... would the ignitor get hot
> enough? I don't have any handy or I'd try it. Ideas?
>
> thanks in advance for the fun discussion
>
> -
> Roger
>

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University of Utah/Physics peacock@physics.utah.edu
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the night to do violence to those who would do us harm"
-- George Orwell

"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good
men do nothing!"
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Roger, how about a really big laser and cutting your cheapskate Dean in
half.

    That would be impressive!

       On a more serious note an Estes ignitor should light a Mag
ribbon, after all you can light a Mag ribbon with a match. Don't ask me
how I know that except to say I had a large supply of Mag ribbon as a
13-15 year old! It happened in Britain and the "statute of limitations"
has run out.

       Zig

P.S. I think I still have some of the Mag ribbon in my toolbox at home.
Zig



Curry, Robert T wrote:

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class="845402517-08032005">Roger,

class="845402517-08032005">I don't know if the ignitor would set off
Mg ribbon, but it certainly should set off a black powder pellet.

class="845402517-08032005">Bob Curry



we're having a ribbon cutting ceremony for our new science building
(no, Physics didn't get any space in it) and the Dean in his wisdom has
asked that we "cut the ribbon with a laser" ..... one of our faculty
even asked me if our nitrogen laser would cut it.  I have an idea to
shine a laser on the ribbon for a few seconds, then set off a magnesium
ribbon taped to the back of the ribbon with an estes ignitor ... would
the ignitor get hot enough?  I don't have any handy or I'd try it. 
Ideas?



thanks in advance for the fun discussion



-

Roger







-- 
Zigmund J. Peacock WWW.physics.utah.edu/people/staff/peacock.html
University of Utah/Physics peacock@physics.utah.edu
115 SOUTH 1400 EAST #201 Tel 801 581 6602
SALT LAKE CITY UT 84112-0830 Fax 801 581 4801

"We sleep safely in our beds because rough men stand ready in
the night to do violence to those who would do us harm"
-- George Orwell

"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good
men do nothing!"
-- Edmund Burke




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