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Geissler tube

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  1. a sealed glass tube with platinum connections at the ends, containing rarefied gas made luminous by an electrical discharge.
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Origin of Geissler tube

1865–70; named after H. Geissler (1814–79), German inventor
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Geissler tube

  1. a glass or quartz vessel, usually having two bulbs containing electrodes separated by a capillary tube, for maintaining an electric discharge in a low-pressure gas as a source of visible or ultraviolet light for spectroscopy
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Word Origin

C19: named after Heinrich Geissler (1814–79), German mechanic
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