Also referred to as A-SE-100.
The C-BNC-SE is a stimulating electrode assembly that can be placed on
a nerve that is still located within the experimental animal.
The probe, with its two silver wire electrodes, is held on the nerve by
a soft plastic sleeve that presses the nerve against
the electrodes for improved conductivity. This type of
electrode allows studies involving nerves and muscles to be conducted
on sensitive tissue without the need for traumatic removal
of the tissue from the specimen
How It Works
The C-BNC-SE sleeve electrode assembly has two main
components. An electrode assembly with a two silver
electrodes that ring either end of the probe; and a sleeve that is
placed around the nerve to hold the electrodes against the nerve when
the sleeve is slid over the electrodes. The stimulating
current easily flows from the electrode connected to the positive
stimulator output to the electrode connected to the negative stimulator
output. When the current flowing between the electrodes is
high enough to raise the membrane potential of an axon above its
threshold voltage, the axon will develop an action potential.
Ultimately, the action potential moves down the axon and causes the
release of neurotransmitter that causes a change in the membrane
potential of the muscle cell on the other side of the synapse and a
muscle fiber contraction. Put together a group of axons stimulated
through the A-SE-100 at the same time, and more muscle fibers contract
to create a larger muscle contraction.