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Re: air ionization w/laser

Original poster: "D.C. Cox" <resonance@xxxxxxxxxx>

They have this system in operation at the Univ. of New Mexico. A researcher is using a 30 watt argon-ion laser to trigger strikes.

Dr. Resonance

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Subject: air ionization w/laser

Original poster: Ian Macky <ian@xxxxxxxxx>

How much laser power is needed to ionize air?  Am thinking triggering
and directing strikes.  If you could ionize, the strike should follow
that straight path, yes?  The people at wickedlasers.com have green
handhelds up to 300mw, compared to 5mw for typical red pointer.   --ian