Report of Optical Tests run on Three Experimental Rife/Bare Tubes
For these tests, three specially fabricated Randazzo straight Rife/Bare type tubes were used. All of these tubes are about 30% longer than commonly used Rife/Bare tubes so as to be able to handle higher power levels used during some of these tests.
The first tube measures 30 inches long by 25 mm in diameter. It is filled with a 90/10% mixture of Argon/Neon. This gas mixture is generally considered to be the standard gas fill for Rife/Bare tubes most commonly used by researchers at the time.
The second tube measures 30 inches long, but the central discharge section of the tube measures only 10 mm in diameter. The ends of the tube are the standard 25 mm in diameter. These larger diameter tube ends are used to hold the spiral wire electrodes which transfer the RF energy into the tube. The large diameter allows the tube to handle a higher power level through the 25 mm diameter section than would be possible if the power were applied directly to the 10 mm tube area. This tube is also filled with the standard 90/10% mixture of Argon/Neon. This tube was specially designed to force the electrical discharge inside the tube to be concentrated into a small channel, rather than allow it to spread out as is the case in "normal" Rife/Bare tubes.
The third tube measures 30 inches long by 25 mm in diameter. It is filled with 100% Hydrogen gas. Due to the high temperature operating characteristics of Hydrogen, this tube has thicker than normal walls. This tube was designed to test the effectiveness of Hydrogen as compared to Argon. (It is generally considered that Argon gas gives the most effective "wave" and the most gentle results.)
These tests were made to determine the relative brightness of the three tubes when driven by the same current. (Note that CURRENT is not the same thing as POWER.)
All three tubes were connected in series, and were then excited by using a standard neon sign transformer, rated at 15,000 volts @ 0.060 amperes. This current level was sufficient to excite the tubes to a normal glow, not unlike that exhibited when the tubes are driven by a moderate amount of RF energy in normal Rife/Bare operation.
A Singer Metrics Sensitive Research Electrostatic Kilovoltmeter was used to measure the running voltage across each tube. It was found that for current levels between 5 MA and 60 MA, the voltage across each of the Argon/Neon tubes held constant at 300 volts. The voltage measured across the Hydrogen tube was a much higher value, 3,000 volts.
Because the firing voltage of a Rife/Bare tube is quite a bit higher than the running voltage is, it is apparent from these measurements that there will be a great deal of difficulty in lighting a Hydrogen filled tube as compared to an Argon/Neon tube. Subsequent tests using a high powered RF amplifier showed that indeed, it required an extraordinary amount of RF power to light the Hydrogen tube. The Argon tubes used in these tests would easily stay lit with as little as 5 watts of RF per "running inch" of tube, the Hydrogen tube required a minimum of 50 watts per "running inch" of tube! The Hydrogen tube produced a very intense discharge at that power level, but it also runs extremely hot, to the point of melting the plastic tube supports in a matter of just a minute or two.
Continued operation of the Hydrogen tube was not done, for fear of damage to the tube or the operator. (Lighting 20 inches of this Hydrogen tube requires almost 1,000 watts of RF energy!) I suspect that a smaller diameter tube and a different gas pressure may reduce the extreme power levels indicated here. The addition of a small amount of Neon to the Hydrogen may help as well, although it is possible that the Neon may selectively absorb the RF energy, causing the Hydrogen to do little or nothing.
When the tubes are viewed in a darkened room, they show considerable differences in brightness. The brightness of the Argon tube is greatly enhanced by decreasing the diameter of the tube bore. The Hydrogen tube is quite bright, but it is using ten times the power than the Argon tubes are using.
Here is a view of the three tubes as seen in Red Light. It is my belief that Red or Infra-Red light may be the key to how the Rife Beam Ray system functions.
Here is a picture of the center of an 25 mm Argon Tube when driven at low power, showing the typical Argon glow.
This visible light picture shows a close up of the electrode endsof all three tubes.
For relative optical conversion efficiency tests, and to derive the Optical Output plotted against RF Energy curves of the restricted bore and the 25 mm diameter Argon tubes, the tubes were driven by RF energy instead of the 60 Hz AC.
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