Re: Tesla turns ratio ?

Subject: Re: Tesla turns ratio ?
  Date: Fri, 13 Jun 1997 19:33:25 -0700 (PDT)
  From: "Edward V. Phillips" <ed-at-alumni.caltech.edu>
    To: tesla-at-pupman-dot-com

"If the objective is simply to maximize arc size then the TC designers'
goal is not to maximize Vsec, but rather to match the effective
_impedance_ of the arcs to the impedance of the wall outlet, so that
maximum power can be dumped into the ionized air."
        Best explanation I've seen here, and undoubtedly true.  That
explains the value of toroid top-loading in increasing the output,
as the L/C ratio of the secondary is reduced, reducing the effective
loading for a given discharge condition.