A. In electronics, a Lecher line or Lecher wires is a pair of parallel wires or rods that were used to measure the wavelength of radio waves. The Lecher wire experiment found in undergraduate laboratories is usually limited to the observation of the voltage distribution for open and short circuit. An improved Lecher wire experiment. To cite this article: M B Allenson et al Phys. Educ. 8 View the article online for updates and enhancements.

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In operation, the U end acts as a coupling link and is held near the transmitter’s tank coil, and the shorting bar is slid out along the arms until the transmitter’s plate current dips, indicating the first node has been reached.

The next one further away is a full wavelength. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Retrieved March 23, The Principles of Electric Wave Telegraphy. The timestamp is only as accurate as the clock in the camera, and it may be completely wrong. Also available on Arthur H.

I made a loop like the diode loop but without the diode and hooked it up to my Tektronix TDS MHz oscilloscope probe and probe ground and tried it. Another way would have been to use e. Less than half baked idea, but could a similar setup be used to detect the swinging length of a guitar string? The resulting data and graph are shown below. The length of the wires depends wirr the wavelength involved; lines used for measurement are generally several wavelengths long.

You are commenting using your Twitter account. My lexher, though, was wiring our ADC circuits directly into the address bus through opto-isolators, of course of a Commodore 64 so that we could get data points every 10 ms when we wrote our apps in assembler. One answer is to put away the oscilloscope and use the rest along with a length of wire instead. The end with the oscillator but pulled back from the Lecher line.


How about using a metal measuring tape for one of the transmission elements? This file contains additional information such as Exif metadata which may have been added by the digital camera, scanner, or software program used to create or digitize it. Given that the wires are surrounded by air, and lecuer the relative permittivity of air is 1.

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As shown in the above photos, I added the diode loop to the collection of loops at the end of the Lecher line. Enhanced version and more background: The nodes are much sharper than the antinodes, because the change of voltage with distance along the line is maximum at the nodes, so they are used. Thank you for this.

One end of the rods is connected to the source of RF power, wir as the output of a radio transmitter. A Lecher line is a pair of parallel uninsulated wires or rods held a precise distance apart.

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The waves reflected from the short-circuited end interfere with the outgoing waves, creating a sinusoidal standing wave of voltage and wirre on the line. Email required Address never made public. The shorting bar should always be slid outaway from the link end, not into avoid converging on a higher order node by mistake.

Lecher line, oscillator and other equipment. The frame must be made of a nonconductive material like wood, because any conducting objects near the line can disturb lecger standing wave pattern. New Jersey Society for Amateur Scientists.

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Because the speed of light in a transmission line is not the same as in vacuum. To really make this article shine, it would have been nice to go back and verify the leccher with some known standard.


The shorting bar is slid down the line lechsr the position of two successive current minima is noted, the distance between them is half a wavelength. Its namesake is Ernst Lecher, a physicist from Austria who perfected the practice in Part of that loop is a 6.

I measured the frequency by spanning three of them and then multiplying wife three. See the red line in this photo. Description Lecher wires and oscillator The Lecher line, invented by Ernst Lecher inwas wige used to measure the frequency of short wave UHF transmitters during the s. A simpler design is a “U”-shaped metal bar, marked with graduations, with a leccher shorting bar. More fun discovering Lecher Lines though. The loop is only around 3. If the file has been modified from its original state, some details such as the timestamp may not fully reflect those of the original file.

Form the wire into a Lecher line. Another angle showing the diode. There is wooden base under wires. Therefore the magazine’s copyright was not renewed and it is in the public domain.

R Jessop [15] uses a Lecher line anode tank. There seems to wide something to that. In electronicsa Lecher line or Lecher wires is a pair wwire parallel wires or rods that were used to measure the wavelength of radio wavesmainly at UHF and microwave frequencies. One of those ways is to have the bar be two terminals of a neon bulb. Newnes Guide to Television and Video Technology.

So I am still off by a lot. Lecher and early researchers used long thin Geissler tubeslaying the glass tube directly across the line.

With care, Lecher lines can measure frequency to an accuracy of 0.