In this paper we address the emergence of one of the most common instruments in 19th century physics laboratories, Melloni's optical bench, relying on the analysis of the most significant historical documents. This apparatus, devised in 1835 by Macedonio Melloni, a distinguished Italian physicist of that time, enabled the study of the properties of 'radiant heat', or thermal radiation as it was then called. This apparatus is present in a large number of physics cabinets of universities and secondary schools. In this paper, we plan to foster the educational use of this device, still relevant for the study of infrared radiation, both by university and secondary school students and by teachers and scholars.

The emergence of Melloni's optical bench

Leone, Matteo;Robotti, Nadia
2017

Abstract

In this paper we address the emergence of one of the most common instruments in 19th century physics laboratories, Melloni's optical bench, relying on the analysis of the most significant historical documents. This apparatus, devised in 1835 by Macedonio Melloni, a distinguished Italian physicist of that time, enabled the study of the properties of 'radiant heat', or thermal radiation as it was then called. This apparatus is present in a large number of physics cabinets of universities and secondary schools. In this paper, we plan to foster the educational use of this device, still relevant for the study of infrared radiation, both by university and secondary school students and by teachers and scholars.
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