1-atm plasma streamers
Subject: 1-atm plasma streamers
From: William Beaty <billb-at-eskimo-dot-com>
Date: Fri, 22 Sep 1995 11:18:57 -0700 (PDT)
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Ed Harris' work with inert gas Plaasma Globes at ambient pressure shows
that spark lengths are immensely increased in argon. If I blow a stream
of argon at a tiny flyback TC, 5" sparks jump up the stream! Without the
argon, the flyback will make a 1/8" corona and 1/4" sparks.
This is about the same as discovering a gas that's conductive!
Anyone with a big coil and an argon supply (MIG/TIG welder?) might want to
try this: If your TC can make 3ft sparks in air, it might send arcs down
the entire length of a 30ft clear tygon hose full of argon! This should
make a neat demo: "Don't unplug that hose, it's not water (and then gouts
of 'electricity' come pouring out!)" You could make a REAL Trek-style
If a stream of argon in a laminar air column is connected to a TC, the
arcs and corona should follow the argon in a straight line. If this could
be made to occur over a long distance, the visible effect would be
identical to phasers on Trek (and if a DC source was then discharged
through it, it might constitute a REAL death ray!) Of course this could
be eaasily defended against: use a small fan to blow the argon stream
around and make it go crazy.
If a smoke-ring box is used to launch invisible rings of argon at your
main terminal, might blazing DONUTS of corona appear as the vortex makes
contact? And if the smoke-ring box were to launch a closely-spaced row of
argon rings, would the TC discharge leap from ring to ring and follow the
dotted line? Such a device, if run off batteries with a loudspeaker as
pulser and installed within a toroid, again might constitute a 'death ray.'
I can't try any of these, I don't currently own a big coil! Note: argon
gives white discharges, neon should do orange. ALRIGHT MEN, THEY'RE
ARMED WITH PLASMA WEAPONS, SO TAKE OUT YOUR BATTERY-POWERED PURSE FAN
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