Step 1: Plasma at Home
Step 2: Getting Started
Step 3: Set Up
• a set of solar panels ( I used 20 80w )
• some thick connecting wires
• two carbon rods/ thick metal screws
Simply connect your solar panels in a way to obtain considerable current ( 3A or more is good ), and high voltage ( 200v or more ) at the same time ( I connected them all in series since each already gave 4.65A , total voltage was 460v ), then using long thick wires connect to solar panels set, and at the other end firmly attach the two carbon rods/ thick metallic screws, and you're done!
Step 4: Creating Plasma
To create the plasma arc strike the two screws together and pull them apart slowly, an extremely bright arc of light will be formed between them, this is the plasma, 19,460 °C right right between your hands, it'll be deviated upwards because of its temperature.
When you strike the two screws together a spark is made, and air molecules between get sudden energy shock which produces the spark, but since you have considerable current, this spark will be used by the electrons to cross from one screw to another, and so more and more air molecules get broken and ionized, until you get the constant fire-like stream of bright plasma, but and it can be blown off by the wind because it's just a stream of ionized and broken molecules of air so pick a non windy day to do it, longest length I reached was 18cm.
By the way the solar panels will not be damaged by this act ( please correct me if I'm wrong ) since it has high internal resistance, I've been doing this for long time and they seem just fine. now it's time to have some fun..
Step 5: Experiments
Step 6: Notes
And when you're done pack everything back you don't want someone to accidentally touch the wires, I also done that accidentally one day :p, the good thing is that the sun was setting so the amps were low, it's DC voltage so your muscles won't shake and contract rapidly, they'll just contract as strong as they can, the way I was holding the wires made my hand contract throwing it away, lucky I was that day :p
This project might be of a high budget but you can simply reuse the solar panels for what they're made for, charging batteries and powering your house.