P5_1 Light-ning Rod

Ben Woodward, Fracis Davies, Sabahuddin Humayun


The following paper aims to introduce the reader to the potential application of lasers as generators of paths of ionised gas that will act as lightning conductors in the event of a storm. Using a simple model of laser operation, values for energy, pulse duration and ultimately, power required have been calculated. While yielding no revolutionary data in the field of weather manipulation, the subject of this paper remains a valid source of research.

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