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Calculating Jacob's Ladder?

  1. Nov 11, 2014 #1
    Hi there,

    I would like to ask is it possible to calculate the min. voltage to initiate the spark gap create by the Jacob's Ladder and also the max. distance between two rods to make the spark gap "jump"?

    Other than that, is it possible to calculate the no. of moles of electrons (approximately) "jumped" to the opposite side of rod.

    Can I know what formulas are involved?

  2. jcsd
  3. Nov 13, 2014 #2
    It depends upon the separation distance and the break-down voltage of the surrounding medium. If this is in air, look up the break-down voltage for air, and go from there.
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