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any one of the alternating light and dark bands occurring in the positive column of a vacuum tube during electric discharge through a gas. In some cases, the striations are static; in others they move rapidly, usually from the anode to the cathode. The bright and sharp side of each striation faces the cathode. The brightness of the striation, as a rule, diminishes in the direction of the anode. According to recent concepts, the electric field intensity and the temperature and concentration of electrons are great in the head of the striation (from the cathode side). As the electrons move in the process of diffusion from the head of the striation toward the anode, their concentration and temperature fall off to the point where ionization ceases. There is then a new jump in electric potential, and a new striation is formed.
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