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Re: Odd effect noticed
Original poster: "Terry Fritz" <twftesla-at-qwest-dot-net>
I would guess that the coil imparted static charge on and near the coil and
you saw it draining off with he tube. Perhaps that electrete effect was
also at work.
At 02:21 AM 7/27/2001 +0100, you wrote:
>I had a friend drop by to see my coil earlier tonite and he had a
>double helix neon tube with him that I placed on top of the toroid
>to see what would happen when I fired the coil.
>As expected, the tube lit up quite brightly and a terrific pair of
>streamers emitted from the electrodes at the ends of the tube, a
>rather spectacular light show! Upon shutting down, we both noticed
>that the bulb continued to glow, albeit at a much reduced brightness,
>for about ten or more seconds. During that time, the bulb actually
>pulsed in brightness with a rate of about one pulse per second.
>The air in my shop was quite dry and cool at the time, and I thought
>that this pulsing might be the result of a residual charge on the
>toroid and secondary bleeding off, but why at such a low rate?
>Any ideas from you guru's as to what was going on there?
>73, Weazle, VE3EAR/VE3WZL
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