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Re: Ball Lightning
Original poster: "R Heidlebaugh by way of Terry Fritz <twftesla-at-qwest-dot-net>" <rheidlebaugh-at-zialink-dot-com>
on 10/08/01 5:06 PM, Tesla list at tesla-at-pupman-dot-com wrote:
> Original poster: "Michael H Nolley by way of Terry Fritz
>> Corums cite Faradays Natural History of a Candle.
>> They speculated that Tesla's use of rubber insulated wire
>> led to 'seeding' effects, which helped towards Ball Lightning.
>> The BL field is still pretty wide open...
> There is quite a lot of interesting information on the web about
> theories and experiments. It seems that genuine ball lightning isn't as
> much affected
> by carbon seeding as by very specific magnetic and current conditions.
> Paul Koloc has
> done some pretty amazing research on ball-lightning-like plasmoids, and he
> transmission line techniques and a very specific field shaping coil and
> electrode to
> produce egg-sized plasmoids. His sites are at www.plasmak-dot-com and
> There was also some research done by Japanese scientists who connected
> ball lightning phenomena to electrolysis using platinides as electrodes
> (nickel, silver,
> platinum, palladium, etc.) Platinum was once used in a chemical
> interrupter called the
> Wenhelt interrupter--the book I read never specified how it worked. I
> speculate that in
> high current electrolysis the "Wenhelt" effect causes high rise-time
> current spikes
> which could be responsible for the ball-lightning effect observed. Sorry
> for the long
> off-topic post. Anyone who is interested in this subject can e-mail me
> with questions
> or comments.
Ihave no input on the subject, but I would like to experiment in the subject
if anyone has any useful information on ball lightning generation..
"R Heidlebaugh" <rheidlebaugh-at-zialink-dot-com>