Re: A Puzzle
From: Richard Wayne Wall[SMTP:rwall-at-ix-dot-netcom-dot-com]
Sent: Friday, September 05, 1997 3:56 PM
To: Tesla List
Subject: Re: A Puzzle
"A TC at its's first voltage peak may have NO current flowing into the
toroid from the resonator."
Excellent! Now, a little progress is being made. Parenthetically, NO
current flows with subsequent voltage peaks either. The top
termination is charged only with electrostatic energy by these peak
voltages. These quarter wave resonate coils are hybrid electrical
translators. They convert EM energy to ES energy. And, only
electrostatic electrical energy charges the top termination. It is
repetitive intense electrostatic fields that successively ionize gases
in the spark channel. Contrary to popular opinion, "current levels
required to support streamer growth are in the multi-ampere range" are
not required to form the ionization channel. In fact, current, per se,
does not cause ionization. This is an outmoded EM concept. Ionization
of ambient gases around a TC is due to electrostatic energy.
As others on the list have pointed out, there are environmental factors
outside and adjacent to the TC which influence spark formation. These
factors regulate formation of the ion channel. Electrostatic
ionization of air molecules produces energetic charged particles and
electrons which constitute the ion cloud. Once formed, these charged
particles may move under the influence of electrostatic fields.
Current is produced only by movement of charged mass particles. This
is a very important EM concept. These currents are usually local and
are in response to movement of charged masses due to local
electrostatic gradients. It's a mistake to believe these ion induced
currents are constantly moving back and forth and exchanged with the
resonator. Nor, do these secondary currents in the spark channel beget
ionization and formation of the discharge channel.