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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Short lengths of Lecher line are often used as high Q resonant circuitstermed resonant stubs.

By using our website and services, you expressly agree to the placement of our performance, functionality and advertising cookies. How about using a metal measuring tape for one of the transmission elements? Another angle showing the diode. So the distance my screwdriver was off by was 0. 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.

A simpler design is a “U”-shaped metal bar, marked with graduations, with lceher sliding shorting bar. The oscillator puts electromagnetic waves on the Lecher line using induction.

Using a Lecher Line To Measure High Frequency

When the screwdriver is still less than half a meter from the oscillator end, and at the node for the first half-wavelength, the voltage across the diode is above 0.

So the line presents an impedance to the applied power which varies with its length; when a current node is located at the entrance to the line, the current drawn from the source, measured by the lcher, will be minimum.


The timestamp is only as accurate as the clock in the camera, and it may be completely wrong. Lecher and early researchers used long thin Geissler tubeslaying the glass tube directly across the line.

Lecher line – Wikipedia

Form the wire into a Lecher line. Summary [ edit ] Description Lecher wires and oscillator Lecher line wavemeters are usually built on a frame which holds the conductors rigid and horizontal, with a track that the shorting bar or indicator rides on, and a built-in measuring scale so lrcher distance between nodes can be read out.

The Lecher line, invented by Ernst Lecher inwas widely used to measure the frequency of short wave UHF transmitters during the s. There was a 90 MHz signal of unknown origin that dominated and the induced signal from the oscillator was lower amplitude so it rode on the 90 MHz signal.

To really make this article shine, it would have been nice to go back and verify the measurements with some known standard. The end with the oscillator but pulled back from the Lecher line.

Lecher line

Its namesake is Ernst Lecher, a physicist from Austria who perfected the practice in From Wikimedia Commons, leccher free media repository. An advanced treatise on alternating-current theory.

Thank you for this.

Retrieved March 26, from D. Permission Reusing this file. By sliding a conductive bar that bridges the two wires along their length, the length of the waves can be physically measured. You guys should do a retrotachular on ECGs. Retrieved from ” https: This reminds me of the fun part of physics classes. Views Read Edit View history. 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.


Email required Address never made public. The length of the wires depends on the wavelength involved; lines used for measurement are generally several wavelengths lecber.

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5N – Standing Electromagentic Waves in a Wire (Lecher line)

It consists of a pair of parallel wires that serve as a length of balanced transmission line which is short-circuit terminated by the metal plate right. The waves reflected from the short-circuited end interfere with the outgoing waves, creating a sinusoidal standing wave of voltage and current on the line.

Leave a Reply Aire reply Enter your comment here Two methods pecher employed to find the nodes. One problem with using glow discharge bulbs is their high striking voltage makes it difficult to localize the exact voltage minimum. The voltage goes to zero at nodes located at multiples of half a wavelength from the end, with maxima called antinodes located midway between the nodes.

As done in the post: I measured the frequency by spanning three of them and then multiplying by three. The frequency f wird the waves can be calculated from the wavelength and the speed of the waves, which is the speed of light c:.

For parallel wires the formula for capacitance per unit length C is.