Some of the characteristic properties of anode rays are:
- Anode rays consist of material particles.
- Anode rays are deflected by electric field towards negatively charged plate. This indicates that they are positively charged.
- The charge to mass ratio of the particles in the anode rays was determined by W. Wien by using Thomsons technique. Charge to mass ratio of the particles in the anode rays depends upon nature of the gas taken in the discharged tube.
- They travel in straight line.