Marvin sunshine recorder


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Marvin sunshine recorder

[′mär·vən ′sən‚shīn ri‚kȯrd·ər]
(engineering)
A sunshine recorder in which the time scale is supplied by a chronograph, and consisting of two bulbs (one of which is blackened) that communicate through a glass tube of small diameter, which is partially filled with mercury and contains two electrical contacts; when the instrument is exposed to sunshine, the air in the blackened bulb is warmed more than that in the clear bulb; the warmed air expands and forces the mercury through the connecting tube to a point where the electrical contacts are shorted by the mercury; this completes the electrical circuit to the pen on the chronograph.