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Plasma Ball Fun!?!

Discussion in 'General Electronics' started by Cory B, Jul 17, 2003.

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  1. Cory B

    Cory B Guest

    Hey all, I hope some of you have had a bit of fun with the little
    plama balls they sell at gift shops etc. I have a rather nice 8" ball
    that is very fun to watch, and I know that you can place a metal
    object on it to bring the spark outside of the ball, however, I was
    wondering about other fun things that can be done with these... A
    google search seems to turn up very little useful information, so as
    usual I will turn to the appropriate usenet group... I'm interested
    in any information at all really, but particularly information
    regarding the possibilities of what to do with it should the globe
    break etc, also what are the possible things that I would want to
    avoid doing to it in an experiment (that are not obvious) that may
    damage it? I appreciate it very much, hopefully a few (or more!) of
    you have some experiences that you can share and even if you just have
    some crazy ideas please share those too ( marked as crazy ideas if you
    would please... And no I will not stick a ring on it then lick the
    ring... :) ) Thanks all!

    Cory G.
  2. Robert Baer

    Robert Baer Guest

    It is a toy, nothing else.
    If it breaks, then "air" (nitrogen, oxygen, carbon dioxide, etc) will
    leak in (i believe there is a partial vacuum) and the argon will diffuse

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