Lenard rays


  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Lenard rays (Physics) Rays emanating from the outer surface of a plate composed of any material permeable by cathode rays, as aluminium, which forms a portion of a wall of a vacuum tube, or which is mounted within the tube and exposed to radiation from the cathode. Lenard rays are similar in all their known properties to cathode rays. So called from the German physicist Philipp Lenard (b. 1862), who first described them.
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In literature:

Shortly afterwards Lenard discovered that the cathode rays can be made to pass from the inside of a discharge tube to the outside air.
"A History of Science, Volume 3(of 5)" by Henry Smith Williams
In air at atmospheric pressure the Lenard rays spread out very diffusely.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 8" by Various