What is Plasma?
Before we get to know about the plasma ball, let’s look at what plasma is. Plasma is a matter that is most commonly found as compared to all three states of matter that is solids, liquids, and gases. Plasma is considered the 4th matter and is defined as a hot ionized gas partially comprised of positively charged ions and negatively charged electrons. The ions and electrons quantity are present almost in the same quantity.
Plasma Ball Overview
The plasma ball is a clear glass container filled with a mixture of several noble gases with an extremely high-voltage electrode in the centre of the container. It is also called plasma globe, dome, lamp, or sphere. As soon as the electricity is supplied, all the plasma filaments extend from the electrode to the glass. Thus, forming alluring multiple coloured tendrils of light.
Who Invented the plasma ball?
Nikola Tesla invented the plasma ball. He came up with this marvellous invention when he used a glass vacuum tube to experiment with high-frequency electric currents. It is the primary reasons why the electrode at the centre of the plasma ball is named after him; that is ‘Tesla Coil.’ However, Bill Parker was the first person who designed the plasma ball, which is used nowadays for novelty and educational purposes.
What all gases do plasma ball include?
A plasma ball may contain different types of gases depending upon the colour of light you want to be emitted. The most commonly used gases that a Plasma ball contains include neon, xenon, argon, and krypton.
Is plasma ball dangerous?
The plasma ball is known to be a safety device; thus, it is even used in school for demonstrating the physics of electrical currents. However, it is indispensable to implement the safety measures while dealing with the apparatus; it generates a high voltage electric current. Moreover, bringing electronic devices or conductive materials near the plasma ball could damage the electronic devices and lead to a fire ignition hazard.
How does plasma ball work?
As you know, plasma ball is equipped with a Tesla coil, which includes lots of coil of wires with electrons going through inside them fluctuating at a very high frequency. All the electrons will go through you to the ground as soon as you touch it. Once the electrons start going through, a fascinating beam of lights will be visible inside the ball where you put your hand.
How Does a Plasma Ball Work?
What is a Plasma Ball and How Does it Work? How does a Plasma Ball work when you touch it?