Royal Raymond Rife pictured here with the Rife
Universal Microscope... one of his greatest
The Rife Beam tube was most probably the greatest
contribution to the field of oncology, and as expected
was completely ignored by the medical community as a
whole. Rife was not a quack, he was an accomplished
scientist who practiced both as a physician and
researcher. Single-handedly, Rife discovered the basic
true nature of cancer and eventually arrived at a cure.
Rife began his research looking for some type of
underlying cause of the carcinomas and sarcomas plaguing
both his generation and ours. To aid him in is quest, he
developed many laboratory instruments, such as the Rife
microscope, that have yet to be equaled... even today.
The closest device available to the modern researcher
today is the electron microscope. However, the electron
microscope will not image a live virus as the Rife model
As with many great inventors, Rife found himself
persecuted and he died a broken man, leaving behind the
legacy of his great accomplishments for future
generations to rediscover.
The Rife Microscope
Rife began his research looking for an underlying cause
for cancer. He postulated that certain types of virus
were pleomorphic, that is to say they possessed the
ability to change form. Further, he postulated that the
virus in question were constructed in ways resembling
crystalline lattice, and in certain states were
susceptible to mechanical or electrical vibrations.
These virus emanated frequencies near or at their own
internal resonant frequencies and therefore he concluded
that a suitable device could be constructed to identify
these insidious carcinogens.
The first step was to image the living virus in some way
that allowed a magnification great enough and resolution
clear enough that a human eye could perceive the very
mechanisms that were the wheelworks of the cancer
process. As the reader might recall, the problem with
normal light optics in magnifying microscopes is that
the wavelength of the source light prohibits the imaging
of items that have a diameter that is smaller. You
simply cannot image an object that is smaller than the
source lights wavelength! But by resonating cells to the
point that they became the light source, Rife was able
to construct one his greatest inventions... the Rife
Universal Microscope... a microscope that allowed
optical imaging of living things as small as a virus
while they were active and “alive”. He discovered things
never before seen by a human being.
Using samples from living tumors, Rife was able to
identify various cancer causing virus and he was able to
learn to recognize their various forms as they changed
from one form to another. He noticed that each type of
virus had a unique frequency associated with it
evidenced by the color of the light that he saw through
the microscope. Rife was able to back calculate these
frequencies and identify what he later termed Mortal
The Rife Beam Tube
At this point, Rife was to make his single greatest
discovery (not counting the microscope). He constructed
a simple plasma discharge tube that generated a narrow
spectrum of light somewhere in the high visible-low UV
area. When he exposed the samples of the cancer-causing
virus to the light, nothing happened. This was the
control experiment. The light alone would not affect the
samples. Rife could verify this by looking through the
microscope after each exposure.
Rife then modulated the light from his tube with a
simple square wave oscillator. The oscillator was set to
the mortal oscillatory rate of the particular virus he
was trying to effect. When he exposed the sample to the
modulated light, I imagine even he was dumbfounded! The
crystalline structured virus were completely
obliterated. They were literally shattered to pieces by
the force of resonance. In addition, Rife found that
once destroyed, the virus lost their ability to cause
cancers and were inert. To destroy different carcinomas,
Rife simply changed the modulation frequency of the
He quickly discovered that he could shrink tumors with
this approach also!!! Imagine his excitement upon
uncovering one of the most significant discoveries of
the century. Rife continued to experiment with his
smaller tubes and made improvement after improvement
until arriving at the final design that was to become
his “treatment” device. Hundreds of people received
treatments from Rife and his amazing beam tube, the
success rate was phenomenal. The Rife Instrument WAS a
cure for Cancer!!
Not sold ANYWHERE!
So, here we are in 2003, and there are no Rife Beam
Tubes to be found! Sure, you can buy a Rife generator,
half a dozen companies produce them in one form or
another. But, the beam tube, the true original device
created by Rife has not been produced or redeveloped to
this day to my knowledge.
Our intention is to re-create this amazing device, to
explore the theory of its operation, and bring the
technical specifications to light once again. Our aim is
to create the tools for the serious clinical researcher
to enable him/her to continue in Rife’s footsteps and
trod the path he illuminated. If the Rife generators
available commercially aren’t like the original design,
what was the original beam tube like?
To fully understand and appreciate the complex mechanics
of an electronic plasma discharge beam tube, we must
first take a brief look into technical details of the
physical properties of these types of devices.
Four States of Matter
Truly in a state by itself, plasma is full of mystery.
The least prevalent state of matter on Earth, plasma is
the most abundant state of matter in outer space. Plasma
is an embodiment, readily observable, of both matter and
energy in symbiosis.
Plasma is used in many commercial and industrial
applications. Plasma discharge tubes and their
applications touch the lives of most of us every day
from neon signs to X-Rays in clinics and hospitals to
fluorescent lights and television. Before any coherent
discussion of this unique state of matter called plasma,
can be undertaken, we need to be familiar with a few
terms and concepts.
Matter exists in four states: solid, liquid, gaseous
and plasma. The fourth state of matter is plasma.
Most of the matter in the universe is plasma.
