I'm relying heavily on ill-defined ultra-high frequency turbulence to repel electrons that are magnetically inbound before they have a chance to overcome the vaccuum and create an arc. So much fun stuff came to mind, but I cut it short for 100 words. In actuality, the ultra-high frequency turbulence would cause an anti-gravity effect in all directions which would push the device away from any surface including the ground. Only by bolting something to the device (from within the safety of an anti-static chamber) could you actually keep the device from floating away from you whenever you got too close.
The down-side of the device is obviously that it spits out gamma radiation. Each device would have a specific capacity. Or only be able to diffuse a specific charge without risking excess electrons/ions making it to the vaccuum and creating an arc/mega-explosion. Let's say that a single device can safely diffuse up to a gigajoule (about twice the energy of an average bolt of lightning) of energy per second safely (without damage to the device). Any charge greater than 1 gigajoule will risk electrons arcing to the core causing small explosions of photons which (often) result in the device beginning to melt down and becoming increasingly unstable. Any charge greater than 2 gagajoules (about the energy of a huge bolt of lightning) or prolonged absorption of > 1 gigajoule will result in a meltdown of the supermagnet and/or the vaccuum shielding. Either result will end in a catastrophic explosion.
Greater amounts of energy can be diffused through connecting two or more mobile grounds together.
Also, the bomb aspect. Yes, 1 oz of antimatter would create a massive boom! I'm not too physics-minded, so to put it in perspective, 1 oz of antimatter is enough to fuel a rocket on a one-way trip from the ground to the moon.Go to Comment
Any large airship has the problem of static electricity buildup which can't be discharged until the ship lands. Over time, the static electricity will lessen the amount of electricity that is fed to devices, computers, life-support etc. Attaching a mobile ground to an uninhabited part of the ship instantly resolves the problem.
Example: It takes 120V to power your computer. If there is a 10V electrostatic buildup on the ship's ground, you would only be able to create a current of 110V. If there is a 30V electrostatic buildup, you'd only get 90V which would cause any 120V system to fail. Electrostatic buildup is the devil.Go to Comment