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Electric events synchronized with laser filaments in thunderclouds

Published inOptics express, vol. 16, no. 8, 5757
Publication date2008

We investigated the possibility to trigger real-scale lightning using ionized filaments generated by ultrashort laser pulses in the atmosphere. Under conditions of high electric field during two thunderstorms, we observed a statistically significant number of electric events synchronized with the laser pulses, at the location of the filaments. This observation suggests that corona discharges may have been triggered by filaments.

  • Atmospheric propagation
  • Ultrafast lasers
  • Self-action effects
  • Ultrafast nonlinear optics
  • Plasmas
  • Lightning control
Citation (ISO format)
KASPARIAN, Jérôme et al. Electric events synchronized with laser filaments in thunderclouds. In: Optics express, 2008, vol. 16, n° 8, p. 5757. doi: 10.1364/OE.16.005757
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