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Kirlian Effect

One of the most general and most universally used methods in science is so-called perturbation technique.

Response to a well chosen perturbation can reveal object properties that are not obvious when the perturbation is absent.

For example, if you need to know if a wall next to you is solid or hollow, all you need to do is to "knock" it gently and listen to its response. The response of the wall (the sound it emits) reveals the wall's internal properties.

Similar approach is used to investigate properties of extremely wide range of objects in all imaginable scientific disciplines: from physical, biological, Real World objects and systems to objects of purely hypothetical and imaginary nature such as mathematical models.

Kirlian Effect is a visible electro-photonic glow of an object (see the picture on the right) in response to pulsed electrical field excitation.

The magnitude of the excitation is adjusted to induce the avalanche effect in the gas surrounding the object. The avalanche effect amplifies the response of the object so that it can be observed as a visible glow. The effect has been observed by Tesla late in 19th century, but named after Semion Kirlian who investigated it since 1930s.

Note, that there is no point exciting object in vacuum, since the avalanche effect amplification of the object response can only occur in ionised gas.


Much like a sound of a disturbed wall reveals its internal properties, the visible electro-photonic glow contains information about the object that was excited to glow.

In early days, Kirlian images were recorded on photographic emulsion. Since the sensitivity of a photographic emulsion varies greatly with environmental factors such as humidity, recordings were not reproducible. As a result, some scientists dismissed the Kirlian effect as useless.

Modern GDV instruments developed by Prof Korotkov use glass electrodes and their recordings are highly reproducible in a wide range of environmental conditions.

Using reproducible recording techniques we can focus on the INFORMATION encoded in stimulated electro-photonic images.

Electro-photonic Kirlian glow around a human fingertip recorded using GDV camera. View from underneath, through a semi-transparent glass electrode that provided electrical field excitation.