Help fund 10-story Tesla Coil lab

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18 Responses to “Help fund 10-story Tesla Coil lab”

  1. Alvis says:

    This page was causing me so many problems loading before it got a title. Works much better now.

  2. Brainspore says:

    Like I’m gonna help fund a project that’s obviously just a cover story for building a giant death ray. Nice try, mad scientists.

  3. Guest says:

    I must be the only fool who would like to watch this in action while sipping on a cold beer.

  4. Bonobo says:

    If the discharge length is longer than the height, why doesn’t the arc go to ground instead of striking the opposite tower?

    • Hi Bonobo,

      If the two coil towers operate in phase, the arcs do have a greater tendency to head towards ground.  If they operate in opposite phase then there’s a strong horizontal electric field between the two top electrodes of the towers that provides a  strong guiding action to the arcs as they propagate.   The horiz distance can be more than three times the vert distance when the towers are oppositely phased.   -Greg

  5. AirPillo says:

    When he says “gamma ray precursors” is he talking about optical precursors? If so, that part is more confusing to me than free-electron avalanche (which thankfully was easy enough to understand after looking it up).

  6. william beaty says:

    Hey Greg, gotta mention the gamma/runaway experiment on the Kickstarter page!

    As it is right now it describes a pair of Electrums.  Longer sparks?  Eh.  But add relativistic MeV seeds and that’s a difference in kind, not size.   Actual unknowns, not just “mine’s bigger,” so funding might also become a “difference in kind.”

    PS an avalanche itself is a conductor, right?  Like an antenna connected to the topload?  So depending on the radius of the end of the electron-runaway glow-discharge, and depending on the electron lifetime, DC rectification effects, etc., the e-field at the end may be many orders larger than 1/r^2 would ever predict, and 200ft may be a vast underestimate. Nobody knows how Tesla could have pulled off claimed accomplishments wo/VLF antennas miles in length. Relativistic avalanche may itself become a VLF antenna miles in length.

  7. derindevlet says:

    I Just want to say that I think it’s awesome to call usable found junk ” obtainium”

  8. Hester Schell says:

    A new word! Obtainium… I’m 2nding derindevlet!

    So…   lightning man:  
    Have you been to Black Rock City with this at Burning Man?  
    What are the practical uses for the arcs?
    Is this what Tesla called pulling power out of the air?
    Is this the source of abundant, easily producible electricity? 
    Is this the answer to our power needs?

    AWESOME pitch video…..   358,000 is a lot to expect out of Kickstarter.    So…   I’m going to contribute just so I am sure to follow this awesome project!.  Wow.   

    Nuts, man. These guys are nuts… and passionate… and that – ya’gotta’luv’it

    • Hi Hester, 

      Actually, the twin coils will be very good at placing power *into* the air.  Here’s a clip of the 1/12th scale prototypes powering our ‘Tesla Roadster’ solely through the air, via wireless power:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CULdwXKKfDQ

      The full-scale coils could provide enough ambient electric fields to host ‘wireless drag races.’  Think it would be great if folks to brought wireless dragsters to race.

      Thanks for supporting the project!

  9. sue.jonez says:

    You may be able to make anti-matter!  Really!  The Fermi Telescope has recently and unexpectedly picked up the signature of anti-matter from lightning storms.   
    This fact also suggests that “cold fusion” claims aren’t totally ridiculous, because anything that can happen in lightning can happen in a laboratory.  At least your laboratory! 
    Still, I think one could get a lot of Nickel-Hydrogen LENR work done for $300k and that’s where my money would go. 

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