What determines the max output of a Nitrogen TEA laser? Answered
I was thinking about building a TEA laser, using nitrogen from the air. Like many others, I want it to have a really high (peak) output level (high enough to ionise air).
What's the limiting factor for the amount of power I can put into it? Does the air "saturate" or something when there's too much current going between the electrodes?
How come you can't connect it directly to the HV power source, but you have to have a spark gap/capacitor to fire it? So would it work on AC?