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Plasma & High Voltage Electricity

Plasma and High Voltage Electricity

Plasma is very useful for electromagnetic experiments as it will easily react with fields and can alter phase of electromagnetic waves passing through it. The DIY Tesla Coil shown in the projects section was used to generate many of the images shown here.

Below is a collection of photos we’ve taken of various experiments involving plasma or high voltage and corona. The pictures are displayed via Flickr, for a larger view, click the image to open a new window. Many of these photos were taken using our Electrograpy Plates.

All images are copyrighted, do not reproduce them without permission. If you would like higher resolution images, or would like to use them for commercial purposes, please contact us.

Quartz Crystal Plasma

Arcs on Quartz Crystal

Plasma Forming around a Cut and Polished Quartz crystal on a Tesla coil


Leaf (Kirlian Photo)

Leaf (Kirlian Photo)

A Kirlian photo of a leaf taken with a digital SLR


Fingerprint (Kirlian Photo)

Kirlian Fingerprint

A Kirlian photo of a fingertip.


£2 Coin (again)

Two Pound Coin(again)

A Kirlian photo of a £2 coin. This time taken with a digital camera.


Euro (Kirlian Photo)

Kirlian photo of Euro coin

A Kirlian photo of a one Euro coin taken using a digital SLR camera.


Plasma Dyed Red

Plasma Dyed Red

Just a picture of some Plasma squiggly stuff that has been altered to look red.


Arcing Tesla Coil

Arcing Tesla Coil

An arc of Plasma forming between a Tesla coil and a grounded metal sphere. The Tesla coil is using a very high spark gap rate for this photo

Plasma Creature

Plasma Creature

Some kind of ghostly creature made from electrical plasma


Mini Nebula

Mini Nebula

Kirlian Photo of paper smeared with a small amount of a eutectic alloy liquid metal The high voltage is provided by a small Tesla Coil operating with a very high frequency spark gap rate, and therefore lower voltage. This one looks quite different to the version using higher voltages (“Electric Veins”)


Electric Veins

Kirlian photo of Electric Veins

Kirlian Photo of paper smeared with a small amount of a eutectic alloy liquid metal.

The high voltage is provided by a small Tesla Coil and is therefore at a much higher voltage and frequency than a standard HV PSU.



Arcs from small Tesla Coil fired along stream of Argon Gas

Here the camera is focused on a transparent conductor while arcs from a small Tesla Coil are fired at it along a stream of Argon Gas


Two Pound Coin

Two Pound Coin

Kirlian Photo of £2 coin. The high voltage is provided by a Power Pulse Generator


Single Shot Pulse Discharge

Single Shot Pulse Discharge

This shows a special device used to contain liquids so that there is effectively two ‘liquid electrodes’
A high voltage capacitor in a power pulse generator is discharged between the areas of liquid. You can see how the plasma spreads across the surface of the larger area of surrounding liquid.


Outer Space in the Lab

Outer Space in the Lab

Magnetic Deflection of Plasma
The central circle is a large circular magnet placed under the special vacuum chamber. Two smaller magnets are above and below it in the image.
The high voltage AC electric field supplied by a power pulse generator is horizontal across the image, while the magnetic field is coming out perpendicular to your screen.


Flame enhanced Arcs (IR Filtered)

Flame Enhanced Arcs(IR Filtered)

Arcs from a small Flame on a Tesla Coil Viewed through a light infrared band pass filter


Arcs from the tip of a Laser Pointer

Arcs from tip of a Laser Pointer

Arcs from a Tesla Coil with a small laser pointer lens fixed to the top.


Ghostly Plasma

Ghostly Plasma

This is NOT a plasma globe. These arcs are in open air. Tesla coil discharge photographed using black and white superfast film. You are seeing Plasma Filaments emitted from a metal sphere of approximately 5cm diameter.


Arcs on Quartz Crystal

Arcs on Quartz Crystal

High voltage from Tesla Coil wraps around Quartz crystal.


Fusor Plasma

Fusor Plasma

Dipole Spherical wire mesh electrodes in partial vacuum. This plasma was produced inside a DIY Vacuum Chamber


TC Streamers Closeup

TC Streamers Closeup

Stremers on the surface of a spherical electrode on a Tesla Coil

See the Experiments section for movie clips and more photos.


  1. cool

  2. Not really, you would need to use a range of test and measurement equipment. What you use would depend upon what exactly your experiment is.

  3. Hi – love this site – it’s awesome!!!

    Is there any way to make gravity fields, magnetic fields and voltage fields visible, so one can see in real time the results of a particular experiment as it runs, and certain parameters are altered, such as DC voltage pulses and frequency, and other physical placement of items in the experiment?

