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Van Atta Lester F4

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Van Atta Lester F4

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Image title: 
Sparks viewed endwise
Credit line: 
AIP Emilio Segrè Visual Archives

Sparks viewed endwise, possibly from a Van de Graaff generator. They are leaping some 20 feet from one terminal to the other and striking the rim of the two-porthole, back of which the camera is located. Note how the sparks appear to fatten as they approach. This was probably taken at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Photo date: 
circa 1957
Original format: 
1 photographic print (black and white; 4 x 3 inches)
Van Atta, Lester C. (Lester Clare), 1905-