Van de Graaff Generator

Demo Number 383
Location Shelf 27
Description This is an electrostatic machine that uses a moving belt to accumulate very high electrostatically stable voltages on a hollow metal globe.
 Related Demos 182, 405
  • The Van de Graaf generator can be thought of as a constant-current source connected in parallel with a capacitor and a very large electrical resistance.
  • This particular generator has “hairs” that stand up and illustrate the accumulated charge.

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This Demo is Part of the following Categories: 5A10 Producing Static Charge, 5A50 Electrostatic Machines