Transmutation of the Elements

  • Kenneth R. Lang
Part of the Undergraduate Lecture Notes in Physics book series (ULNP)


When voltage is applied to the ends of a glass tube filled with rarefied gas, an arc of light passes from the cathode–negative end of the gas tube to the other end – the anode, which is positive. If vacuum pumps are used to reduce the gas pressure in the glass tubes, they cease to glow inside, but the glass shines where the invisible cathode rays apparently are striking it.


Atomic Nucleus Alpha Particle Radioactive Decay Beta Decay Electron Neutrino 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kenneth R. Lang
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  1. 1.Department of Physics and AstronomyTufts UniversityMedfordUSA

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