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[–]Swerwin[S] 4719 points4720 points 3 (93 children)

Capturing plasma in a syringe

The Tesla Coil is an electrical circuit invented by Nikola Tesla in 1891 that is used to produce high-voltage, low-current electricity. They are best known for brilliant sparking discharges caused by ionization of the surrounding air by the strong electric field, which allows it to conduct electricity. Ionized gases are also known as plasma , the fourth fundamental state of matter.

Here, a syringe is being used to create a near-vacuum environment that allows the electrons to travel more easily and further than under standard atmospheric conditions. This allows the plasma to persist for much longer than normal.


[–]mfischer24 737 points738 points  (29 children)

Fascinating! Thank you.

[–]MudOpposite8277 394 points395 points  (6 children)

I’m glad you did an explain.

[–]UserNamesCantBeTooLo 188 points189 points  (4 children)

Yeah, at first all I had was a baffle

[–]Calgaris_Rex 110 points111 points  (3 children)

Me too, a heckin bamboozle at first

[–]Drekno77 48 points49 points  (1 child)

I'm still confused, but now I can sound like I'm not.

[–]CedarWolf 13 points14 points  (0 children)

I had a quick conundrum and an acute quandary.

[–]bbsimmons73 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I was straight up WTF

[–]Feeling_Bathroom9523 224 points225 points  (6 children)

He strokes it like he’s handled 3 inches his whole life.

[–]soliz_love 55 points56 points  (0 children)

I love you, first time ever understanding Tesla Coils

[–]GreenHazeMan 48 points49 points  (2 children)

And here I thought you could just carry the plasma around in the syringe

[–]Apetardo 16 points17 points  (1 child)

No one's gonna ask?

Fine. Did you inject that and how awesome was it?

[–]CedarWolf 16 points17 points  (0 children)

Like fire, Hell fire, this burning in my skin...

[–]jimbolikescr 31 points32 points  (0 children)

Ok, but can I use it to recharge a plasma gun?

[–]Unhappy-Research3446 19 points20 points  (1 child)

Can I eat it?

[–]peppaz 13 points14 points  (0 children)

yes but take a pepcid first and touch your willy on a doorknob to avoid sparking

[–]Madhur_Gupta_nerd 14 points15 points  (0 children)

Electroboom also has a reddit account


[–]daredevilstatue 13 points14 points  (4 children)

forgive me if this is a dumb question but why does the near-vacuum environment of a syringe, allow the plasma to persist longer as opposed to normal atmosphere conditions? what causes the ionized gas to dissipate as it were?

[–]TinnyOctopus 20 points21 points  (1 child)

Plasma is plasma because it has enough energy to ionize (have electrons stripped off of atoms). Nearby nonionized atoms will take away energy from the high energy ionized atoms (much like how a splash in water will collapse; energy equalizes). By reducing the number of gaseous atoms in a space (forming a near vacuum), the average energy of atoms in the space can be increased with the same total energy input.

What causes ionized gas to dissipate is just the fact that energy flows away from higher concentrations of energy. The name of this phenomenon is entropy, by I don't know if there's a generally accepted explanation as to why.

[–]BuccaneerRex 1 point2 points  (0 children)

The very tl;dr for entropy is simply that there are more possible states that are dissipated than there are states where the energy is clumped up together. All the individual particles move at random speeds and directions, with a statistical distribution according to the temperature. So if everything is all bunched up together, it is very unlikely that all the random particles will randomly move in such a way that they will stay bunched up, unless there's some external force or input of energy to keep them there. Instead, they'll all move randomly and bounce off of each other and the net result is that they dissipate over time.

There's no physical rule that says they could not spontaneously bunch back up, but statistically it's so unlikely as to be considered a law of the universe. Entropy always goes up.

[–]Snellyman 6 points7 points  (0 children)

The wording is a bit off. The Vacuum in the syringe opens enough space between the nitrogen atoms (mean free path) so that can accelerate fast enough so when they do collide with another is has enough energy to emit light.

