The coefficients of diffusion of alkali salts in the Bunsen flame have been determined by a photographic method which is a modification of the method used by H. A. Wilson. The values of the diffusion coefficients obtained for sodium, potassium, and caesium salts are roughly proportional to the reciprocals of the atomic weights of the metals. This is what we should expect from kinetic theory, if we consider the luminosity to be due to free metal atoms in the flame. Lithium salts, however, are found to have a lower coefficient of diffusion than sodium salts, and hence their metal atoms are probably free only a part of the time the vapor is in the flame.
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Davis, George E.
"Coefficients of Diffusion of Salt Vapors in the Bunsen Flame,"
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science, 29(1), 156-156.
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