Re: theory(?) for long sparks
From: Greg Leyh[SMTP:lod-at-pacbell-dot-net]
Sent: Thursday, December 04, 1997 4:02 AM
To: Tesla List
Subject: Re: theory(?) for long sparks
Edward V. Phillips wrote:
> "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
The pic in 'Spark Discharges' by Bazalyan does not appear to resemble
an exploding wire, as it meanders quite a bit, almost doubling back
on itself at some points. In the exploding wire shots I've done
(up to 50 ft range) the discharge closely follows the trajectory of
the wire (usually a straight line).