Kilovolt Instructor

Purpose

To measure the approximate electrostatic potential to which your body is charged.
 

Equipment

Van de Graaff generator with ground sphere, electrostatic voltmeter, point for electrostatic discharge, wires.

 

Setup Time

5 min.
 

    Images

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    Description

    The volunteer, standing on a styrofoam insulating pad and connected to an electrostatic voltmeter, holds a discharge point close to the dome of a Van de Graaff generator. The charge on the person is measured by the voltmeter. The point discharge allows the person to be charged but prevents large sparks.
     

    References

    (PIRA unknown.)