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Progress towards lightning control using lasers

Ackermann, Roland
Andre, Yves-Bernard
Mechain, Gregoire
Mejean, Guillaume
Prade, Bernard
Rohwetter, Philipp
Salmon, Estelle
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Published in Journal of the European Optical Society. Rapid publications. 2008, vol. 3, 08035
Abstract Lightning research needs on-demand lightning strikes, because of the random character of natural lightning. Lasers have been proposed as alternatives to the current technique using rocket-pulled wires, because they would expectedly provide more flexibility. However, highenergy, nanosecond lasers cannot provide long connected plasma channels. In contrast, we recently reported the triggering of electric events in thunderclouds using ultrashort laser pulses. Further improvements of the laser pulse sequence and experimental geometry are discussed.
Keywords LightningUltrashort laserSelf-guidingLaser filamentsPlasma
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KASPARIAN, Jérôme et al. Progress towards lightning control using lasers. In: Journal of the European Optical Society. Rapid publications, 2008, vol. 3, p. 08035. doi: 10.2971/jeos.2008.08035 https://archive-ouverte.unige.ch/unige:54908

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