Low-Pressure Mercury and Sodium Lamps

  • A. G. Jack
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (ASIB, volume 149)


The low-pressure discharge forms the basis for two important families of lamps, namely the fluorescent lamp, based on the low-pressure mercury-rare-gas discharge, and the low-pressure sodium-rare-gas discharge lamp. In this paper some of the aspects of the low-pressure discharge, as found in these two families of lamps, will be discussed. The published work on the low-pressure mercury-rare-gas discharge is more extensive and will first be considered. In later sections the similarities and differences as far as the low-pressure sodium-rare-gas discharge is concerned will be examined.


Fluorescent Lamp Discharge Tube Visible Radiation Positive Column Radiation Efficiency 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. G. Jack
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  1. 1.Lighting Division, EDW-5Nederlandse Philips Bedrijven B.V.EindhovenThe Netherlands

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