from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A double salt of platinous cyanide and another cyanide.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of several salts containing the anion Pt(CN)42-
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A double cyanide of platinum and some other metal or radical; a salt of platinocyanic acid.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A salt of platinocyanic acid. Also called cyanoplatinite. The most important is barium platinocyanide, BaPt(CN)4.4H2O (which see, under barium).
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The best suggestion of how it came about it that he was investigating cathode rays with a fluorescent screen painted with barium platinocyanide and a Crookes tube wrapped in black cardboard so visible light from the tube wouldn't interfere.
In 1895, while experimenting with electric current flow in a partially evacuated glass tube (cathode-ray tube), Röntgen observed that a nearby piece of barium platinocyanide gave off light when the tube was in operation.
A sheet of paper coated with barium platinocyanide was fluorescing, even though it was shut off from the tube.
On the evening of November 8, 1895, he found that, if the discharge tube is enclosed in a sealed, thick black carton to exclude all light, and if he worked in a dark room, a paper plate covered on one side with barium platinocyanide placed in the path of the rays became fluorescent even when it was as far as two metres from the discharge tube.
With mercurous nitrate, the platinocyanide of potassium forms a thick smalt blue, and the platinidcyanide a dark blue precipitate.
A replica of the first X-ray tube Again, by experimenting with cathode rays, something new was discovered in the year 1895, the barium platinocyanide was glowing on his shelf.
Röntgen stumbled on X-rays by observing that when he operated a Crooke’s tube essentially a cathode-ray tube, a cardboard screen coated with barium platinocyanide several feet away subtly glowed.
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