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Making and Using a Faraday Cage

Even the best amplifiers in the world (and ours is not) can be susceptible to electromagnetic noise. You've got your killer experiment designed, your preparation and electrode in place, but BLAST! where is that infernal noise coming from that's drowning out your spikes? You can thank Nikola Tesla for your electrical noise, but, have no fear, Michael Faraday has come to your rescue! Below is a video explaining a very simple way to shield your SpikerBox from spurious noise.

The physics behind the function of the Faraday Cage is quite intriguing, and stay tuned as we work on a full experimental write-up for you to begin understanding how this all works!

One can also use an old metal box after eating all the cookies from it. Instead of a using double alligator cable to clip the reference to your Faraday cage, you can make your probe cable consist of three wires. Two usual electrodes (reference + recording electrode) + one extra reference with alligator clip that you connect to the metal cookie box.

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