Demonstration of the Ramsauer-Townsend Effect in a Xenon Thyratron

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The anomalously small scattering of electrons near 1 eV energy by noble gas atoms may be easily demonstrated using a 2D21 xenon thyratron. This experiment is suitable for a lecture demonstration or for an undergraduate physics laboratory. The probability of scattering and the scattering cross section may be obtained as a function of electron energy by measuring the grid and plate currents in the tube.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)701-703
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of Physics
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 1968

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