Sunday 6 October 2013

Diamonds from Moissan's Extraordinary Electric Furnace

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Nobel Prize winner Henri Moissan's experimentation was of a spectacular and highly dangerous nature. Not only did he isolate elemental fluorine, without the inconvenient fatal poisoning associated with earlier attempts, but he had a penchant for pouring white hot molten iron into water. His electric arc furnace, below, enabled him to perform his artificial diamond experiments. 

Moissan's furnace consisted of two large carbon rods held within bricks of quicklime. An electric arc was struck between the rods (up to 1200 amps @ 110 volts), the highly insulating refractory lime contained the heat, and temperatures of over 3500 degrees centigrade reached.

Here's Moissan's account of his diamond synthesis experiments,
from his 1904 book, The Electric Furnace

The full book can be read online here

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Unrelated to this post, below is an example of
eclectic science esoterica 

Cherenkov radiation

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