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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Bogden Maglich, the discoverer of Omega Meson and the inventor of Migma (autocollider), a filmless spark chamber, as well as this "tagged neutron" system.
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