Faraday's Ice Pail Experiment

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“Faraday’s ice pail experiment. An ice pail P connected with gold leaves of an electroscope C, is placed on an insulating stand S. A charged conductor K, carried by a silk thread, is lowered into the pail, and finally touches it at the bottom. While it is being lowered the leaves of the electroscope diverge farther and farther, until K is well within the pail, after which they diverge no more, even when K touches the pail or is afterwards withdrawn by the insulation thread. After withdrawal, K is found to be completely discharged.” -Hawkins, 1917


Hawkins and Staff Hawkins Electrical Guide Number One (New York: Theo. Audel and Company, 1917) 20


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