5C20.60 - Displacement Current
Hook the wave generator to an amplifier, and then connect the output of the amplifier to the parallel plate capacitor. Connect the sensing coil to the input of the other amplifier which is connected to a speaker. An amplified frequency of about 50 Hz going into the capacitor works well. Move the sensing coil around the capacitor plates. Notice that the coil only picks up a signal when held in the correct polarized position.
Run this at a frequency of 1000 to 3000 Hz. Use the smaller set of parallel plates. The current setup does not need the "Clamp box". Channel L volume on the Pyle Amplifier should be up half way. Sensor volume on the other amplifier should be up all the way. NOTE: We are probably hearing electrostatic components and not the true displacement current.
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