spark chamber


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spark chamber

n.
A device consisting of electrically charged parallel metal plates in a chamber filled with inert gas, used to detect and measure a charged subatomic particle as it passes through the chamber, leaving a trail of sparks.

spark chamber

n
(General Physics) physics a device for detecting ionizing radiation, consisting of two oppositely charged metal plates in a chamber containing inert gas, so that a particle passing through the chamber ionizes the gas and causes a spark to jump between the electrodes
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Noun1.spark chamber - an instrument that detects ionizing radiation from elementary particles
particle detector - a chamber in which particles can be made visible
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2 was a lexan-window exhibit of a neon-filled, multistage spark chamber, where cosmic rays zapped through every few seconds, silently ionizing the high-voltage charged neon gas with segmented, orange-colored streaks, first at one angle, then another.
This need was met by the spark chamber, in which incoming particles ionized neon gas that was crossed by many metal plates.
The first practical spark chamber was constructed in 1959 by two Japanese physicists, Saburo Fukui and Shotaro Miyamoto.