- ion ~ An ion is an atom or group
of atoms that is not electrically neutral but
instead carries a positive or negative charge.
Positive ions are formed when neutral atoms or
molecules lose valence electrons, Negative ions
are formed when neutral atoms or molecules gain
- valence electrons ~ These are
electrons in the outer shells of the atom, and
are also those which are generally more
susceptible to changes (such as removal and
addition) when acted upon by outside
- ionization potential ~ This refers
to the work required to remove a given electron
from its atomic orbit and place it at rest at an
infinite distance. The ionization
potential is measured in electron volts
1 eV = 23.053 calories.
This figure can be misleading as it is based on
a static potential measure for any given
- nonlinear ~ This means a one
to one relationship for input to
output does not follow. Another way
to describe nonlinear is elastic.
A good example of nonlinear, elastic plasma
behavior is “Negative Resistance”. A circuit
which displays negative resistance behavior
operates as follows:
As the voltage across the circuit increases,
the current across the circuit increases; but
then as the voltage is further increased, the
current flow becomes less!
This area of negative resistance is a
nonlinear property of a given
Liquids and gasses are collectively referred to as
fluids as both display the ability to flow from one
place to another. The distinction between fluids and
solids is not always clear. Certain materials exhibit a
property known as cold flow, appearing solid yet
changing shape and dimension over time. Advancing
glacier ice is an obvious solid exhibiting fluid
- Solids are characterized by
definite volumes and shapes that vary only
slightly with environmental changes, provided
they remain solid during those changes.
- Liquids, while possessed of
definite volumes, have no definite shape and
take on the shape of their container. Liquids
can exhibit certain gaseous properties as
certain liquids are more compressible than
- Gasses exhibit neither definite
shape nor definite volume: they expand to fit
large containers, may be compressed to fit
smaller containers, and escape from open
Now we are ready to address the generation and control
of certain types of plasma within plasma discharge
- Plasma is similar to gaseous matter
with a main difference being that plasma is
ionized. The constituents of plasma are
atoms or molecules that possess a negative or
positive charge. The behavior of plasma is
determined by the characteristics of the gas and by
the characteristics of the electric and magnetic
Plasma Discharge Tubes
A gas such as argon or neon or helium may changed into
plasma by several means:
- Heat the gas until it becomes ionized.
- Expose the gas to certain types of radiation
until ionization occurs.
- Expose the gas to nearly any type of radiation
at high enough levels and it will ionize.
- Expose the gas to high intensity electric or
- Apply an electric potential across the
One of the most convenient ways to ionize a gas is heat;
this is done every time a flame is created. A more
controlled method involves the use of electric and
The illustration below of a gas discharge tube shows
some of the major anomalies of a discharge tube operated
at low pressures with direct current. The balance of
this article will address such low pressure systems and
some aspects of their control. Higher pressure systems
generate considerable amounts of heat and complicates a
simple description of the phenomena.
Fluorescent tubes, used for lighting
purposes, are one of the most common low pressure
discharge tubes in use today. The fluorescent lamp is
filled with a low pressure mixture of inert or noble
gasses, sometimes amounts of other more reactive gasses,
and a small amount of metallic mercury. A voltage
sufficient to induce ionization and also high enough to
exceed the negative resistance region is applied for a
Gas Discharge Tube: This figure shows some of the
major anomalies of a discharge tube operated at low
pressures with direct current.
Prior to the excitation of the lamp, the gasses inside
the lamp are fairly good insulators. During excitation
the gasses ionize and then are able to conduct
electricity more readily. The mercury vapor aids in the
conduction and serves to emit light in the visible
range, in the long wave ultraviolet range and in the
short wave ultraviolet region. Some infrared is also
emitted. The combination of radiation is allowed to
strike light emitting materials (phosphors) on the
inside surface of the tube, emitting by design white or
The frequency of light emitted by fluorescent tubes is
determined by the gasses used, the nature and magnitude
of excitation current, and by the phosphors in the tube.
We credit Nikola Tesla for the primary development of
this style of lighting tube.
Luminous tubes employ a mixture of gasses
and sometimes mercury or other metals but no phosphors.
The luminous tube most familiar is neon lighting,
although other gasses are used to obtain different
colors. The luminous tube is a nonlinear system and is
affected by internal and external fields, both electric
The frequencies of light emitted by a luminous tube are
determined by the gasses used, their concentrations,
and by the nature and magnitude of the excitation
current and by the effects of magnetic and electric
fields. This type of lighting was widely used for
advertising and especially popular with breweries. It
is no accident that most neon sign manufacturers were
located in Milwaukee in the 1940’s.
Controlling Plasma Tubes
The myriad effects of fields external to low pressure
tubes with low to moderate power systems will only be
briefly addressed. The actual light frequencies emitted
by differing gasses and phosphors is tabulated in the
CRC Handbook of Physics and Chemical
Constants and other texts.
The tube is basically an insulator until a threshold
voltage is reached At this point the tube becomes a
conductor subject to its particular nonlinearities.
Once the threshold voltage is reached and the gas in the
tube is ionized, ionization continues at a reduced
voltage. As voltage is further reduced, ionization is no
longer supported and the tube is extinguished.
