Mercury use (WAS RE: hospital surplus)
julesrichardsonuk at yahoo.co.uk
Fri Mar 24 08:44:33 CST 2006
Tony Duell wrote:
>> Not much use I can think of in computing, but in other things quite
> Am I the only person to be thinking of EDSAC and its delay lines here?
I've got a feeling that the owner of the BCL Susie that we've got to pick up
some time said that there's a mercury delay line in that for some reason...
I don't believe that anyone's mentioned mercury arc rectifiers yet as one
application of mercury (and of course fascinating to watch!). (Did any early
computers ever use them for any reason? Presumably wound transformers were
always the norm, although I'd love an excuse to have a running MAR on display :-)
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