  4. Good thinking and keep it up.

  5. Energy crisis-

    _ I HAVE FOUND THE TRUE PURPOSE OF THE TESLA COIL- the answer was always in the lightning bolt- understanding of gamma bursts from lightning discharges have only been recently vindicated from satellite in late 90s–

    Here is a thought experiment for electromagnetic fusion with Einstein in mind

    Pretend you are water-you are an oxygen atom- you are stable- you are noble- 8 protons-8 neutrons-and 8 electrons- there are only 5 magic shell nuclear elements of the periodic table- oxygen is one of them- it is very stable-

    Therefore- you are stable and noble- you have no need for fusion- yet it could happen- but the probability of another element such as hydrogen and its isotopes would be made to fuse together in some kind of fashion mankind tries will occur way before oxygen does- – ok-so now you are this noble one and you have outstretched in your hands a hydrogen atom and or its isotope deuteron and you hold it out to mankind as a gift-

    Man understands the gift of fusion for many years and is desperately trying to do such-

    I propose electromagnetic fusion- I propose the BENNET pinch used in poloidal currents used in plasmas of tokomaks- but much further-

    Here we go – the thought experiment- you are this oxygen atom with two hydrogen’s and you stand amongst your friends similar in nature. You are placed in a large vessel filled of your kind-now imagine that two walls opposing in this vessel are the plates of a capacitor- who cares what is applied to the capacitor plates (electrodes of system)-for all you know as a noble oxygen and the hydrogen you have in your hands is nothing more than the electric field upon the plates-

    You are composed of charged particles- thus you will interact with the applied electric field of the plates-this is common electronics and electric knowledge-

    However, I speak of dielectric breakdown- I speak of the lightning bolt- let us now assume we have made the capacitor plates oscillate at 1 million volts peak to peak as way of a tesla coil

    Think of the electric field- everything will be controlled by this field- a dielectric breakdown will occur- and all discharge current will begin to flow and oscillate as a function of the applied voltage-

    Now- you are in the heart of a lightning bolt- you who are noble as a oxygen probably lost all your valence electrons due to the magnitude of such a high electric field- every charged particle in transit of the discharge current is surely ionized and talks of being a complete water molecule should be erased- the state of this plasma current is nothing more than ionized hydrogen and oxygen and a complete sea of electrons-

    Let us think first of the electrons- 1896 times smaller than protons- no question it will oscillate much faster as a function to the applied voltage- remember the cathode ray scope- basic physics also will say this charged particle will also have a magnetic field about itself because of the electric field that has driven it-thus- this oscillating electron current will have an intrinsic magnetic field

    Let us now think of the protons- oxygen has 8 and surrounded by 8 neutrons and is far less likely for reaction than isotopes of hydrogen for fusion- this should merely be understood by refereeing to atomic tables of elements and known theory- but this hydrogen is a singly bound proton with mass one- unless we speak of a deuteron- it will also be controlled exactly the same way as the electron is affected by the external applied voltage- however- it is opposite to the electrons motion-and much slower by its mass – however-its magnetic field will add to that of the electrons- this is standard knowledge of magnetic field generation of charged particles by way of electric fields-

    Thus, in this thought experiment- within this state of dielectric breakdown- I like to say the lightning bolt- can you now see the oscillation of the charged particles by such a large magnitude of the applied voltage plates- can you now see the probability at a certain moment in time- particularly when the applied ac signal is greatest- that all magnetic fields of charged particles in transit can have the power to be magnetically pinched-

    Magnetics have push and pull- it is well known that high frequency causes a constriction upon electrical currents- whether in copper lines and forcing such to the surface- or in plasma and made use to constrict it – high frequency is known to constrict the currents- thus- do you see the forces I am referring to as this dielectric breakdown has occurred upon the most perfect fuel of the heavens- water- this oxygen atom holds the hydrogen for us- we shall apply a high voltage (high is relative- I have stated 750kv in the vicinity of the hydrogen for fusion- I come to this by way of understanding the beta decay of a free neutron- if it can disintegrate- it can come together- made into a deuteron- then made into helium)-

    Thus –we make helium and oxygen is then unbound and must also be recaptured- this is easy in expansion tanks- the byproducts are helium and oxygen-truly noble-

    To increase the q of this system- a simple toroidal magnet as used in tokamaks for plasma control may be used for additional pinching-

    I hope this helps- however- you must always think of the applied electric field and its magnetic inducement upon the charged particles- we will stably run the Tesla coil upon the dielectric of water itself (more appropriately heavy water) and turn up the voltage for greater acceleration speeds and thus magnetic fields- we can control pressure in this vessel- we can control electrode spacing and so much more-

    that is my thought experiment for you to understand it is my intention to use all input energy by way of oscillating a very large electric field which will induce the proper magnetic flux density in units of Tesla for a pinching- not established hot fusion whereby all energy input is chaotic and the probability of fusion comes by way of statistics from a gas equation- no- high voltage and high frequency in an orderly manner by the construction of a man made lightning bolt with controllable parameters inside an existing pressurized nuclear reactor- everything is off the shelf- the world will run on steam power again globally-from trains-factories-ships-and all power plants- I offer the Watt steam engine again- not with two sticks to make fire and boil the water- but electromagnetic fusion with two electrodes to induce fusion of hydrogen isotopes to boil water and make steam- it is absolutely perfect.

