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Re: uses for a Tesla Coil?
Original poster: "Gary Peterson by way of Terry Fritz <twftesla-at-qwest-dot-net>" <glpeterson-at-tfcbooks-dot-com>
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Sent: Friday, May 24, 2002 7:09 PM
Subject: Re: uses for a Tesla Coil?
Tesla's IEE lecture "Experiments with Alternate Currents of High Potential
and High Frequency," London, February 1892 has a few interesting Tesla coil
demos. It's posted online at http://www.tfcbooks-dot-com/writings/experime.htm.
> > I have used a TC very successfully for powering an old-fashioned "soft"
> > (gas filled) X-ray tube. Somewhere I have a reprint of a 1917 magazine
> > article on X-ray tubes which includes a drawing of a double-anode tube
> > intended specifically for excitation with a Tesla coil. As for other
> > applications, the only one I can think of is for high-voltage breakdown
> > testing.
How did you protect yourself ? I understand X rays can cause health
> I found the X-ray tube description. It's on page 308 of the September,
> 1917 issue of Gernsbach's "THE ELECTRICAL EXPERIMENTER". Mentions that
> while most commercial systems use "high-voltage transformers"
> (presumably power line fed), but the use of "high-frequency machines
> made for physician's use" is more convenient for the small office.
> Those machines were usually Tesla coils, . . .
> As a final note, Tesla wrote on the use of high frequencies for medical
> work, and the Proceedings of the IEEE recently reprinted an article of
> his on that subject. Can't that issue right now, but recall if as being
> quite interesting and practical, at least insofar as the apparatus was
The Classic Paper "High Frequency Oscillators for Electrotherapeutic and
Other Purposes" is in PROCEEDINGS OF THE IEEE, VOL. 87, NO. 7, JULY 1999,
pp. 1277-1292 and the book LECTURE, PATENTS AND ARTICLES. (See also