Date: Thu, 07 Feb 2002 21:13:59 -0500

Author: Geoff Nunes

Subject: Re: VDG/Tesla coil

Post:

Anthony Lapinski wrote:

> The VDG and Tesla coil both produce large amounts of charge.

The output terminal of a Tesla coil reaches very high voltages, which is
the _same_ as there being a large amount of charge on the surface of
that terminal.

For the VDG, the charge is static (and of one sign). In the case of the
Tesla coil, the charge oscillates in sign at some high frequency. That
makes it tough to transfer a large net charge to another object the way
you can with a VDG.

Other comment about "wet meat", resistors, and so on are right on. With
sufficient imagination, you can kill yourself with a Tesla coil.

-Geoff Nunes

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