Loose Contact Devices or the Loose Contact Principle – yes, you got it – permanently arcing contacts have been a mystery to science since at least 1879 when David Hughes first studied them.
David Hughes carbon microphone, the first wireless detector, was debunked by the Royal Society – would you believe?
Note: any reference to radio or wireless on this page refers to Morse code transmissions and not audio (speech) transmissions unless otherwise stated.
The microphone is so commonly used that few of us ever give it a second thought. Microphones are essential for the operation of most of our modern technology, something that never occurred to me until I started researching this page. It was David Hughes (right) who found that a carbon microphone could not only detect sounds but that it could also be used to detect wireless signals. As a result it was he who made the first transmission and reception of a wireless signal in 1879. The rest is 70 years of history: the carbon mic became the coherer and the coherer was replaced by the cat-whisker for crystal radio. Followed by the triode vacuum tube radio that was eventually replaced by the transistor. All of the above were what’s called Loose Contact Devices and each was dependant upon the one that went before it. No one has ever had a complete explanation as to how any of them work.
The Carbon Button Microphone was the first known Loose Contact Device
The Early Telephone – Alexander Graham Bell
Wiki Misinformation: Alexander Graham Bell (1847 – 1922) was a Scottish-born scientist, inventor, engineer, and innovator who is credited with patenting the first practical telephone and founding the American Telephone and Telegraph Company (AT&T) in 1885. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexander_Graham_Bell
Bell was a teacher of the deaf, not an academic scientist nor was he a qualified engineer. Wiki thinks that using the imagination has to be something to do with a scientific qualification – when it suits the purpose.
moah.org: While working on devices to help the hearing-impaired in 1876, Alexander Graham Bell developed a simple combination receiver (earphone) and transmitter (microphone) using a bar magnet, a coil of fine wire and a thin metal disk (diaphragm). Bell’s device worked both as a microphone and an earphone…. Unfortunately, the sound was quite weak and could not serve as the basis of a commercial telephone. However, the receiver portion of his device (carbon microphone) worked very well and was used in virtually all commercial telephones around the world.
The missing element was a better transmitter or microphone. A device that would generate a strong electrical equivalent of the voice would complete a telephone that could be used for long distance communication. This device, the carbon microphone, was invented by both Edison and Francis Blake in 1877 and patented by Edison. http://www.moah.org/talkingwires/talkingwires.html?KeepThis=true
The identity of the inventor is still a cause for much controversy. It may have been invented by David Hughes, who seemed to invent things to entertain himself.
Emile Berliner was credited with inventing the carbon-button microphone patented by him on the 16-12-1879. Alexander Graham Bell was so impressed with the carbon-button microphone that he bought the rights for $50,000 (1.1 million dollars in today’s money), so he could use it in his telephone prototypes.
Berliner called his microphone a “loose-contact transmitter” because it was composed of two electrical contacts separated by a thin layer of carbon. Thomas Edison claimed that the patent should be his and a legal challenge ensued that ruled in Edison’s favour. In fact neither of them could claim credit as the ‘carbon button mic’ had been know and demonstrated for some time before either had claimed it.
1927 Carbon Microphone is an amplifier
Wiki: Carbon microphones can be used as amplifiers. This capability was used in early telephone repeaters, making long distance phone calls possible in the era before vacuum tube amplifiers. In these repeaters, a magnetic telephone receiver (an electrical-to-mechanical transducer) was mechanically coupled to a carbon microphone. Because a carbon microphone works by varying a current passed through it, instead of generating a signal voltage as with most other microphone types, this arrangement could be used to boost weak signals and send them down the line. These amplifiers were mostly abandoned with the development of vacuum tubes, which offered higher gain and better sound quality. Even after vacuum tubes were in common use, carbon amplifiers continued to be used during the 1930s in portable audio equipment such as hearing aids. The Western Electric 65A carbon amplifier was 1.2″ in diameter and 0.4″ high and weighed less than 1.4 ounces. Such carbon amplifiers did not require the heavy bulky batteries and power supplies used by vacuum tube amplifiers. By the 1950s, carbon amplifiers for hearing aids had been replaced by miniature vacuum tubes (only to be shortly replaced by transistors). However, carbon amplifiers are still being produced and sold.
David Edward Hughes
The microphone is also a coherer (wireless detector)
In 1879 David Hughes, like many others, was experimenting using a Bell telephone (that had a carbon button microphone) He found that although there was no connection between the two, it was reacting to another piece of equipment that was sparking. He was listening to the sparks via radio waves, or wireless as it came to be known. Hughes seems to have come across the phenomenon of radio waves nine years before they were proven to exist by Heinrich Hertz in 1888.
