At 02:03 AM 1/14/99 -0700, you wrote:
>.... this is akin to pushing a swing every time it rocks back.
>A Tesla coil should be viewed more like a
>lightly coupled transformer.
>I think a better picture of a spark gap driven Tesla coil would be a hammer
>and a bell. Your hammer is the primary circuit and the bell is your secondary
I see it this way:
The energy in the primary cap is the hammer blow. It causes the primary
resonant circuit to ring, like a bell. The secondary is resonant too, and
loosely coupled to the primary resonant circuit by the magnetic field.
The primary causes the secondary to ring; energy is swaped back and forth
between the ringing, resonant coils. The rate energy is exchanged depends on
the degree of coupling and tuning.