Shocking myself...

Discussion in 'General Electronics Chat' started by cmartinez, May 19, 2017.

  1. WBahn

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    Yep -- it's a strong alpha emitter (which is what you want for what it does) and doesn't emit a lot of other stuff (though some, of course).

    I used them as a proxy for radon decay because the Am-241 alpha particle energy is about 10% less than that of radon, which meant that if I could detect Am-241 at the edge of my physical shield that I could detect radon out to that distance as well.

    Plus, it was easy to get them and I didn't have to jump through the accountability hoops that I did for registered sources such as Po-210, even though they are about 80 times as active as the one polonium source I had. Furthermore, with a half-life of about 432 years, I didn't have to worry about them going bad.

    There were older ionization detectors that used Am-241 sources at about 80 microcurie.
     
  2. SLK001

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    The body can build up a tolerance to the shocks (maybe because of dead nerves - or fried brain cells!).
     
  3. cmartinez

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    Or maybe... you're actually beginning to like it! :D
     
  4. ian field

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    A smoke alarm probably wouldn't help much with static charge unless you did a bit of dismantling then.

    There were at one time mildly radioactive sources on the market for ESD handling.
     
  5. ian field

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    I've often wondered what would happen if you slapped defibrillator paddles on the sides of someone's head.
     
  6. wayneh

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    Let us know how that works out for you! :eek: If we don't hear from you, we'll know.
     
  7. ian field

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    Any spray cleaner with ammonia leaks charges away, but isn't permanent - polishes with silicone make it worse.
     
  8. ian field

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    I was hoping for a volunteer - when can I expect you..................
     
  9. ian field

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    Never got to like the shocks that came with TV repair - but it came to the point of not bothering me so much.
     
  10. ian field

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    The inner and outer conductive coating on a CRT flare forms the EHT reservoir capacitor.

    Apparently the glass polarizes in some way or other so that the charge recovers after you've shorted it - the times that bit me weren't exactly rare.
     
  11. AlbertHall

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    It's called electroconvulsive therapy and it's not nice.
     
  12. AlbertHall

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    Many ordinary capacitor dielectrics do this too. Beware high voltage caps.
     
  13. ian field

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    I got the idea from a terminator spin off series - Sarah Connor did it to a Terminator which took long enough to re boot for them to get away.
     
  14. ian field

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    Someone gave me a collection of 2.5kV caps - they were all handed over with bleed resistors across the terminals, which I didn't bother removing.
     
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