Re: Safety FAQ is here -- draft, asking for comments.
Richard wrote -
>I have reviewed a number of special slow-motion segments of maggy #11 and
>Nemesis. In a number of hits, the arc channel did not rise more than
>2-4 inches and the arc waxed and waned four or five times over 28 frames
>(28/30 of a second) while the tip of the arc contact on the aluminum
>siding (grounded) moved under 2 inches. I don't think the rising spark
>has anything to do with the final ultimate break. The bit about the
>resonator failing to store the magnetic energy as the channel heats up
>sounds good, though. This probably cuts the power back causing
>successive waxings and wanings. Still, what causes that final shutdown
>and failure to restrike along a good path that is pre-ionized? Seems
>like some charge depletion or saturation effect to me.
Richard et al,
Isn't this where Physics kicks in? I think the minute the arc strikes and
energy is released, both in the discharge but also in the fact that the ions
give off a photon and jump to a LOWER energy level, thus taking longer to
charge this area. Meanwhile the arc builds and discharges to another, more
preferable area now sufficiently charged. I wonder if this would show in
video in total darkness? The only light would be from the coil itself.
This is the best time to view the coils. I guess that's why I love to do
this kind of stuff...
What are your thoughts on this?
(Still wading through all these messages, I've been out of town for almost a
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