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Spark Leader? was Re: Can I touch my Tesla ?
Hi Malcolm, All,
In lightning storms (you aught to be plenty familiar with) the charged cloud
builds and draws leaders from objects (trees, poles, golf clubs, etc.). Have
you ever seen a spark leader coming from objects to a TC? It would be
interesting to see a photo of a TC spark leader. Anyone ever captured one on
film? I would expect these to exist even for our coils.
Tesla list wrote:
> Original poster: "Malcolm Watts" <M.J.Watts-at-massey.ac.nz>
> Hi Chris,
> On 25 Jul 00, at 12:01, Tesla list wrote:
> > Original poster: "Christopher Boden" <chrisboden-at-hotmail-dot-com>
> > Watch closely (preferably in total darkness) and you will see
> > streamers eminateing FROM the tips of the tree if it's close
> > enough.
> > Could someone explain this phenomena? It happens with held objects as well.
> The obvious question is why shouldn't it happen? There is a
> strong electric field in the vicinity which induces opposite
> charge on surrounding objects and the concentration of charge
> on those objects will be at the most pointed parts (for want
> of better wording). This is observed routinely in
> thunderstorms. Obviously the induction is AC in the case of a
> Tesla Coil but the situation is otherwise similar. I see this
> all the time when running coils. As a streamer from the coil
> approaches one of these points the emission from the point
> will increase which wil encourage the TC streamer to connect
> with the object.