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Re: far fetched idea...
Original poster: "Jim Lux by way of Terry Fritz <twftesla-at-uswest-dot-net>" <jimlux-at-earthlink-dot-net>
For diamond anyway, they burn (being carbon and all). However, an
interesting point about high thermal conductivity, which would make the
actual cathode spot on the gap cool much faster. As far as I know, pure
diamond is an insulator, at least, it's been considered as a substrate for
IC's and hybrids. But, doped with something (e.g. boron, arsenic, etc.) it
becomes a semiconductor.
Don't know about zirconia. Most of the refractory metal oxides (thoria,
zirconia, beryllia, magnesia, etc.) are insulators (or, at least very poor
conductors), but do have good thermal properties.
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From: "Tesla list" <tesla-at-pupman-dot-com>
Sent: Wednesday, May 09, 2001 6:08 PM
Subject: far fetched idea...
> Original poster: "BunnyKiller by way of Terry Fritz <twftesla-at-uswest-dot-net>"
> Hi All...
> while in my thinking mode, I thought of an idea... what item/object is
> extremely resistant to the
> most harsh enviromentally distructive nature one can think of? Diamonds
> come to mind... but since
> diamonds are too expensive, what about Cubic Zirconias??? they are cheap,
> pleantyful, and
> available. What if one were to mount a pair of these in some type of
> fixture at the end of a rod
> like structure to be used as a gap set???
> they are conductive... they can handle extreme amounts of heat....
> what do yall think??? any gemologist out there with a plausable
> explination why they wont work???
> uhoh thinking again....
> Scot D