    To the CEO’s of nuclear power plants-or pressurized coal fired- you have spare reactors in the back yards of your plants- take a 1 million volt tesla coil and do what I have said- you will measure its fusion reactions and you will conclude this – I have found the road to safe clean energy.

    Time will tell.

  6. I’m not sure what you are trying to ask. If you are asking if you could place the DIY kirlian photos water plate on a scanner to get an image, then the answer is, maybe. I think the scanner would pick up some light, but it would be faint and the image would be soft focused because the plasma moves.

  7. Type your message

    can i put a camera KIRLIAN on a scan to take pictures ?


  8. Eh?

  9. Type your message here
    may i replace sodium chlorure by bicarbonate sodium to feel the KIRLIAN sheets


  10. most of them refer to tesla inventions

  11. Yes, this is quite possible, but only if you have lots of money to spend. Normally a pulsed UV laser is used, but is is expensive to produce such lasers with enough power to ionize air over any reasonable distance.
    The military and possibly private companies use LIPC systems for entrance denial to protect buildings or passages. A grid or bars of high voltage high temperature plasma columns can be activated to prevent the passage of people or vehicles. They can be set to stun or kill. I imagine it is very Sci-fi looking indeed.

  12. The experiments are brilliant, and the images are fantastic.

    I have often wondered if the arcs from a tesla coil could be guided, using a laser beam… im told i would need to earth the laser itself and it would need to be quite a few watts to sufficently ionise the air in order to cause the energy to ride the beam… that would make some interesting photography. I have seen this done for welding processes, at very short distances. would be cool if you could try it.

    I have looked about and some call it the LIPC, or Laser Induced Plasma Channel

  13. nice pictures! thx

  14. The heat produced by an arc is proportional to the current flowing through it. Most of these images use high voltage at low current to heat is not too large. Still enough to melt a small piece of wire for example. Something like an arc welder needs a lot of heat for melting the metal so a big transformer is used to step mains voltage down while stepping hte current up. They typically operate on a few volts at hundreds of amps.
    The Tesla coil used in many of these photos ran at about 250 watts.

  15. Thanks. I understand, the high voltage it’s suficient to break the air rigid dielectric and create sparks around the electrode, but it’s insuficient to reach the soil. Other question, is heat produced by these experiments? Arc electric (at power systems) produce a great quantity of heat, it’s the same thing, or not? The power in the generator of these experiments in the pictures is limited in fews Watts? What’s the diference between then? Minervino – Brazil.

  16. There is just one point (electrode) that is at very high voltage. It is very high compared to the surrounding air and the earth its self.
    The voltage is high enough that is strips the electrons from the air molecules creating ions.
    If given more power, these arcs would eventually reach out and hit the ground.

  17. Cool the pictures, but, please, aswer me a doubt.
    How can have plasma in the air, without other point? In electrical circuits the plasma is created, but it need two points. What is the second point in this pictures?

  18. ausum pictures which are rare to be seen….
    good job 🙂

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    you may even win your science fair with these.

  20. Holy ass???

  21. Wow! Extremely cool pictures, and interesting to see kirlian quartz crystal especially

  22. Hi.
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  23. awsome site. have learnt a lot here.
    All things are showed in a so simple way that it´s
    pure art-deco. Thank you.
    I was looking for vacuum resonance when i came to
    this site.

  24. Great job guys! love the pics! I was looking for tesla coils when i came across your site. Awesome job! Keep it up!!

  25. Its amazing what you can do with objects. You have turned something ordinary into something extrodinary! I love it. We were talking about Kirlian photography in philosophy and i went to research it. I saw those pictures and man were they interesting. I love it. keep up the good work!! : )

  26. Oh HOLY ASS!!! Iwas just tooling around this….just about to leave when I seen plasma resonance. I thought “what the hell” It sounds interesting!…when I seen those pics…..HOLY ASS. I’M GOING TO LOOK AT ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING HERE!! This site is bad ass!!

  27. That is so cool!

  28. win!\o/

  29. Fantastic selection of images! Great to see all those neat experiments online 🙂

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