What is it about?
We wanted to measure the effectiveness of an air ioniser, for evaluating its use in weather modification. Measuring the ion current conventionally requires a complicated system. Our method is simple - use the ion current to light a LED, and measure its brightness remotely.
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Why is it important?
New applications of air ionisers are being found in aircraft propulsion and weather modification, beyond their typical use in air purification. Assessing their effectiveness generally requires a current measurement at high voltage, and a LED provides an unexpectedly simple way to do this.
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This page is a summary of: Isolated corona current monitoring using a compensated light-emitting diode as an unpowered sensor, Review of Scientific Instruments, September 2023, American Institute of Physics,
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