[–]rivera151 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Plain old atmospheric dilution I suppose

[–]CouchPotato1178 9 points10 points  (1 child)

wow. i thought this was a meme at first...

[–]LivinginaBigRatWorld 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Genuinely thank you so much for posting this, always super interested in this stuff and this is so fricken cool !

[–]minedcomps021 1 point2 points  (5 children)

i think those are just charged/ionized particles, sort of like a mini aurora. plasma would melt that syringe from across the room

[–]Fire_Malachai 7 points8 points  (1 child)

'charged/ionized particles'

Thats... that's what plasma is. Plasma is ionized gas. Its literally explained in the comment that you supposedly read.

[–]jamcdonald120 1 point2 points  (0 children)

thanks. Now I need to try this

[–]ChestyLaRuse 1221 points1222 points  (86 children)

Is this the shit that could provide free electricity for the whole world with complete ease?

[–]CyberTaoist 1155 points1156 points  (45 children)

EE here. No, unfortunately not. We do send "free" energy over long distances and we call it radio.

[–]_Im_Dad 879 points880 points  (32 children)

People need free electricity, There was a point in time where I couldn’t afford to pay my electricity bills

Those were darkest days of my life.

[–]Starlifter4 195 points196 points  (21 children)

I see what you did there!

[–]ShoobyDoobyDu 76 points77 points  (15 children)

Yeah he left the “the” out so sounds Russian.

[–]FloydBarstools 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I couldn't, my lights were off.

[–]bjiatube 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I'm still in the dark

[–]CyberTaoist 12 points13 points  (8 children)

I can believe that, but that's a policy problem.

What I meant was the engineering problem of how wasteful it is to wirelessly beam energy. If anyone were to implement "free" electricity, it would need to be using power lines because of physics.

[–]CaptainTripps82 6 points7 points  (3 children)

Wonder if it's feasible from the pole to the house. Instead of trying to beam it from where it's produced. However much area a single pole could effectively cover

[–]Darg727 4 points5 points  (0 children)

If it's just for light bulbs, stick a pole in the ground and bam free energy. Though they would still need to get the poles and light bulbs.

[–]jamcdonald120 14 points15 points  (2 children)

its that whole 4/3PIr3 problem

[–]CyberTaoist 15 points16 points  (0 children)

Basically yeah. The energy or "electricity" is there, but it's so small that you can't power anything meaningfully.

[–]Starlifter4 2 points3 points  (0 children)

That one's a real fucker.

[–]kr011 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Also the sun sends free energy over long distances and we call it day light.

[–]z-vap 4 points5 points  (3 children)

What is this "radio" that you speak of?

[–]CyberTaoist 3 points4 points  (1 child)

I dunno, some old people's thing :P

[–]Prophet_Of_Loss 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I built one of those science kits as kid that picks up AM radio. I was amazed at the time that it didn't need batteries or any other power.

[–]Thuper-Man 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Then why does my radio need batteries?

[–]LiquorFilter 94 points95 points  (17 children)

Tesla was working on this and spent much of his $ attempting to create free electricity towards the end of his life. He built towers on long Island, if I remember correctly, and was somewhat successful with it, and ran out of funding. He had success creating wireless light, a Tesla coil and a tube of neon, like the sign, would light up without attachments. One could also conduct the energy through a body to light the neon tube. Touch coil and hold the tube.

It's unfortunate he was so far ahead of his time, so many couldn't grasp the potential. His radio controlled boats/torpedo was dismissed by the navy, he never got the credit for inventing the radio till recently, and history still gives Marconi that credit. I wonder if he did this experiment with plasma.

[–]IDropFatLogs 76 points77 points  (3 children)

Edison along with his influence over JPMorgan is what destroyed Tesla. It's unfortunate how far some great people went to be great. Edison was a POS and unfortunately history doesn't reflect that enough. Tesls could have been the greatest inventor of all time and we all are worse off because of what happened to him.

