El-8 Van de Graaff Generator (Lighting a Fluorescent Tube)
Published: Tuesday 14 March 2006 - Updated: Thursday 31 March 2011
To demonstrate the large electric field gradient of a Van de Graaff generator.
- Van de Graaff generator
- Fluorescent tube
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A hand held fluorescent tube is held in close proximity to the dome of the Van de Graaff generator. The high voltage gradient lights the tube.