Re: Spark Gap Gasses Experiment

>   I would tend to agree that the freon experiment wasn't that useful
>   due to the toxicity, but the argon results could be useful if the
>   gap is opened up so the firing voltage is the same as in air.  If the
>   losses in the primary and the quench are the same or better, it may
>   be reasonable to shield the gap with argon.  This would eliminate
>   gap fouling.  I recall paying about $50 for 249 cubic feet, so the
>   gas is not that expensive if bought in moderate volume.  With the
>   reduce maintenance that an inert gas would allow, enclosing the
>   spark gap and filling the enclosure with argon would be another
>   possibility.

Fruengel used Argon in his multi disk quenched gap for high speed
stroboscopy, for many of the reasons you describe: inert, etc.