Electrolytic detector

1903

Electrolytic detector

The book of science

Tom Sharp

Reginald Fessenden electromagnetism

Electrolytic detector

How it works

Not to put too fine a point on it

Other people such as Michael I. Pupin, W. Schloemilch, and Hugo Gernsback have also been given credit for the discovery of this device; however, Reginald Fessenden, who was also responsible for the development of AM radio, was the first to put it to use. The electrolytic detector was sometimes called the Schlömilch cell, the Ferrié cell, or the Fessenden cell.

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