...Why make it up when all you have to do is report reality?
Want the hottest thing on Earth? Use a Z Machine! (Warning, some side effects may occur -- like small-scale nuclear fusion). Oh, yeah!
BUILDING A 1:1 BALUN
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The further and continuing adventures of the girl who sat in the back of your homeroom, reading and daydreaming.
"Caution: may cause injury or death. Read owner's manual before operating."
I've seen that thing fire. And later on in my life, I found out that one of my (then) machining instructors had made a significant number of parts for it.
Oh sure, but Nikola Tesla could do that...with Alternating Current.
...and, you can be your own night light if you work there!
I expected a discussion of analog/digital today...
Thermodynamics? This is New Mexico! We don't obey no steenkin' thermodynamics! More out than in sounds like a plan to me! Put me down for half a dozen.
And Roberta would purely LOVE to be turned loose to play with it.
"Phooey on you and your megawatt transmitters!"
"the Z machine propelled small plates at 34 kilometres a second"
I keep thinking of that in terms of muzzle velocities. And instead of Mach numbers it's Escape Velocity multiples.
I don't think we have the mathematics and physics to predict the trajectories for objects moving that fast. I'm not even sure we have the materials technology to build a projectile that can tolerate those kind of velocities in our atmosphere.
The X-Rays could be used as some sort of spaceship weapon... my mind is on overdrive with the possiblities and implications...
The Z-Machine is news to you?
*wanders back off to HiPER's 200-shot petawatt laser array and Bussard Group's IEC fusor mumbling about young people these days*
Roberta will likely have built a small scale model in her basement by next week.
I lead a sheltered life, Mark. --I did already know about Dr. Bussard's nifty cubes of fusion. If that's worth any points...
Finding the Z Machine was the result of a Wikiwander that started with "Stoff," led through "hydrazine" to a related high explosive, from there to explosive bolts to exploding bridgewire detonators (side trip to Luis Walter Alvarez, one of the brightest guys I ever read of) to slapper detonators to the Trigatron to krytons and then to the Marx Generators and this to the Z machine. --Looking it up just now in reconstructing my path, I found myself drawn to the Pockels cell (the heart of the first laserdisc recorder, btw) and on to Optical Parametric Chirped Pulse Amplification or, as my people refer to it, effin' ray guns!
Wikipedia, free time and an inquiring mind: a dangerous combination. I'm prolly on some new lists now.
I do believe I have been down that very same wiki path. EBWs are good times, reliable and inherently HERO-safe.
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