BCIT Physics Department

Demonstration Manual


DHT15 - Crooke's Radiometer


- To illustrate different absorption and reflection of radiation by different surfaces.



Rapid rotation is produced by heat radiation of a filament heater. (Rotation is produced by a temperature differential between the silvered and blackened surfaces, resulting in a slight gas pressure difference between the two faces). The bulb has been evacuated down to a pressure of about 1 mmHg.

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- Bill Nye the Science Guy explains the science of a radiometer