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

  title={Scanning our past from London: the filament lamp and new materials},
  author={Brian Bowers},
  journal={Proceedings of the IEEE},
  • B. Bowers
  • Published 1 March 2001
  • Physics
  • Proceedings of the IEEE
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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