Home nebulisers can affect the colour of domestic gas flames

O'Driscoll, B. R.; Downes, C.; Neill, J.
December 2005
Thorax;Dec2005, Vol. 60 Issue 12, p1068
Academic Journal
The article reports that home nebulisers can affect the color of domestic gas flames. A number of home nebuliser users in Salford, England, have reported that they have consistently observed a yellow or orange color in the flame of gas fires or gas cooking hobs if a nebuliser was used in the same room as the gas burning device. The orange color is due to the emission of light of a characteristic wavelength during the combustion of sodium which is a constituent of saline. The nebuliser creates a fine mist of saline droplets in the room air. This principle is used in the scientific technique of flame photometry or flame atomic emission spectrometry.


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