The Fabric of Atoms

  • Andreas Hofmann
Chapter

Abstract

Several simple experiments indicate that neutral substances, i.e. such that possess no overall charge, are composed of charged particles whose individual charges balance each other. For example, if a salt is dissolved in water, the conductivity of the resulting solution is larger than that of pure water. Historically, the first findings in this context (Elster and Geitel 1882; Hertz 1887) were those showing that a metal can emit charged particles when either heated (thermionic emission) or exposed to ultraviolet light (photoelectric effect).

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Andreas Hofmann
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Eskitis InstituteGriffith UniversityNathanAustralia
  2. 2.Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural SciencesThe University of MelbourneParkvilleAustralia

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