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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If the indicator has too low an impedance it will wiee the standing wave on the line, so a high impedance indicator must be used; a regular incandescent bulb has too low a resistance. Its namesake wirw Ernst Lecher, wirw physicist from Austria who perfected the practice in Plain Lecher line and with test equipment in use The end with a loop A Lecher line consists of two parallel wires or rods that form a balanced transmission line.

Another angle showing the diode. Retrieved wife ” https: There seems to be something to that. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. An advanced treatise on alternating-current theory. For parallel wires the formula for capacitance per unit length C is. Summary [ edit ] Description Lecher wires and oscillator wirr The waves reflected from the short-circuited end interfere with the outgoing waves, creating a sinusoidal standing wave of pecher and current on the line.

In precision wavemeters an RF voltmeter is used. Lecher line circuits can be used for the tank circuits of UHF power amplifiers. Learn how your comment data is processed.


When the screwdriver is between nodes, the voltage is less than 0. The voltage goes to zero at nodes located at multiples of half a wavelength from the end, with maxima called antinodes located midway between the nodes. When the screwdriver is still less than half a meter from the oscillator end, and at the node for the first half-wavelength, the voltage across the diode is above 0.

Thank you for this. Probably results will be more accurate if wires will be farther from wooden base. The next one further away is a full wavelength. Therefore the magazine’s copyright was not renewed and it is in the public domain.

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Modern Views of Electricity, 3rd Ed. By sliding a conductive bar that bridges the two wires along their length, the length of the waves can be physically measured. Looking at the chart, the error due to that is much smaller. The end with the oscillator but pulled back from the Lecher line.

My Tektronix MHz scope can display waveforms up to about MHz at reduced accuracy but sufficient to see that the oscillator works.

Two methods are employed to find the nodes. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: In other projects Wikimedia Commons.

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. Graph of the data. A Lecher line demonstration kit used to measure the frequency of a vacuum tube UHF oscillatorfrom a radio magazine.

Why does this so drastically differ from the values in the datasheet? This short circuiting termination reflects the waves.


An improved Lecher wire experiment

In many ways Lecher lines are an electrical version of the Kundt’s tube experiment which is used to measure the wavelength of sound waves. As a typical lechfr, something like a Colpitts oscillator wiee be used, tuned with a varicap diode that changes its depletion capacitance strongly as the bias voltage across the diode changes — which is what allows control of the oscillator frequency from an applied bias voltage.

That setup really helps de-mystify its mechanical equivalent at sonic frequencies, the transmission line speaker, and the currently popular mathematical model for it as described by Martin J. They were also used as componentsoften called ” resonant stubs “, in UHF and microwave radio equipment such as transmittersradar sets, and television setsserving as tank circuitsfiltersand impedance-matching devices.

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

A major attraction of Lecher lines was they were a way to measure frequency without complicated electronics, and could be improvised from simple materials found in a typical shop. You guys should do a retrotachular on ECGs. The oscillator puts electromagnetic waves on the Lecher line using induction.

The oscillator is a voltage controlled oscillator. One of those ways is to have the bar be two terminals of a lecherr bulb. Public domain Public domain false false. See the red line in this photo.

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