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Reactions of Quicksilver

  1. Apr 20, 2005 #1
    I'm trying to find out if there is another way to excite mercury other than temperature, say for instance what would the reaction be if a stungun was fired into a bucket of mercury, and would the result be the same if it happened in a vacuum? novice at this
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  3. Apr 21, 2005 #2


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    I don't know that I could help anyway, but mainly I'm not quite sure what the question is. 'Excite' how? If you mean to produce light, that's electrical stimulation of mercury vapour, not really dependent upon temperature. (Incidentally, if you're thinking of doing any experiments with mercury, be extremely careful. It's incredibly toxic and can kill you through skin absorbtion as well as inhalation.)
  4. Apr 21, 2005 #3
    No, I'm not doing any experiments, just doing some pondering about over unity, what I'm looking for is a fluid that expands, by temperture or electrical means, that will go back to its smaller stable state , like a thermometer would retreat back to its bulb when it gets cooler.
  5. Apr 21, 2005 #4


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    Careful! You are almost speaking about Alchemy. Modern propaganda argues about these different phases of quicksilver.

    Ah, in the USA there is an alchemical thread which uses gunpowder (not available to Mid Age practicioners) to burn the composite.

    For classical alchemy, you can try Newman & Principe ' book.
  6. Apr 21, 2005 #5


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    I see. Okay then, mercury isn't the way to go. I don't have the time to find it right now, but there are people doing pretty much what you're interested in. They've come up with an electrically active fluid that changes it's viscosity according to how much current is going through it. So far they have variable shock absorbers, but I think that they're trying to expand the research in order to make artificial muscles out of the stuff. Maybe try Googling for 'electroactive fluids' or various similar things.
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