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Hello! I'm interested in the theory behind how the Wardenclyffe tower would have operated. The transmission of power through a distance, through thin air is a mystery to me—not to mention being able to direct the energy flow to specific points on the globe! Were there smaller projects or demonstrations which demonstrated this effect? How do you defeat the "loss of power over a distance" phenomena? If this thing works, it just seems "dumb" not to develop it. (Pardon my attitude). Clue me in!!
A number of factors come into play, and to gain a basic understanding
of Tesla's system I recommend reading the book
Nikola Tesla On His Work With Alternating Currents and Their Application to Wireless Telegraphy, Telephony
and Transmission of Power. For starters, the transmission medium is the earth itself with propagation being by conduction.
a gliding surface wave would also be involved—possibly the Zenneck Surface Wave. Tesla wrote that the earth itself
comprises a giant
LC circuit that
can be electrically resonated at certain frequencies, and that his transmitter
is capable of exciting this
circuit. The Colorado Springs experiments are said to have confirmed this hypothesis.
Because the radiated power is intentionally
suppressed . . . the loss of power as a function of distance is not a real issue.
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