Abstract

The subject of this paper is the reproducibility of the intensity ratios of spectral lines emitted by a condensed spark discharge in air (denoted here for brevity by spectral stability, or simply, stability). In the first section, the general conditions for such stability are surveyed briefly, and the influence of the circuit parameters is discussed. In the second section, the function of auxiliary gaps in various schemes is considered. In the last section, measurements with an electrical set-up suitable for the purposes of quantitative spectrum analysis are given.

© 1945 Optical Society of America

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