spark chamber


noun Physics.

a device for detecting elementary particles, consisting of a series of charged plates separated by a gas so that the passage of a charged particle causes sparking between adjacent plates.

Nearby words

  1. sparing,
  2. sparing action,
  3. sparingly,
  4. spark,
  5. spark arrester,
  6. spark coil,
  7. spark erosion,
  8. spark gap,
  9. spark generator,
  10. spark off

Origin of spark chamber

First recorded in 1960–65

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British Dictionary definitions for spark chamber

spark chamber

noun

physics a device for detecting ionizing radiation, consisting of two oppositely charged metal plates in a chamber containing inert gas, so that a particle passing through the chamber ionizes the gas and causes a spark to jump between the electrodes
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