A tube can “ignite” or become conducting below
the threshold voltage by several types of external
and/or internal excitations. Brought to a critical
voltage level, a tube can “avalanche” or become
conducting with exceedingly small energy inputs. The
Geiger-Muller tube uses this principle to detect
Some of the critical breakover excitations include:
- Radiation of various wavelengths, generally the
shorter the wavelength the greater the
possibility of ignition.
- Brief voltage excursions, generally in the form
of a trigger pulse such as with a Xenon flash
- Heat in various forms
- Fields, both static and dynamic.
For the modulation of the gas tube (especially
nonlinear), special circuitry is required. The control
element is required to have several times the current
and voltage handling capability of the tube. As the tube
generally operates on a relatively high voltage, control
circuitry that may be affected by the electrostatic and
magnetic fields generated should be shielded.
The greatest linearity is obtained by the use of some
type of feedback loop or reverse non linear compensating
circuit. Should the tube be required to have a range
from zero emission to some nominal level, a pre
ionization and/or “keep alive” provision should be made.
To accomplish this function, a radioactive source or
emitter has been used and is still used for cold cathode
tubes. Generally, this has been an isotope of thorium.
Highly radioactive substances have been used as a pre
ionization by virtue that energetic particles released
produce an apparent “spontaneous” ionization.
Very high power lasers are energized by plasma producing
chemical reactions. On another scale, the Gissler tube
had no apparent input power and relied on static
electricity generated by metallic mercury rubbing
against the crenellated sides of the tube.
The foregoing has largely addressed the direct current
stimulation of tubes. Alternating current, throughout
and beyond the radio frequency spectrum can be employed
with profound secondary, tertiary and higher order
effects. Plasmas can be induced in the air at normal
pressures by this means capable of depositing atomic
metals on the most delicate of substances without
damage, or cutting through the toughest of armor with
An ORIGINAL Rife tube shown with remarkable clarity.
Note the electrode in the center.
Rife Beam Tube
In the book “The Cancer Cure that Worked!” a detailed
description of the original Beam Tube can be found. It
was really a straight forward device, simple to
construct, and operate. The essentials were as follows:
- The Beam Tube was constructed from a modified
Coolidge X-RAY tube. The tube was filled with a
mixture of noble gasses designed to create a narrow
spectrum of light in the near UV range.
- The Beam Tube was driven by a Radio Frequency
transmission source of approximately 100-500 Watts.
This transmitter was tuned to operate in the 28-35
Mhz band. The transmitter had provisions to be
modulated in a class C configuration (on or off) by
a square wave oscillator.
- A square wave oscillator generated the Mortal
Oscillatory Rates that keyed the transmitter on and
off. The transmitter in turn ignited the plasma
inside of the Coolidge tube which radiated the
Please note that the beam tube actually formed an RF plasma.
The plasma acted like a very special type of radio antenna.
In fact, no good studies exist that explore the radiation
characteristics of an RF plasma device.
The subject then was bathed in these emanations for short
periods of time every other day or every two days... and
most importantly, the device worked! It cured people who
were in advanced stages of the disease! Remember, Rife was
their last hope, he only worked with
terminally ill patients.
Proposed Rife Plasma Beam Tube consisting of
a plasma antenna using a small thin glass tube cut to
1/4 the wavelength of a RF transmitters resonant
frequency, and wound into a coil that is positioned
vertically and mounted to a suitable insulator, would
make efficient use of the rf supplied.
Reconstructing the Original Tube
Our research team has been studying the means by which a
Rife Beam tube might be reconstructed and perhaps made
to be more efficient. One of the principle concerns of
anyone using Radio Frequency (rf) energy is burning
effects. Much like the workings of a microwave oven, rf
energy can cause local heating in a subject. The
diathermy machine is based on this premise.
If a beam tube could be fabricated in such a way that a
more efficient use of the RF power was obtainable, it
would certainly make for a safer device. One way to
realize this type instrument, is to create a plasma
antenna using a small thin glass tube cut to 1/4 the
wavelength of a RF transmitters resonant frequency, and
wound into a coil that is positioned vertically and
mounted to a suitable insulator. The tube would be
closed at both ends and house two electrodes between
which, a plasma would be created and sustained.
The plasma would be created by a separate high voltage
source such as a neon sign transformer. At one end of
this antenna device, the output of the transmitter would
be coupled through a suitable impedance matching
network, so that the transmitter could be tuned properly
and the power would be transmitted to the load. The
transmitter would be keyed on and off by a modulator
that was controlled by an IBM PC.
The IBM PC would be responsible for generation the various
Mortal Oscillatory Rates necessary to make the machine
operate properly. The computer would be programmed to
function as the Rife square wave generator and would require
custom programming. In all, the unit could be fashioned into
a nice clinical package and could be engineered to be
robust, and flexible enough to allow for software
modifications that might greatly enhance
Proposed Rife Plasma Beam Tube would make use PC
technology to select and control the Mortal
Once this beam tube is developed, we feel that the door will
be open to a world of exploration and endless