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electrostatic generator - Description, Related machines, Fringe science and devices

wimshurst charge

A device for producing a large electric charge, usually by the repetition of an induction process and the successive accumulation of the charge produced. An important 19th-c type was the Wimshurst machine (1878), devised by British engineer James Wimshurst (1832–1903). Modern, very high voltage machines are versions of the Van de Graaff belt-operated generator (1929).

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