Anyone with a smattering of radio knowledge will know that radio frequency signals cannot be heard through an electromagnetic (dynamic) earphone or speaker alone. It’s a type of earphone and loud-speaker used up-until the present day. All that is heard is a hum, but here was Hughes listening to sparks. A coherer (See below) was normally required to make the sound audible to the earphone or loud speaker. It transpired that Hughes was listening through a Bell telephone that had a carbon microphone and an electromagnetic earphone. The carbon mic was acting as if it were a coherer although such things were not understood at the time.
Hughes built a clockwork driven spark gap transmitter and a modified version of his Bell telephone microphone built into a portable receiver, in order to continue his experiments. He would leave his transmitter running some Morse code-like sounds and walk around London with his portable receiver – the first radio transmissions.
He may even have been mistakenly one of the cell phone time travellers photographed in 1879 and reproduced on YouTube? Time Travel? Woman Talking on Cell Phone in Charlie Chaplin Movie
The Royal Society waves-away pre-hertzian radio wave detection
Wiki: On February 20, 1880 he (Hughes) demonstrated his technology to representatives of the Royal Society including Thomas Henry Huxley, Sir George Gabriel Stokes, and William Spottiswoode, then president of the Society. Stokes was convinced the phenomenon Hughes was demonstrating was merely electromagnetic induction, not a type of transmission through the air.
Hughes was not a physicist and seems to have accepted Stokes observations and did not pursue the experiments any further. A connection with Hughes phenomenon and radio waves seems to show up 4 years after Heinrich Hertz’s 1888 proof of their existence when Sir William Crookes mentioned in his 1892 Fortnightly Review article on Some Possibilities of Electricity that he had already participated in “wireless telegraphy” by an “identical means” to Hertz, a statement showing Crookes was probably another attendee at Hughes’ demonstration. (There was likely more than one demonstration)
Hughes’ discovery that his devices, based on a loose contact between a carbon rod and two carbon blocks as well as the metallic granules in a microphone that exhibited unusual properties in the presence of sparks generated in a nearby apparatus, may have anticipated later devices known as coherers.
(Note: The phenomenon on which the coherer is based was discovered around the mid 1800’s by a number of investigators independently prior to Hughes but not for wireless detection – this makes Hughes the discoverer of the wireless coherer.)
Wiki contradicts itself:
Alternate version from Hughes’ notebooks: Mr Spottiswoode, President of the Royal Society, Professor Stokes and Prof Huxley, visited me today at half past three p.m. and remained until quarter to 6 p.m., in order to witness my experiments with the Extra Current Thermopile, etc. The experiments were quite successful, and at first they were astonished at the results, but at 5 p.m. Prof Stokes commenced maintaining that the results were not due to conduction but to induction, and that results were then not so remarkable, as he could imagine rapid changes of electric tension by induction…
Note: Wiki: Sir George Gabriel Stokes, 1st Baronet, PRS 1819 – 1903), was an Irish physicist and mathematician.
Awards from the Royal Society: he became a fellow in 1851, he received the Rumford Medal in 1852 in recognition of his inquiries into the wavelength of light, and later, in 1893, the Copley Medal. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sir_George_Stokes,_1st_Baronet
Electromagnetic induction only works when conductors are in close proximity, like the windings of a transformer. George Stokes should have known better as such things were common knowledge among physicists at the time. Are we to believe he knew nothing of the work of Michael Faraday also FRS (1791 – 1867)?
Two years after the death of Davy, in 1831, he (Faraday) began his great series of experiments in which he discovered electromagnetic induction, recording in his laboratory diary on 28 October 1831 he was; “making many experiments with the great magnet of the Royal Society”.
In 1833, Michael Faraday became the first Fullerian Professor of Chemistry at the Royal Institution of Great Britain, a position to which he was appointed for life without the obligation to deliver lectures.
(But George Stokes, physicist had never asked him to explain induction?)
Back to Hughes’ notebooks: Although I showed several experiments which pointed conclusively to its being conduction, he would not listen, but rather pooh-poohed all the results from that moment. This unpleasant discussion was then kept up by him, the others following suit, until they hardly paid any attention to the experiments, even to the one working through gaspipe in Portland Street to Langham Place on roof. They did not sincerely compliment me at the end on results, seeming all to be very much displeased because I would not give at once my Thermopile to the Royal Society so that others could make their results. I told them that when Prof Hughes made an instrument of research, it was for Prof Hughes’s researches and no one else.
