effect on the sensor's conductivity. Frustrated,Jaeger lit a cigarette
and was soon surprised tonotice that a meter on the instrument hadregistered a drop in current. Smoke particles hadapparently done what poison gas could not.Jaeger's experiment was one of the advances thatpaved the way for the modern smoke detector.It was 30 years, however, before progress innuclear chemistry and solid-state electronicsmade a cheap sensor possible. While homesmoke detectors were available during most of the 1960s, the price of these devices was ratherhigh. Before that, alarms were so expensive thatonly major businesses and theaters could affordthem.