Need to test for nuclear fallout? Geiger tubes are the sensing elements of Geiger counters, which are used to measure ionizing radiation. This tube is made of a thin-walled stainless steel and is filled with a mixture of Neon and Halogen gases at low-pressure.
You’ll need a large voltage to get the Geiger tube to going - 325VDC minimum, 500VDC recommended. If ionizing radiation passes through the tube, short pulses of current will flow from the negative electrode to the positive electrode to be measured or counted. Check out the datasheet below for an application circuit.
This is the same tube used on our Geiger Counter development board.
This product is controlled for export by the United States. Sending it to other countries may still be possible, but will require additional information prior to shipment.
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I used this tube with radiation monitor electronics from Ukraine (Arduino and LCD shield plus voltage source). Made a 3d printed enclosure for the tube and electronics. Works great, detects lots of Alpha radiation from an old Coleman lantern mantle. Also registers other stronger types of radiation through the sides of the tube. In everyday use, probably just keep the red vinyl cap on unless looking for Alpha radiation. The mica window is not clear as in some other tubes, this one has an Aquadag like coating.