Re: SPICE, Solid State Suk's, and Slugs (fwd)

From: 	Scott Stephens[SMTP:stephens-at-enteract-dot-com]
Sent: 	Tuesday, December 23, 1997 1:37 PM
To: 	Tesla List
Subject: 	Re: SPICE, Solid State Suk's, and Slugs (fwd)

At 11:45 PM 12/22/97 -0600, you wrote:
>From: 	Alfred A. Skrocki[SMTP:alfred.skrocki-at-cybernetworking-dot-com]
>Subject: 	Re: SPICE, Solid State Suk's, and Slugs (fwd)
>On Thu, 18 Dec 1997 06:29:02 -0700 Scott Stephens
><stephens-at-enteract-dot-com> wrote;
>> ... since the size of the primary discharge capacitance decreases with the
>> square of the voltage, and it's dielectric thickness increases linearly
>> with voltage, why not use 100KV+ in spark gaps? This would make for a very
>> compact and ...
>The reason Scott is two fold; first the higher the voltage the more 
>dificult it is to quench a spark gap!

Ok, series/parallel pins (bed of nails) between mica (available at American
Sci & surpluss in nice little 2"x 2" sheets) with a fan blowing through

>Secondarily cost and size! To make a 
>100KV+ capacitor you would have to have 10 10KV capacitors of 10 times your 
>final value and hook them in series (actually more like 20 caps of 20 
>times the final value to tolerate the peak voltages), to try and make a 
>single capacitor to tolerate 100KV+ is shear folly, with polyethylene that 
>thick the capacitor would get monstrous in size and expense and be quite 
>prone to failure!

My thinking was, 4 sheets of 50mil LDPE with 1mil silver mylar in between
for good luck. Just 1, big, thick, dielectric.

But wrapping and insulating the multiple windings of the transformer strikes
me as the hard part.