They left very coldly and with none of the enthusiasm with which they commenced the experiments. I am sorry at these results of so much labour but cannot help it. (Geddes, from Hughes’s notebooks) Source: http://blogs.ucl.ac.uk/library-rnid/2013/05/03/the-hughes-microphone-and-a-telephone-for-the-deaf/
William Crookes may or may not have been present at the demonstration as inferred by Wiki, there would have likely been more than one, but why single him out? Crookes, a major pioneer of particle physics, radioactivity and much else, is unpopular with modern science due to his involvement in the paranormal and his not being an academic physicist – he was a chemist. But it was in fact Crookes who brought Hughes’ name to the fore because of his discovery of the first wireless transmissions. In a speech before the Royal Academy in England, William Crookes commented upon electromagnetic waves: “Here is unfolded to us a new and astonishing world, one which is hard to conceive should contain no possibilities of transmitting and receiving intelligence.”
The Royal Society waved-away the discovery of not only the (unknown at the time) coherer wireless detector, (crucial to early wireless) but also carbon microphone coherence and delayed the benefits of radio transmissions for a decade. Nothing new there, they do the same thing today. But we have to remember folks, that these were the Royal Society, the creme de la creme of the scientific dairy – the best that science had to offer… blind to discovery!
Most people get this wrong; the vast majority of scientists do not invent, what they do best is to tell the rest of us what cannot be done (theoretically), just as they did with Hughes; they debunk. My own research shows that most of the important discoveries are by lone individuals like Hughes. It has been admitted by honest scientists that new ideas occur to them rarely if ever. Ironically the reason for this is ‘scientific induction’ – the notion that all ideas are already contained within science and all the scientist has to do is find them. It’s a bit like trying to construct a new word with only a dictionary of known words as a guide, and then being told the new word is already in the dictionary. ‘Everything science does has to correspond with everything science has done’.
Wiki: The basis for the operation of the coherer is that metal particles cohere (cling together) and conduct electricity much better after being subjected to radio frequency electricity. The radio signal from the antenna was applied directly across the coherer’s electrodes. When the radio signal from a “dot” or “dash” came in, the coherer would become conductive. (This is not strictly true but it will do for now)
Wiki: In 1879 the Welsh scientist David Edward Hughes found that loose contacts between a carbon rod and two carbon blocks as well as the metallic granules in a microphone he was developing responded to sparks generated in a nearby apparatus. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coherer#History
The credit for the coherer invention is usually given to Frenchman Edouard Branly, but he only confirmed the the observations made previously by Hughes.
Below we have some comments from ‘Wiki Coherer’ The coherer is doing various different operations here although Wiki has nothing to say about that:
Wiki Coherer History- First use:
The idea that particles could react to electricity was used in English engineer Samuel Alfred Varley’s 1866 lightning bridge, a lightning arrester attached to telegraph lines consisting of a piece of wood with two metal spikes extending into a chamber. The space was filled with powdered carbon that would not allow the low voltage telegraph signals to pass through but it would conduct and ground a high voltage lightning strike.
Lightening is a spark, bigger but the same as in Hughes experiments.
Wiki Coherer Operation:
The basis for the operation of the coherer is that metal particles cohere (cling together) and conduct electricity much better after being subjected to radio frequency electricity. The radio signal from the antenna was applied directly across the coherer’s electrodes. (Some coherers did not use metal particles)
In the circuit below the coherer seems to be driven (biased) by a low voltage battery.
Definition of a coherer
merriam-webster.com: Coherer: a radio detector in which an imperfectly conducting contact between pieces of conductive material loosely resting against each other is materially improved in conductance by the passage of high-frequency current.
(Again we see that the coherer of choice is the one with metal particles, because other coherers cannot be explained away.)
The coherer changes to low resistivity when there is a high voltage or a radio frequency signal… or a low voltage?
No one has ever adequately explained how the coherer detects (demodulates) a radio signal.
Some documents and video’s – Coherer
Coherersa_review_TOC_Fixed The coherer is a MOM diode or MIM transistor and, by only a slightly more circuitous route, it appeared as the forerunner to the STM (Scanning Tunneling Microscope).
This one is the most interesting as it suggests other theories and applications of the coherer without the usual pseudo-theorising.
The Coherer This is a video that demonstrates how a coherer works but fails to say why it works. All the demonstrations show that the coherer conducts a DC current when a high frequency current is introduced. They do not explain is how a modulated low frequency audio signal is extracted from a high frequency (radio frequency) signal.
