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Re: starship-design: plasma sources
Kevin Houston <Kevin@urly-bird.com> wrote:
> I tried the microwave method, and it's pretty cool,
> but I worry that it may
> damage my 'wave. Isn't a plasma not very different
> from a piece of tinfoil
> in this respect?
Yeah... Good Question!
Especially when you live at your parent's place 8)
> At 09:48 AM 8/19/99 -0700, N. Lindberg wrote:
> > I'm no expert on plasma physics, but here are some
> ways that
> >immediately spring to mind:
> > 1) Spark gap + RF heating of the air. Plasmas
> couple very well to
> >RF, and most of the energy gets turned into heat.
> > 2)High temp combustion + RF. Sometime, bend a
> toothpick so that
> >it stands with one end pointing up, light that end,
> and put it in your
> >microwave. I think they're kind of pretty. Also,
> the Oxy-Acetylene
> >reaction is the hottest type of combustion I know
> of, at a few thousand
> >degrees, Kind of dangerous stuff though.
Oxy-Acetylene is plasma???
Well, anyway, how energetic has the RF to be??(It'd be a cool
project... make your own plasma for less than 15 bucks(±))
And, how can you make the needed RFs(except than with a microwave 8)?
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