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Subject: X-Rays in the garage?
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This will no doubt sound bizarre and probably doesn't belong in this
group... If there's a better group I can put this question to, please
let me know.
Sometime a year or so ago I found this fascinating website:
I got to thinking that I could meld this sort of thing together with
another favorite pastime of mine, selective genetic breeding, and come
up with a way to induce mutations in the seeds of various plant
species. The ultimate goal would be to bombard seeds with x-rays for a
given duration, and observe the results in any that still germinate
Anyways, I don't have access to x-ray tubes, and I don't have any
vacuum tubes at present, but I _do_ have a clear glass 5" lightbulb
and also one of the once popular "Eye of the Storm" globes. What I was
wondering is this: If a send very high voltages through an ordinary
clear glass lightbulb using a small disk of foil externally on the top
as a ground, could I excite the said foil target into emitting x-ray
radiation? Would the globe from the "Eye of the Storm" unit be a more
effective candidate for this? Am I right in expecting that a maximum
amount of energy exists where the heat produced in the "Eye of the
Storm" globe would shatter or perhaps melt? I ask this last question
because those of us who have used them might have noticed a definite
warmth at the point where the user's finger touches the glass during
operation. Obviously this will not work if the target also has to be
within the vaccum, which would explain the author's use of old vacuum
tubes. If that is true, then I will simply wait until I can salvage
some old vaccum pentodes or other big tubes that have a large "getter"
coating at the top.
Also, one more question, if I may. Is there a simple material that can
be used as a detector screen for any x-rays I may produce? I was
thinking along the lines of a CRT or other flourescent device placed
near enough to be excited into glowing. I did notice on that website
that they suggest the use of zinc sulfide as a gamma ray flourescent
material, but hoped I could use something else that I might already
have on hand. If that's the best I can do, then I guess I'll just have
to get some.
It's all crazy, I know, but know that I do NOT intend to stand over
the final device while it runs. I merely plan to run it for the
purposes outlined above via a long extension cord.
If anyone can lend advice, or even perhaps suggest more efficient
methods of producing X or Gamma radiation, please feel free to help.
I'll be more than glad to post any results for others to laugh at :-)
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