In this video from the Edison Tech Center the guy is quite confident that he knows how it all works. But Hughes tells us that he used his carbon microphone (above) and he also used beads of carbon as detectors and so this rules-out a magnetic process as suggested.
This video demonstrates that the Coherer is the elusive Memristor?
Wiki: Memristor Nothing is new, it’s a coherer
The Spark-gap another early loose contact device
A spark gap, another loose contact device, was used on the original wireless transmitters by Hughes and by Marconi as we see above and by Hertz who got all the credit, and a host of other names. A spark gap is a disruptive discharge device that like a switch causes voltage spikes that are considered to be a nuisance by today’s engineers – electrical interference. Spark gaps are now mainly used as safety devices and few are aware of their usefulness in the past. I had to scour the web to find an engineer who admits to the voltage surge effect caused by switching:
Divyang Singhal, electrical engineer writing on Quora
Answered Mar 22 2016 · Author has 334 answers and 717.5k answer views
As the name suggests, switching means the sudden interruption in any circuit and surges means the over-current spikes that are caused in the circuit.
Combined together, switching surges are the over-current/over-voltage spikes that are experienced in the highly inductive circuits at the time of sudden interruption I.e. switching period.
As the magnetic field about the inductive conductor collapses, a brief very high voltage can be generated at that point. These switching surges can be highly dangerous for the electrical system and thus require proper control and protection devices.https://www.quora.com/What-is-switching-surges
It was this “nuisance” that alerted Hughes to the existence of radio transmissions. The disruption of electric current by the spark gap and subsequent oscillations enabled modulated electromagnetic radiation from the original circuit and led to wireless telegraphy.
Semiconductors – Crystal Detectors and audio reception
Crystal Detectors were found to be more reliable than the coherer but were even more mysterious
Karl Ferdinand Braun, among others, was looking for discrepancies and proofs of Ohm’s law when he noticed that the law did not apply to crystals. They had variable resistance depending on where on the crystal he applied a point contact. According to Wiki: The “asymmetric conduction” of crystals was discovered in 1874 by Karl Ferdinand Braun https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crystal_detector_%28radio%29
Although the invention of the crystal detector is often attributed to Braun, it was left to others to discover that it could be used for wireless and later audio radio signal detection and Braun was therefore only responsible for “asymmetric conduction of crystals” and not for their use in wireless/radio detection. Braun seems to have been someone uninterested in discovery although greatness was thrust upon him by subsequent historians and a Nobel prize he said should have gone to Marconi alone. See Wireless/Radio Skulduggery
The first reported uses of a crystal detector was by an Indian professor of Physics at Presidency College in Calcutta named Jagadis Chandra Bose. He demonstrated the use of a diode using galena (lead sulphide) crystals and a metal point contact. He filed a U.S patent for a point-contact semiconductor rectifier for detecting radio signals in 1901...
… Ferdinand Braun patented his own detector on 18 February 1906.
The basic set-up of the day was a crystal of choice placed in a brass cup (connection) and a cat’s whisker (thin wire) on the end of a lockable swivel cantilever, to lightly touch the top side of the crystal. It was eventually found possible to discard the crystal and achieve detection by touching the brass cup alone: of such are the mysteries of early signal detection. Again we have a loosely contacting device that does strange things.
The coherer is not a rectifier – The crystal detector is a rectifier
Wiki: The temperamental, unreliable action of the crystal detector was a barrier to its acceptance as a standard component in commercial radio equipment and was one reason for its rapid replacement by vacuum tubes after 1920. Frederick Seitz, a later semiconductor researcher, wrote: “Such variability, bordering on what seemed the mystical, plagued the early history of crystal detectors and caused many of the vacuum tube experts of a later generation to regard the art of crystal rectification as being close to disreputable.”
It seems it was the work of Bell lab’s engineer Russell Ohl in the 1940’s that led to the refinement of crystals that would enable the mass manufacture of stable diodes for wartime radar equipment. A process that was later to be crucial in the development and manufacture of Bell lab’s transistors. See also: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russell_Ohl
Electrical Engineering Stack Exchange – what does the rectifier do in a crystal radio?
The following website is a forum and the reader can judge from the answers given that the problem of how a crystal detector works is not going away any time soon:
“Electrical Engineering Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for electronics and electrical engineering professionals, students, and enthusiasts.
