4. Links and further readings
I didn't replace all the in-text references on these web pages, as they are already on the PDF version, which I invite you to download. Instead, here is a list of the websites that helped me the most in building and understanding the Tesla coil.
- Kevin Wilson, Tesla coil Design, Contruction and Operation Guide — Complete explanations of all the components of a Tesla coil, an excellent reference.
- Richard Burnett, Richard Burnett’s Tesla Coil Webpage — Theory and analysis of the TC components. The best reference when it comes to theory of operation.
- Bart Anderson, Classic Tesla — Includes a Java spreadsheet making all the computations rigorously.
- Herbert Mehlhose, Herb’s Tesla Coil Page — Detailed explanations about construction (including how to make homemade capacitors).
- Matt Behrend, How a Tesla Coil works — Very clear paper on Tesla coil theory of operation.
- Marco Denicolai, Tesla Transformer for Experimentation and Research — A thesis on Tesla coils.
- Philip Tuck, Tesla's Legacy — Very good material on theory and construction.
- Steve Bell, DeepFriedNeon — Helpful website on construction.
These two are a bit more topical :
- Jim Lux, Tesla Coil Grounding — How to properly ground a Tesla coil.
- Jochen Kronjäger, Jochen’s High Voltage Page, Capacitors — Details on how to make homemade capacitors.
Bonus reads :
- Nikola Tesla, US Patent no1119732, Apparatus for transmitting electrical energy — Tesla's original patent of what is today known as the Tesla coil.
- SSC San Diego, VLF/LF High-Voltage Design and Testing — A paper extensively covering high-voltage physics.
On this website
You might also want to read :
- The Hyperion Tesla coil — This is my second Tesla coil, on which several components have been improved, resulting in a higher efficiency than Zeus. More focus on construction.
- All coils blazing — A collection of the best photographs of sparks from both Zeus and Hyperion, plus a bit more.
- Nixie tube at 300 000 V — I placed a nixie tube at the tip of my Hyperion Tesla coil and fired it, with exciting results.