Laser triggered discharges
From: Steve Date[SMTP:sdate-at-gte-dot-net]
Reply To: sdate-at-gte-dot-net
Sent: Thursday, August 28, 1997 12:58 PM
To: Tesla List
Subject: Laser triggered discharges
For those of you that were discussing lasers opening a path for longer
discharges a few months ago.....
A article in this months "PHOTONICS" (Aug)
"Researchers at Osaka University and Kansai Electric Power Co. announced
last month that a laser beam "attracted" lightning to a metal tower atop
a mountian at Wakasa Bay."
It goes on to describe the setup as a CO2 laser and two large aperture
Cassegrain telescopes aimed at a thundercloud just before it was about
to discharge (1-kJ, 50-ns laser pulses).
The article states that they are trying to find a way to divert
lightning hits away from power lines.
Here's a new way to get that extra inch of spark we all seem to need.