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Re: "real" lightning and TC lightning...
Original poster: "davep by way of Terry Fritz <twftesla-at-qwest-dot-net>" <davep-at-quik-dot-com>
> Original poster: "by way of Terry Fritz <twftesla-at-qwest-dot-net>"
> I was just wondering, what is the difference between "real"
> lightning and (the average)TC Lightning discharge
There is a lot unknown about natural lighting.
Power level is higher.
Natural lighting is lower rep rate.
(it is NOT single shot, tho it looks that way to
the human eye:
It advances, stepwise
It CAN have successive shots thru the same
Freq ranges are similar, tho wave shapes are
Lightning is way to complex to deal with, in detail
> (i.e. voltage, frequency, temp).
'Standard' research lighting simulators tend to use
other technologies (do they still use MARX generators?)
as more controllable, and the high rep rate inherent
in (most) Tesla Coil operations is atypical of
> Also, are the discharges from a TC plasma?
Yes. So is the spark gap, where present.
> If so, what are the characteristics of plasma?
Thats ANOTHER whole book. 8)>>
Plasma is a 'gaseous' state (some call it a fourth state,
beyond solid/liquid/gas) where the atoms are more or
less ionized: that is: the electrons are more or less
freed from their atoms and move independently within
'more or less' because plasma comes in a range of sorts,
basically from 'hotter' to 'cooler'. Hotter has many
electrons stripped, cooler has only one or so per atom
A common flame (any flame: candle, match ...) is a sort
of plasma. Plasma, due to the free electrons, is
conductive. It can be loosely called 'a conductive gas'
but there is more to it than that.
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