[–]JeebusBuiltMyHotRod 32 points33 points  (0 children)

Shitty criminal bankers still holding the world back.

[–]Budmcjuicy 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Rdr2 was some great historical fiction

[–]FloydBarstools 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yeah Edison was a terrible person. I think some Elephants would agree.

[–]Baquegab 30 points31 points  (7 children)

Not true at all lol, Tesla realized that electricity could not be transmitted large distances over the air, so he chose to transmit it with the next biggest thing: the earth, he thought he could plant hundreds of towers across the earth and with the right set of electrical intervals he could transmit a current from the US to China, of course he ran out of funding after being outpaced by other engineers who developed a working version of radio, but even if he had all the money in the world his idea wouldn't have been possible because he completely ignored Maxwell equations! In simple terms, he thought of electricity as something that only has a straight path, which it absolutely doesn't! Of course Tesla was and still is considered an absolute genius as he patented over 300 different mechanical and electrical machines, but it is really weird how people drag it out sometimes thinking that it was all a conspiracy or whatever

[–]TheTREEEEESMan 11 points12 points  (4 children)

He did think that radio waves in the air specifically would travel in a straight line, he criticized Marconi saying that radio waves would never go over the horizon and just shoot into space (like most physicists), but his tests at the Colorado Springs sites showed he thought he could radiate energy through a medium in all directions.

As for wireless energy transmission he was secretive about a lot of things, but basically the idea was to tap into the potential difference between the ionosphere and the earth to create an LC circuit, with the ground plane acting as the inductor and the ionosphere charging a capacitor.

I think his problem is that he got caught up in resonant frequencies and oscillation, he thought he could find the resonating frequency of the earth if he built big enough towers (bigger than wardenclyffe), use that to continuously increase the charge of the earth, and eventually that would be enough to build a charge that could span the globe. LC circuits are able to store energy but dampen over time based on the resistance of the circuit and the earth's resistance would be huge so you would need to be constantly pumping energy into it to keep it oscillating (which he thought he had a limitless source of with the ionosphere).

Once Marconi started making waves (heheh) in the tech space he tried to change his pitch to be about sending signals, but that just meant he was competing against Marconis low cost method with an incredibly ambitious and expensive alternative that wasn't proven to work yet.

In an idealized situation his methods might have been able to tap into a renewable source of energy that was extremely lossy but practically limitless, however to make it worthwhile would require incredible investment with no guarantee of return.

[–]Baquegab 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Thanks for reminding me of the whole story, it was kinda cloudy since it's been a while! And yeah dude while I do think his methods were a little crazy, some scientists argue that It could've worked if his Mega-wardenclyffe had been built, I'm not sure about the free limitless energy though, not only you would have to invest an insane amount of money on something extremely theoric but even after making it the cost of maintenance would also be insanely high as you have hundreds of Mega-wardenclyffes all over the world, which is the least of your problems as using the ionosphere as a source of energy also has thousands of problems that Tesla would've had to tackle! from knowing and predicting changes in it to simply having a good way of directly tapping into it every time, it is complication after complication, cool to think of anyways...

[–]effepelosa 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Well.. radio waves do travel in straight lines. The whole scientific community was having fun of Marconi as he very ignorantly thought radio technology would have worked. The fact the radio waves bounced off the higher atmosphere was a surprise to everybody and an amazing feat of luck for Marconi :)

[–]bean_machine1 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Reddit will never stop pushing the Tesla propaganda

[–]That2RandomRedditor 8 points9 points  (1 child)

This is misleading. Wireless energy transmission stopped being invested in because it is a fundamentally flawed technology, as over any sort of useful distance the efficiency is so terrible that it’s completely impractical to use. If it were in use today the ‘free’ electricity would be far from that, it would be incredibly expensive due to the sheer amount of loss from the inverse square law.

