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Scanning our past from London: The filament lamp and new materials

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1 Author(s)
B. Bowers ; London, UK

A 19th century electrical artifact that has been completely transformed and given a new lease of life is the filament lamp. In the 19th century, the filament was made of carbon: no other material was satisfactory. The author looks at the development of early carbon lamps and the eventual transition to metal filament lamps using tantalum and tungsten.

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Proceedings of the IEEE  (Volume:89 ,  Issue: 3 )