Gas in cathode-ray experiment?

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Which gas is used in cathode ray experiment by J.J. Thomson & Sir William?

The voltage they used was about: 15k-20k V
The pressure they used: < 0.1mm of Hg
The gas they used: ?
 

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Apparently different gases were tried in cathode ray tubes at the time.

However based on the fact that Thompson used an evacuated tube (0.1 mmHg vs 1 atmosphere or 760 mmHg), the I would expect the gas was air.

http://www.aip.org/history/electron/jj1897.htm
 
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Apparently different gases were tried in cathode ray tubes at the time.

However based on the fact that Thompson used an evacuated tube (0.1 mmHg vs 1 atmosphere or 760 mmHg), the I would expect the gas was air.

http://www.aip.org/history/electron/jj1897.htm

What a coincidence, I'm on that site too searching for a brief outline of the debate on whether cathode rays are waves or particles (both are correct) and the properties which they exhibit categorized them as either waves or particles.
 

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