Re: theory(?) for long sparks

From: 	Edward V. Phillips[SMTP:ed-at-alumni.caltech.edu]
Sent: 	Wednesday, December 03, 1997 1:36 PM
To: 	tesla-at-pupman-dot-com
Subject: 	Re: theory(?) for long sparks

"That truly amazing 100+ meter spark in Bazelyan was produced by a
relatively low 5MV but with a rise time in the hundreds of microseconds and
a fall time in the tens of milliseconds."
	Is there any verification that that report is true?
By the way, someone published some stuff here a while back about
initiating the spark by discharging a capacitor bank into a
very fine wire, which vaporized and formed a conducting channel
along which current flowed.  Seems to me that would be very
easy to do, taking only the wire which could be strung very