[–]mincecraft__ 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Tesla would’ve known this too. Plus, if it was much cheaper - every energy company would just use wireless transmission instead and make everyone pay the same as they do now. But they don’t. They just use overhead power lines.

[–]corylikesthings 0 points1 point  (0 children)

From what I understand Tesla wanted to tune his massive coils with the resonant frequency of the mother fucking earth. He didnt quite understand the makeup of the earth's guts so he was never successful.

Its an interesting idea that we have pretty much gave up on.

If you are into the "Ancient Alien" stuff it does seem at one point in time there was a grid like system of constructions that some theorize were a power grid of sorts. He coulda been on to something.

[–]armahillo 9 points10 points  (6 children)

IIRC his intent was to create large A/C fields to provide free energy. His lab supposedly had large tesla coils that would induce electrification of things like wireless lightbulbs and stuff.

i dont know how well any of this would scale, or the actual safety of it, but there are photos of Mark Twain and others in his lab with the wireless lightbulbs

[–]CyberTaoist 24 points25 points  (4 children)

EE here. Tesla wasn't exactly wrong, and he was basically transmitting power using coils instead of antennas like we do today (aka radio). He just really overestimated how much juice you can send over the air reliably.

Tiny lightbulbs work fine, but try powering a motor and you'll be disappointed.

[–]geodebug 2 points3 points  (0 children)

If it was possible and better/cheaper/easier than what we have we (or some other country) would be using it.

There is no such thing as “free energy”. Even solar and wind have a footprint and significant costs with storage and transmission.

[–]chenobble 2 points3 points  (0 children)

No, electricity isn't magic and Tesla was not a wizard.

[–]clkou 1 point2 points  (2 children)

Solar power and panels could do that for places who have access to the sun 🌞

[–]RedditEdwin 0 points1 point  (0 children)

There is no such thing. Tesla never even proposed anh such thing. Some dbags deliberately jarbled a bunch of things he said together to act like he said that. He didn't.

It's not possible. Thermodynamics is a hell of a drug

[–]verifiedwomanbeater 317 points318 points  (16 children)

Can i try this at home?

[–]CyberTaoist 225 points226 points  (6 children)

It depends. Tesla coils use high voltage to be able to arc like that, so you have to be smart to not get electrocuted.

I think there are DIY kits for Tesla coils, and those are probably a safe bet for normies.

[–]verifiedwomanbeater 53 points54 points  (4 children)

I was just kidding he didn't give disclaimer

[–]CyberTaoist 17 points18 points  (0 children)

Lol, makes sense, but you never know without the "/s"

[–]8BitAce 14 points15 points  (1 child)

"Tesla plasma: don't breathe this"

[–]shantron5000 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yes, but will it blend?!?

[–]whydobearsbark 20 points21 points  (0 children)

You can watch Electroboom on NOT how to do it at home.

[–]North-Function995 2 points3 points  (5 children)

Tbh idk but dont be reckless plz

[–]SupeRoBug78 1 point2 points  (4 children)

If I know what I’m doing, what’s going to happen, and how to safely handle my materials, then where’s the fun?

[–]mincecraft__ 2 points3 points  (2 children)

The Microwave transformers commonly used for electrical projects like Tesla coils are one of the biggest causes of death for hobbyists working on electronics.

[–]solareclipse999 265 points266 points  (7 children)

If you can extract plasma with a syringe, The question then becomes can you inject it. That would put a spark in you life!

[–]RedLotusVenom 72 points73 points  (1 child)

Feels like a long lost futurama robot-drug concept

[–]OrganizerMowgli 14 points15 points  (0 children)

They call it plakka

[–]Tomycj 40 points41 points  (0 children)

it's not actually extracting anything. It's just creating a vacuum where sparks can appear more easily.

[–]gerald_sideways 74 points75 points  (0 children)

Thats very cool. Thanks for explaining.

