40MHz Spark Gap Behavior

From:  Hollmike [SMTP:Hollmike-at-aol-dot-com]
Sent:  Thursday, April 16, 1998 11:34 PM
To:  tesla-at-pupman-dot-com
Subject:  Re: 40MHz Spark Gap Behavior

   Another way to think of energy and power is simply thinking of the SI
units.  Power is joules per second.  Energy is joules, or joules per
second(power) multiplied by the time that the power is applied. If one
shortens the time that the energy is expended, the power must rise to achieve
   A Tesla coil does just this.  The primary cap collects and stores energy
over a period of a few milliseconds and then releases it in a few
microseconds.  The average power does not increase(in fact it goes down due to
losses), but the instantaneous power is "magnified" by a tremendous amount.  
   The main reason Tesla developed this was that he believed this to be the
most efficient means by which to transmit power to great distances.  He
believed this was a more efficient means to deliver electrical power than over
wires.   I personally would love to see the countryside without the big ugly
powerlines to spoil the view.
Is that about my two cents worth?
Mike Hollingsworth