Book chapter

On Lightning Control Using Lasers

Published inProgress in Ultrafast Intense Laser Science : Volume V, Editors Yamanouchi, K. & Giuletti, A. & Ledingham, K., p. 109-122
PublisherBerlin, Heidelberg : Springer Berlin Heidelberg
  • Springer Series in Chemical Physics; 98
Publication date2010

After a quick review of historic lightning research, we discuss developments aiming at triggering and guiding lightning using lasers. We recall the limitations inherent to high-energy, nanosecond pulses and discuss the new perspective introduced by the advent of ultrashort, high-power laser pulses and the long ionized filaments they induce in air. After describing a recent field campaign where the triggering of electric activity in thunderclouds by ultrashort lasers was demonstrated for the first time, we discuss perspectives for improvements of both the sequence of laser pulses and the experimental configuration.

Citation (ISO format)
KASPARIAN, Jérôme, WOLF, Jean-Pierre. On Lightning Control Using Lasers. In: Progress in Ultrafast Intense Laser Science : Volume V. Berlin, Heidelberg : Springer Berlin Heidelberg, 2010. p. 109–122. (Springer Series in Chemical Physics) doi: 10.1007/978-3-642-03825-9_6
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