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Even the manner, in which the pulse exploded as bright white
discharges of greatly transformed voltage, suggested the way in which
gases behave when released from their confinements under pressure.
These reflective meditations convinced Tesla that this effect was not purely
electrical in nature. Closely examining the white flames, Tesla realized why
there was no measurable "electrical current" at the crown of these activated
coils. The normal heavy charge carriers, electrons, could not travel as
quickly as the radiant pulse itself. Choked in the metallic lattice of the coil,
electrons became immobile. No electron current moved through the coil at
all. The radiant pulse, which moved over the coil surface, was therefore not
electronic in nature.