7D10.12 - Fiesta-ware Plate - Vaseline Glass

Code Number:
7D10.12
Demo Title:
Fiesta-ware Plate - Vaseline Glass
Condition:
Excellent
Principle:
Natural and Artificial Radioactive Sources
Area of Study:
Modern Physics
Equipment:
Geiger counter, Fiesta-ware plate, Vaseline glass objects.
Procedure:

The Fiesta plate is coated with Uranium Oxide which gives us the orange color.  Place the detector next to the plate and a fairly high comp rate should be heard.

Vaseline glass also has Uranium Oxide in it which is what gives it the distinctive yellow-green color.  Not only does this make the figures mildly radioactive but also will cause them go fluoresce under a UV or black light.

References:
  • Roeland Boot, "Uranium Glass: A Glowing Alternative to Conventional Sources of Radioactivity", TPT, Vol. 55, #76, Feb. 2017, p. 76
  • Douglas E. Peplow, "FiestawareTM Radiography", TPT, Vol.  37, #5, May 1999, p. 316.
  • Jack G. Couch and Kelly L. Vaughn, "Radioactive Consumer Products in the Classroom", TPT, Vol. 33, #1, Jan. 1995, p. 18.
  • Chris Smolinski, "Radioactive Products and Other Sources Of Radiation", Black Cat Systems. 

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