Date: Thu, 14 Feb 2002 23:05:30 -0500

Author: Geoff Nunes

Subject: Re: VDG/Tesla coil

Post:

Richard Berg wrote:

> Yes, by definition the current has to go somewhere.

Not in a situation like this. Replace the bulb with something
conceptually simpler: a capacitor. Connect one lead to the Telsa coil
and leave the other floating free. That free end will have a fairly
good sized oscillating charge on it. The bulb is like that. The coil
shoves a bunch of charge to the far end of the tube and then yanks it
all back, generating some light along the way. No connection to "earth"
required.

-Geoff Nunes

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