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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Commercially available and ohm twin lead balanced ribbon feeder can be used as a fixed length Lecher line resonant stub. PD US not renewed.

Given that the wires are surrounded by air, and that the relative permittivity of air is 1. Thanks for suggesting that. The other method used to find the nodes is to slide the terminating shorting bar up and down the line, and measure the current flowing into the line with an RF ammeter in the feeder line.

How does it work — does anybody know? Retrieved March 24, As shown in the above photos, I added the diode loop to the collection of loops at the end of the Lecher line. The RF current is usually coupled into the line through a single turn loop of wire at one end, which can be held near a transmitter’s tank coil.

The pecher bar is slid down the line and dire position of two successive current minima is noted, the distance between them is half a wavelength. The separation between the Lecher bars does not affect the position of the standing waves on the line, but it does determine the characteristic impedancewhich can be important for matching the line to the source of the radio frequency energy for efficient power transfer.


For parallel wires the formula for capacitance per unit length C is. Because the speed of light in a transmission line is not the same as in vacuum.

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The bulb goes out at the nodes, where the voltage is zero. A Lecher line consists of two kecher wires or rods that form a balanced transmission line. When attached to a source of radio-frequency power such as a radio transmitter, the radio waves form standing waves along their length.

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Using a Lecher Line To Measure High Frequency

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Radar circuit analysis by United States. Or if you rather use technology from 2 centuries ago, use that I suppose.

By using this site, you agree wirre the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. From Wikimedia Commons, the free media repository. Retrieved from ” https: More fun discovering Lecher Lines though. There is wooden base under wires. Lecher line circuits can be used for the tank circuits of UHF power amplifiers. The Electrical Engineer, Ltd. Detecting really tiny current with a long filament, huge magnets, and some optics. As I slide the bar along the wires, it influences the waves.

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Wird Views of Electricity, 3rd Ed. Lecher line, oscillator and other equipment. But if I HAD to…. Dictionary of Pure and Applied Physics. With care, Lecher lines can measure frequency to an accuracy of 0. If the indicator has too low an impedance it will disturb the standing wave on the line, so a high impedance indicator must be used; oecher regular incandescent bulb has too low a resistance.

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Also available on Arthur H. Looking at the chart, the error due to that is much smaller. Thank you for this. It would be great to see a visual explanation showing using a light particle model- showing how the light particles are absorbed and create the electric potential between both sides of the diode when the screwdriver is at a node. Less than half baked idea, but could a similar setup be used to detect the swinging length of a guitar string?

In the first photo above, the oscillator is pulled back a bit to make things clearer. Another angle showing the diode.

Also in my setup the other end of the line is open, the wires are not connected together there. The high voltage of early transmitters excited a glow discharge in the gas. There was a 90 MHz signal of unknown origin that dominated and leccher induced signal from the oscillator was lower amplitude so it rode on the 90 MHz signal. Summary [ edit ] Description Lecher wires and oscillator So I am still off by a lot.

Graph of oecher data.