Re: What it takes to get big sparks?

Tesla List wrote:

> Original Poster: "Jim Lux" <jimlux-at-jpl.nasa.gov>
> I have been contemplating the whole issue of what factors most influence
> the length and size of the sparks from a tesla coil and have some ideas
> which I'm going to throw out for discussion.
> Starting with some assumptions:
> 1) The actual spark develops very quickly if there is a suitable low
> impedance source. The leader moves very very fast, essentially running its
> entire length in a microsecond or thereabouts.

.............................It must be noted that all leaders are invisible,
low current ionization paths.  The arcs move out along the multiply restarted
leader paths over time spans from 50 to 500 milliseconds for long arcs.  In
long time scale, late in full arc development, the leaders grow more from the
ends of the ever advancing arc channel that the terminal.

Richard Hull, TCBOR