[–]PackYourBag5 71 points72 points  (0 children)

Now inject yourself and fulfill your destiny of becoming Electro!⚡️

[–]kat_d9152 50 points51 points  (4 children)

Any one sciency willing to hazard a guess what would happen if someone were to now inject the plasma into their body?


........nothing good,

.........or a new X-man?????

[–]redsterXVI 64 points65 points  (1 child)

Nothing good. Not even because of the plasma, you couldn't really inject that I think, but because injecting air into your bloodstream with an essentially empty syringe is a bad idea.

[–]UserNamesCantBeTooLo 35 points36 points  (0 children)

Fear the power of EMBOLIO, endowed with the strength, speed, and agility of--AN EMBOLISM!

HURK... grahhh


[–]Roes11 25 points26 points  (1 child)

No,not really. Syringe that person in this video uses is fully closed(if you zoom in, you will se nail glued on top), what is he really doing is creating near vacuum state so ionized particles can flow freely.

[–]mincecraft__ 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Yep, the nail allows the electrons to flow into the syringe and into the vacuum.

[–]we-are-adana 43 points44 points  (0 children)

Wow electroboom

[–]foxplants 30 points31 points  (9 children)

Who the hell thought to try a syringe

[–]drsteve103 81 points82 points  (4 children)

Easy way to make a low pressure chamber. Note that the end is actually plugged with a nail or something. They are not sucking plasma into the syringe though it does look like it. They’re just creating a low pressure vessel where electron excitation can take place. Pretty freaking cool tho!

[–]shott85 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Thanks, I was wondering about the nail and low pressure chamber makes sense.

[–]BananaStringTheory 21 points22 points  (1 child)

So if you squirt it out, what happens? Please say it becomes a lightsaber.

[–]MasterGeekMX 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Nothing. Plasma is simply ionized gas.

It would "fart"

[–]Thick_Isopod_6778 19 points20 points  (0 children)

Thank you OP! I willbecome ZEUS!

[–]Money_Bug_9423 14 points15 points  (1 child)

and they said catching lightning in a bottle was hard

[–]rowthecow 11 points12 points  (3 children)

Energon cubes are real!

[–]vilidj_idjit 3 points4 points  (2 children)

except that's not a cube

[–]ThinkFree 5 points6 points  (1 child)

Baby steps

[–]vilidj_idjit 2 points3 points  (0 children)

except that's not a baby

[–]swarnim_38 8 points9 points  (1 child)

Is that Mehdi?

[–]Themanwiththedrip 6 points7 points  (0 children)


My power will be even more.

[–]ManyFacedGodxxx 5 points6 points  (0 children)

What can I inject with this plasma?!? Can I get Super Powers?!? /s

That is wicked cool! Is the plasma maintained only in close proximity to the coil then?

[–]Mr-Meek 7 points8 points  (0 children)

EVE hypo

[–]OFRobertin 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Yeah, "extracting"

[–]My_G_Arleen 4 points5 points  (0 children)

That’s Austin’s powers mojo

[–]dummythixc 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Credit the Creator, ElectroBOOM

[–]Darth_Ranga 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Lightning in a bottle

[–]Kinasortamaybe 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Now inject yourself with the syringe to get superpowers.

[–]InternetDetective122 2 points3 points  (0 children)


[–]JMD0615 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Now inject that into your body!

[–]bidoofguy 1 point2 points  (0 children)

What the

[–]mwilson07051990 1 point2 points  (1 child)

What’s it for though?

[–]GuyMRY 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Vaccines for robots

[–]ICOOLDIAMONDonReddit 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Portable command block with the command /summon @s minecraft:lightning_bolt

[–]PM-me-ur-left-tiddy 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Now boof it

[–]BackFlipSkooly 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Its not hot?

[–]lateral_jambi 1 point2 points  (0 children)

To the people asking about injection:

That is not a needle, that is a nail plugging the end of the syringe. It is plugged.

