He had discovered a new induction law, one where radiant shock-waves actually auto-intensified when encountering segmented objects. The segmentation was the key to releasing the action. Radiant shock-waves encountered a helix and “flashed over” the outer skin, from end to end. This shock-wave did not pass through the windings of the coil at all, treating the coil surface as an aerodynamic plane. A consistent increase in electrical pressure was measured along the coil surface. Indeed, Tesla stated that voltages could often be increased at an amazing 10,000 volts per inch of axial coil surface. This meant that a 24-inch coil could absorb radiant shock-waves, which initially measured 10,000 volts, with a subsequent maximum rise to 240,000 volts! Such transformations of voltage were unheard with apparatus of this volume and simplicity. Tesla further discovered that the output voltages were mathematically related to the resistance of turns in the helix. High resistance meant higher voltage maxima.
He began referring to his disruptor line as his special “primary’, and to the helical coil placed within the shock-zone, as his special “secondary”. But he never intended anyone to equate these terms with those referring to magneto-electric transformers. This discovery was indeed completely different from magneto-induction. There was a real and measurable reason why he could make this outlandish statement. There was an attribute which completely baffled Tesla for a time. Tesla measured a zero current condition in these long copper secondary coils. He determined that the current, which should have appeared, was completely absent.
Pure voltage was rising with each inch of coil surface. Tesla constantly referred to his “electrostatic induction laws”, a principle which few comprehended. Tesla called the combined disruptor and secondary helix a “Transformer”. Tesla Transformers are not electromagnetic devices; they use radiant shock-waves, and produce pure voltage without current. Each transformer conducted a specific impulse duration with special force. Therefore each had to be “tuned” by adjusting the disruptor to that specific impulse duration. Adjustments of arc distance provided this control factor. Once each transformer was tuned to its own special response rate, impulses could flow smoothly through the system like gas flowing in a pipe.