Hc-7 Ignition by Focusing Light
Published: Monday 13 March 2006 - Updated: Monday 28 March 2011
To demonstrate the focussing of infra red light and the resultant temperature rise.
- 650W Light globe
- 2 parabolic Mirrors with retort stands
- Flammable Pellets (Snakes ala Bernards Magic Shop)
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The Light globe is placed at the focus of one of the parabolic mirrors, so that a parallel beam of light is produced. The other mirror is placed approximately 2-3 meters in line to refocus the beam. The flammable pellet is accurately placed at the focus and will ignite within 10- 15 seconds.