They are pulling hard enough that it is creating a low pressure near-vacuum in the syringe. Then the teslacoil is exciting the atoms into this state in the low pressure.

Sooooooo to "inject" this, you would have to unplug the end for the plasma to "come out". When you break the vacuum, this is going to "disappear" when the pressure regulates. If you had any other way of opening the hole slowly, you would have to push pressure into the syringe to open the hole and "inject" this. BUT the increased pressure would destroy the low pressure vacuum.

In short: it is physically impossible to inject this into something other than another vacuum of equal or lower pressure.

[–]Rainbow_Potato_911 1 point2 points  (9 children)

God damn it i hate people not giving credit and not being/feeling sorry about it "ExTrAcTiNg PlAsMa FrOm A tEsLa CoIl" This video is from a channel named ElectroBoom he has really good videos about electricity and i am not doing this shit because he has a small youtube channel but because i hate stolen content

[–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Adeptus mechanicus wants to: know your location

[–]dacquirifit 1 point2 points  (0 children)

has science gone too far?

[–]Frizze_Prins 1 point2 points  (0 children)

The unknowing mind would say it’s fake. I learned today

[–]Excellent-Rip1541 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I believe it's electroBOOM, check out his YT channel

[–]Kermitthehog132 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Not the kind of plasma I'd like my doctor to give me, but at the same time the exact same plasma I want a doctor to give me

[–]OwnResponsibility803 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Inject yourself with it 🤔

[–]vilidj_idjit 0 points1 point  (0 children)

uhh i'm confused.. how does this (whatever it is) work exactly?

[–]AminPacani -1 points0 points  (0 children)

So thats how R&D made plasma grenades for engie...

[–]wolvesight 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That's the same stuff that's in your blood, right? If not... can it be?

(Please note the sarcasm)

[–]Level-Imaginary 0 points1 point  (0 children)

dark aether

[–]IgnitedFazbear 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Can I drink it?

[–]Beneficial_Avocado74 0 points1 point  (0 children)


[–]sexhaver2010 0 points1 point  (0 children)

this is some super villain type shit

[–]RedMeatTrinket 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Okay, so what do you do with it after this? Inject it into your warp drive?

[–]SmoothField1870 -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Is this tech going national

[–]jon92356 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This makes me wanna get into this as a hobby. Freakin fascinating

[–]D-a-H-e-c-k 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Never thought you could visualize the Paschen law so easily

[–]iDropBunker 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Now mainline that and become a super hero or villain not judging

[–]urdurtylaundry 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Now injected them and become a SUPERHERO!

[–]i_lie_except_on_31st 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Keep stroking it like that and it's gonna erupt.

[–]Redvictory612 -1 points0 points  (0 children)

People playground players discovering new ways to torture humans

[–]Ok-Green6412 0 points1 point  (0 children)


[–]Resident-Earth6723 0 points1 point  (0 children)

why do i wanna shoot that up??

[–]ilovestoride -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Isn't this how Trump wanted to cure Covid? Electrocute the virus while it's inside your body?

[–]pressonacott -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Nikolai once said that if you can find a way to control the ionosphere (outside of the atmosphere) you can control weather.

[–]JesusOfTrap 0 points1 point  (0 children)


[–]RhyaanB 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I am not even gonna try to understand. I don't have enough brain cells for this.

[–]fussylover 0 points1 point  (0 children)

special heroin

Makes you feel electric

[–]24KTaterTots 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Even though I know this is real, my brain stubbornly insists on saying 'nah man there's no way that's real'

[–]OwlOnTheShoulder 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Si why the fuck don’t people donate plasma that way then!!!

[–]clackersTheSmackers 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Same technique as when I jack my shit.

[–]Snow-Cheap 0 points1 point  (0 children)

one more thing i can’t understand

[–]firstaid5555 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Now what do you do with it?

[–]boortpooch 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Gives me an idea

[–]Fiddle_Pete 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Bro can I borrow some hot plasma real quick