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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Another angle showing the diode.

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One end of the rods is connected to the source of RF power, such as the output of a radio transmitter. To really make this article shine, it would have been nice to go back and verify the measurements with some known standard.

The length of the wires depends on the wavelength involved; lines used for measurement are generally several wavelengths long. Looking at the chart, the error due to lechee is much smaller.

An improved Lecher wire experiment

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. The nodes are much sharper than the antinodes, because the change of voltage with distance along the line is maximum at the nodes, so they are used.

This page was last edited on 10 Novemberat Radar circuit analysis by United States. 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. How do you test the oscillator circuit you just made that runs between MHz and MHz if all you have is a MHz oscilloscope, a few multimeters and a DC power supply? Lecher line, oscillator and other equipment.


A simpler design is a “U”-shaped metal bar, marked with graduations, with a sliding shorting bar. The frequency f of the waves can be calculated from the wavelength and the speed of the waves, which is the speed of light c:. I made a loop like the diode loop but without the diode and hooked it up to my Tektronix TDS MHz oscilloscope probe and probe ground and tried it. Does that make sense? Thanks for suggesting that. This page was last edited on 22 Novemberat Two methods are employed to find the nodes.

The loop is only around 3. Thank you for this.

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

In precision wavemeters an RF voltmeter is used. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

This reminds me of the fun part of physics classes. Retrieved March 26, from D. The shorting bar should always be slid outaway from the link end, not into avoid converging on a higher order node by mistake. When the screwdriver is still less than half a meter from the lechrr end, and at the node for the first half-wavelength, the voltage across the diode is above 0.

Lecher wire wavemeter

The bulb goes out at the nodes, where the voltage is zero. By using our website and services, you expressly agree to the placement of our performance, functionality and advertising cookies.

The wikipedia article has a good description of this phenomenon. I measured the frequency by spanning three of them and then multiplying by three.

When the screwdriver is between nodes, the voltage is less than 0. 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 resulting data and graph are shown below.


From Wikimedia Commons, the free media repository. A metal bar, or a screwdriver in my case, is put across the width of the two parallel wires, shorting them. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: In operation, the U end acts as a coupling link and is held near the transmitter’s tank coil, and the shorting bar is slid out along the arms until the transmitter’s plate current dips, indicating the first node has been reached.

One difference between them is that transmission line stubs like Lecher lines also resonate at odd-number multiples of their fundamental resonant frequency, while lumped LC circuits just have one resonant frequency.

Unless its author has been dead for the required period, it is copyrighted in the countries or areas that do not apply the rule of the shorter term for US works, such as Canada 50 pmaMainland China 50 leecher, not Hong Kong or MacaoGermany 70 pmaMexico pmaSwitzerland 70 pmaand other countries with individual treaties. So that is what a Lecher Line is! Apparently the screwdriver causes a reflection creating a standing wave of voltage and current on the line. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Its namesake is Ernst Lecher, a physicist from Austria who perfected the practice in This work is in the public domain because it lecehr published in the United States between and and although there may or may not have been a copyright notice, the copyright was not renewed.

Newnes Guide to Television and Video Technology. The one objection is: Retrieved from ” https: Public domain Public domain false false. An advanced treatise on alternating-current theory.

There seems to be something to that.