Re: Addendum-DC Tesla

Hi everyone,
             I would like to congratulate Richard on an excellent 
series of experiments and some fascinating ideas. I'd also like to 
thank him for sharing this with me. The concept of charging the air 
with waves of ions is quite new to me. I don't think for one minute 
this affects the AC dynamics of the coil itself. But storing energy 
in the air in this fashion could certainly explain the discharges 
talked about. Permit me to inject a thought or two.
     If one progressively stores energy in this way, one final shot
would at some stage be sufficient to tip the balance as it were and
let the lot go. Is this how you see it Richard?

> Many of my fellow engineers and even the more informed neophytes, just 
> have to feel that some sort of rectificaion is taking place in the Tesla 
> coil scenario I played out in the earlier posting.  Why guys!  Lets think 
> a moment.  I wonder if we were to account for all the losses and outputs 
> from a Tesla coil in "HOT SPARK MODE" if we wouldn't find the DC output 
> would swamp the AC output in relative power?  If this were the case, the 
> DC would be the "normal mode of operation for the sparking system"!! 

In effect I see rectification occurring through ion migration away 
from the terminal. I can see how a series of waves of diminishing 
amplitude can in effect rectify by leaving a nett charge in the 
ionized air. Is my understanding right here? 

> Another observation.  A discharging tube coil or solid state coil
> (more or less CW) will not produce the DC effect to any noticable
> degree!  It appears, in fact, that it is down by a factor of 2-4
> orders of magnitude per unit RMS power input!  I have always
> spoken out for the disruptive coil producing less RF and more DC
> goings on than the tube based system. I feel that this is due to
> the rather large instantaneous power per pulse found in disruptive
> systems (often megawatts) as opposed to the tube based systems (
> rarely hundreds of watts).

This would make sense if the phenomenon were dependent on the 
differing amplitude of successive waves, yes?

Please tell me if I misunderstand any of this. One thing interests me.
In the process of ionizing air around the terminal (ion cloud) there 
must be some recombination going on as well. When the coil is 
prevented from emitting sparks, is there any glow around the terminal?