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Lightning in a bottle

Posted: Sun Oct 22, 2017 12:30 am UTC
by Spacegoat
So I have a question for Xkcd or anyone who can help so suppose you have a charged atmosphere in a bottle with a constant influx of electrons to cause lightning. Would the contained lightning consume the atmosphere untill their is no reaction matter or would it be self sustained?

Re: Lightning in a bottle

Posted: Sun Oct 22, 2017 5:57 pm UTC
by Zohar
If you're constantly providing it with external particles how can you call it self sustaining?

Re: Lightning in a bottle

Posted: Mon Oct 23, 2017 8:04 am UTC
by p1t1o
Arent you basically describing a discharge light bulb, eg: a "neon light" ?

Lightning is not a reaction per se. Although chemical reactions may take place due to the high energy load, they are not necessary for "lightning".

Re: Lightning in a bottle

Posted: Mon Oct 23, 2017 2:28 pm UTC
by SDK
Yeah, nothing is "consumed" by the lightning. You should be able to keep it going indefinitely so long as you continue giving it enough energy to ionize the atmosphere inside.

Re: Lightning in a bottle

Posted: Tue Oct 24, 2017 1:58 am UTC
by Eebster the Great
You could just put a Van der Graaf generator in a bottle, right? I'm not sure how this is different.

Re: Lightning in a bottle

Posted: Tue Oct 24, 2017 2:03 pm UTC
by Sizik
Sounds like a plasma globe.
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