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*To*: tesla-at-pupman-dot-com*Subject*: Re: Vortex gap loss measurements*From*: "Jim Lux" <jimlux-at-jpl.nasa.gov> (by way of Terry Fritz <twftesla-at-uswest-dot-net>)*Date*: Sun, 03 Sep 2000 11:50:06 -0600*Delivered-To*: fixup-tesla-at-pupman-dot-com-at-fixme

> Here's a thought experiment. I don't know the answer, perhaps someone else > does. If one has a 3 foot long neon sign tube and a 6 foot neon sign tube, > the longer one will obviously require a higher voltage to start ionization. > But once started, won't they both draw the same current from the same NST? > If so, this suggests that gap arc resistance is strictly a function of gap > current, not distance. If not, then I give up! This is basically true... arc resistance is a function of current, not length. the ionized plasma isn't a perfect conductor, but it IS pretty good. >

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