Effect of direct current on the frequency of sonometer wire

Gogate, D. V. ; Naik, Y. G. (1930) Effect of direct current on the frequency of sonometer wire Nature, 125 . p. 819. ISSN 0028-0836

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The maintenance of oscillations of a sonometer wire by the passage of an alternating current through it has been studied in detail by Krishnaiyer and others (Phil. Mag., 1922, etc.). If, however, direct current of the value of about an ampere be passed through the wire, it is found that the frequency of the oscillations, for a fixed position of the two sonometer bridges, is slightly lower than what it is when no current is passing. This effect is best observed by tuning the sonometer with an electrically excited fork placed on the sonometer board. When the wire is tuned to this frequency it begins to vibrate with a large amplitude. These vibrations are observed with a low power microscope. If the direct current be now passed through the wire, the amplitude of the vibrations is immediately reduced, and can be restored again to its original strength by shortening a little the length of the wire between the bridges.

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