Method of Lighting Wireless Vacuum Tubes Devoid of Any Electrodes Placed In An Alternating Electrostatic Field.
In 1891, just before becoming an American citizen, Nikola Tesla was asked to lecture before the American Institute of Electrical Engineers at the Columbia University in New York. He performed experiments with alternating currents of very high frequency and left an audience of America’s greatest engineers spell-bound as he demonstrated a new theory of light. This lecture would be the first public demonstration of transmitting wireless energy, making Tesla the true father of radio and wireless power.
Throughout his investigations of alternating currents of very high frequency phenomena, Tesla satisfied himself with the conclusion that light bulbs using carbon filaments were inferior, and that an electric field of sufficient intensity could be made to fill a room and light electrodeless vacuum tubes. This was done by connecting two large sheets of zinc to the terminal of the circuit with the sheets being spread apart about fifteen feet away from each other (as shown above). The sheets served as condensers, and both received the charge of electricity from the wires connecting the sheets to the transformer, creating an electric field between the two. Tesla would then introduce vacuum tubes and place them between the zinc sheets–illuminating the tubes and lighting the room. He waved the vacuum tubes around like a Jedi showcasing the first light sabers, and the tubes continued to glow as long as they remained in the electric field.
He accomplished this by upping the speed of his dynamo, transforming his alternating currents into a continuous flow of static currents. This allowed him to pass a large amount of energy from sheet to sheet, or even through his body, without any harm. To help better explain this, direct currents carry an electric charge along a conductor which travel in one single direction, like a straight line, while the charge in AC alternate back and forth in waveform. Static currents, on the other hand, are stationary with no movement. Tesla would speed up his AC so fast that they would transform into a static current, allowing him to create a static field of electricity capable of lighting his wireless bulbs.
The electrical wizard went on to show the absolute harmlessness of his electric system by passing thousands of volts of electricity through his body–lighting light bulbs and shooting sparks out of his finger tips.
These amazing demonstrations would set Tesla apart from the rest of the scientific world, and the inventor would be showered with awards and invitations from all around the world begging him to share his work.
“I love you,” You paused easing the aching pain in his chest momentarily, until you bent down, wrapping your arms around him placing a kiss on his lips. “But I can’t forgive you.” You spoke, abruptly taking a step back.
Gerald looked up at your tear stained face. You stared down at the figure of a man, whom you thought loved you as much as you did him. You took a deep breath, attempting to pull yourself together. You gave him one last look before picking up your purse and phone.
As you shut the door around you, Gerald’s world completely crumpled around him. He felt broken, he was unable to comprehend what was happening. All he knew was that he just let the best thing in life walk out the door.
You got in the drivers seat of your Tesla and set your things beside you. Everything that had just happened replaying in your head like a broken record, or a movie that you were unable to turn off.
Images of Gerald and the other girl flashing in your mind. Two whole years tossed down the drain, and for what? Because Gerald couldn’t wait three days to see you? None of this making any sense in your head, you started the car and began to drive leaving behind what could’ve been.
"I'm sick of you taking the cats side in everything!" winteriron or ironpanther pretty please (I always need more Tony on my dash) :-)
I’m going with Winteriron because I haven’t written that today. And last prompt for me before I go to bed. (I’ve done like half a dozen today, which way to go me but also omg my writing brain is sleepy.)
This turned out much longer than I anticipated, as well as kind of took on a life of it’s own. I didn’t have much planned when I started it, but I’m pretty happy with how it turned out! Hope you enjoy.
“I’m sick of you taking the cat’s side in everything!”
“What?” Tony asked, looking up from where he’d been murmuring and pressing kisses into Tesla’s fur.
Bucky scowled at him, looking honestly grumpy and upset. Tony set Tesla down on the floor and walked over.
It’s the birthday of Nikola Tesla (Никола Тесла), who was born in 1856 in Smiljan, Croatia. Tesla’s first technical job was at the Budapest Telephone Exchange, where he made several improvements to the equipment and rose to become chief electrician. His next job, in 1882, was for Continental Edison Co in France. Two years later, he was at the company’s Manhattan office, working to redesign and improve Thomas Edison’s DC generators and associated equipment. With financial backing, Tesla set up his own company, which developed a revolutionary AC induction motor and transformer. Those inventions and others, licensed by George Westinghouse, helped AC defeat DC in the so-called War of the Currents, which was all but over by the early 1890s. Tesla’s research interests shifted focus to the generation and uses of wireless electrical power. Thanks to the royalties he earned from his 300 patents, Tesla could finance extensive research projects at labs in Colorado and New York. Those high-voltage, high-frequency experiments did not result in profitable devices – at least not in Tesla’s lifetime. He died alone of coronary thrombosis on 7 January 1943 in room 3327 of the New Yorker Hotel.