Anybody can ask a question Anybody can answer The best answers are voted up and rise to the top”
After reading the Stack Exchange answers above I recalled, many years ago, actually doing the experiment myself. I found it is possible to receive audible radio signals with a pair of dynamic headphones, a crystal detector, an antenna and an earth connection – nothing more – no other components, no filters. And so I would suggest that most of the answers given at Stack Exchange are wrong and made wrong by incorrect information being taught at student level. We find that Hughes also heard an audible signal with nothing but a carbon mic and a dynamic earphone… no filters.
Envelope Detector (Crystal Detector)
Wiki tries to explain: An envelope detector can be used to demodulate a previously modulated signal by removing all high frequency components of the signal. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Envelope_detector#Demodulation_of_signals
We are told that the envelope (in red) is what the crystal detector detects. But it does not exist in any realistic sense – it’s just a drawn red line that ‘represents the modulation of a high frequency signal’. If the high frequency component is removed, as we are told, there is nothing left, nowhere to draw a red line.
Further, what happens when a coherer is used? If there is no rectification as with the crystal detector the red line would be both top and bottom cancelling itself out? The crystal detector and the coherer are doing the same job but not working in the same way. So how does this work?
It would be well to remind the reader at this point that originally it was a spark gap that created the modulated signal that was demodulated by the coherer. Is it not logical to suppose that the crystal detector and the devices that succeeded it are somehow doing the same thing?
Wiki: “…the vacuum tube experts of a later generation to regard the art of crystal rectification as being close to disreputable”
They didn’t know how their own vacuum tubes worked, something that persists to this day. See my page: Electron particles
There are theoretical and logical problems…
No one has ever been able to explain how or why the crystal detector works.
Vacuum Tubes or valves UK
Transistors are a development of crystal detectors
If we don’t know how the crystal detector works, then how are we to explain how the transistor works as it was a development of the crystal detector?
computerhistory.org: The work of Ohl and Scaff led to a giant leap forward in semiconductor material technology as silicon and germanium diodes were deployed for the war effort. Researchers in Great Britain and the United States developed techniques to purify both elements and “dope” them with selected impurities to obtain the desired characteristics. Countless microwave frequency diodes were fabricated for use in Allied radar receivers. Semiconductor material quality improvements flowing from this work enabled the fabrication of the first transistor at Bell Labs in 1947. http://www.computerhistory.org/atchm/who-invented-the-diode/
John Bardeen, Walter Brattain and William Shockley
(Bardeen and Brattain’s) final design of a point-contact transistor had two gold contacts lightly touching a germanium crystal that was on a metal plate connected to a voltage source. Also known as the “little plastic triangle,” it became the first working solid-state amplifier.
(They) demonstrated the transistor device to Bell Lab officials Dec. 23, 1947. Shockley was reported to have called it “a magnificent Christmas present.” But Shockley himself was not present when it happened and was said to be bitter over losing out on that day. He had his revenge, though. Shockley continued to work on the idea and refine it. In early 1948, he came up with the bipolar or junction transistor, a superior device that took over from the point-contact type.
Bell Labs publicly announced the first transistor at a press conference in New York on June 30, 1948. https://www.wired.com/2009/12/1223shockley-bardeen-brattain-transistor/
Using improved semiconductor materials developed (by Russel Ohl) for radar detectors during the war, in early 1945 Shockley experimented with a field-effect amplifier, similar in concept to those patented by Heil and Lilienfeld, but it failed to work as he intended.
In 1981 the semiconductor physicist H. E. Stockman said “Lilienfeld (who had a transistor in 1926) demonstrated his remarkable tubeless radio receiver on many occasions, but God help a fellow who at that time threatened the reign of the tube.” See Bell Labs Memorial: ‘Who really invented the transistor?’, starting at “Oscillating Crystals”:
Bell Labs Memorial: Who really invented the Transistor? is here:
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DO you believe that Shockley’s decision in 1945 or 46 to focus on silicon and germanium derived directly from his earlier conversations with you in Holmdel?
I think it had a great deal to do with it. The discovery of the NP junction was a new discovery and they hadn’t known about that. That, as I pointed out, was the breakthrough in solid state physics that they were looking for and hadn’t found. Nobody had found that and that was really a great breakthrough. That was a landmark in solid state physics. And of course they say that was accidental, but the discovery of the transistor effect was just as accidental. Brattain wasn’t looking for it. Very often all great discoveries come that way. They are not a matter of great genius, but they happen because the person who finds them is trained in that sort of work and he recognizes it. They are made that way.
