physics question #74



Margaret Klima, a 44 year old female from the Internet asks on September 30, 1999,

Q:

What are the globes which, when you puts your hand close to them, display electrical energy resembling lightning? How do they work?

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the answer

Barry Shell answered on September 30, 1999, A:

This phenomenon is called plasma spheres, based on the generation of very high voltage (10,000V) but with very little current (1 milliamp) to create static electricity which ionizes a gas, typically an inert gas like helium or neon. To find out more and even how to make one, check out the following website: http://www.amasci.com/tesla/plasplan.html.

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