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.
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- sparing action,
- spark arrester,
- spark coil,
- spark erosion,
- spark gap,
- spark generator,
- spark off
Origin of spark chamber
First recorded in 1960–65
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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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