Ohl, Bardeen, Brattain and Shockley had Lilienfeld’s 1930’s transistor patent to work from.
Note the + connection to what seems to be a crack in the crystal. The same thing is noted by Bell Labs engineer Russell Ohl but he fails to mention Lilienfeld. The crack is the PN junction?
The crystal had a crack down the middle. Ohl was examining how much current flowed through one side of the crack versus the other, when he noticed something peculiar. The amount of current changed when the crystal was held over a bowl of water. And a hot soldering iron. And an incandescent lamp on the desk in the room.
By early afternoon, Ohl realized that it was in fact light shining on the crystal that caused this small current to begin trickling through it. On March 6, he showed his prize silicon rod to Mervin Kelly. Kelly quickly called Walter Brattain and Joseph Becker to the scene.
Ohl had his coal-black crystal attached to a voltmeter in front of him. He turned on a flashlight, aimed it at the silicon, and the voltage instantly jumped up to half a volt. This was ten times anything Brattain had ever seen before. He was stunned, but not too stunned to produce an off-the-cuff explanation. The electrical current must be due to some barrier being formed right at the crack in the crystal.
Lilienfeld left clear instructions to Bell lab’s on transistor design and construction, it had nothing to do with quantum physics.
Above is another loose contact device, the Robert Adams Crystal Amplifier of 1933, a transistor based upon the cat-whisker principle all-but identical to the the Bell lab’s original point contact device. Adams said he did not patent the device because the idea was widely known at the time. Adams was the founder of the New Zealand section of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers IEEE. In spite of this Wiki has removed his page and linked his name to the Wiki page ‘Perpetual motion’ due to his high efficiency Adams Motor that has been built and witnessed working by scores of people including the author. See my page on ‘Free energy: Wiki lies’ that is opposed to perpetual motion which is impossible.
Nikola Tesla recorded visible haloes and physical sensations of radiation on his skin from the coil marked ‘Secondary Winding’. The coil was energised with only one connection as shown above. This is not a loosely coupled device but illustrates missing knowledge in mainstream theory.
Yet another loosely coupled electrical device:
Dr. Deborah Chung’s Negative Resistor
Dr. Deborah D. L. Chung, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at University at Buffalo (UB), is the leading “smart materials” scientist in this country, and a scientist of international reputation. She holds the Niagara Mohawk Chair in Materials Research at UB and is internationally recognized for her work in smart materials and carbon composites. On July 9, 1998 in a keynote address at the Fifth International Conference on Composites Engineering in Las Vegas, she reported having observed apparent negative resistance in interfaces between layers of carbon fibers in a composite material. The negative resistance was observed in a direction perpendicular to the fibre layers.
Her team tested the negative resistance effect thoroughly, for a year in the laboratory. There is no question at all about it being a true negative resistor. Dr. Chung submitted a paper describing the research to a peer-reviewed journal, and the University filed a patent application. Several negative articles appeared quickly in the popular scientific press. Conventional scientists were quickly quoted as proclaiming that negative resistance was against the laws of physics and thermodynamics. Others thought perhaps the UB researchers had made a little battery and were unaware of it.
On the web site for the University of Buffalo, it was announced that the invention would be offered for commercial licensing. A Technical Data Package was available for major companies interested in licensing and signing the proper non-disclosure agreements. Shortly thereafter this was no longer true, the data package was no longer available, and there was an indefinite hold on licensing and commercialization. It is still on hold as of this writing.
See my other page on Chung: https://nextexx.com/forbidden-science-negative-resistor/
What we have is the history of devices that appear to operate on the loose contact principle, starting with the coherer and culminating with the cracked crystal of Lilienfeld, leading to the modern transistor. My own take on these technologies is that they are loose contact micro-sparking devices that change electricity into other forms of energy, like a transformer converts electricity into magnetism and back to electricity.
Does electricity have it’s own spectrum range within the electromagnetic spectrum?
Loose contact technology is full of questions that are begging for answers. Modern theory fails to adequately explain any of the above and so it can only be assumed that academics conjure theories out of the air.
The strange thing is, having almost completed this page I came across the link below, by a budding academic, that confirmed everything I had written! It’s a bit long-winded but it’s all there and more if anyone wants to read it…
I’m not sure that this one is connected to loose contact devices, but you never know – an interesting read though:
Spontaneous Growth of Metal Whiskers on Surfaces of Solids: A
For those who think they need to be a physicist to construct a transistor:-
See also my page: https://nextexx.com/undeserved-nobel-prizes-transistor/
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