Re: mercury break
Tesla List wrote:
> Original Poster: Tom Stathes <newphreak_16-at-yahoo-dot-com>
> I remember reading somewhere that tesla used something
> called a mercury break on the coils he used for the
> wireless transmission of electricity. Can anyone tell
> me what a mercury break is? Can someone send me a
> picture or diagram of one?
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That gadget was, in effect, a high-speed commutator/switch using
mercury as the "brush". Described in a number of places and no doubt
worked just fine. Antonio had a description on his web page of a much
more modern system using a similar "interrupter". Most "silent" light
switches use a drop of mercury sealed in glass or ceramic to perform a
similar function, although they don't rotate through a circle.