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The Combination of Hydrogen and Oxygen in the Presence of Activated Mercury

Dickinson, Roscoe G. (1924) The Combination of Hydrogen and Oxygen in the Presence of Activated Mercury. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 10 (9). pp. 409-410. ISSN 0027-8424.

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In order to demonstrate the ability of mercury atoms, excited by the absorption of the mercury line 2537 Å., to dissociate hydrogen by "collisions of the second kind," Cario and Franck [1] illuminated with a quartz mercury-arc lamp a mixture of hydrogen and mercury vapor in a quartz tube which also contained copper or tungsten oxide. The water formed in the reduction of the oxide by the activated hydrogen was removed by liquid air, and the consequent pressure decrease was followed with a MacLeod gauge. The writer has had occasion to make some similar experiments employing, however, gaseous oxygen instead of a metal oxide. In view of the importance of collisions of the second kind in other phenomena as well as in photo-chemical sensitization, the work will be briefly described.

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Additional Information:Copyright © 2005 by the National Academy of Sciences CommunIicated, August 28, 1924 The writer is indebted to Prof. Richard C. Tolman for his interest in this work. Financial assistance has been received from a grant made by the Carnegie Institution of Washington.
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