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The Laser Lightning Rod project

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Yves-Bernard André
Benoît Mahieu
Bruno Esmiller
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Gilles Fournier
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Thomas Metzger
Aurélien Houard

Abstract

Lightning is highly destructive due to its high power density and unpredictable character. Directing lightning away would allow to protect sensitive sites from its direct and indirect impacts (electromagnetic perturbations). Up to now, lasers have been unable to guide lightning efficiently since they were not offering simultaneously terawatt peak powers and kHz repetition rates. In the framework of the Laser Lightning Rod project, we develop a laser system for lightning control, with J-range pulses of 1ps duration at 1kHz. The project aims at investigating its propagation in the multiple filamentation regime and its ability to control high-voltage discharges. In particular, a field campaign at the S ̈antis mountain will assess the laser ability to trigger upward lightning.
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hal-03078714 , version 1 (16-12-2020)
hal-03078714 , version 2 (19-02-2021)

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Thomas Produit, Pierre Walch, Clemens Herkommer, Amirhossein Mostajabi, Michel Moret, et al.. The Laser Lightning Rod project. European Physical Journal: Applied Physics, 2021, 93 (1), pp.10504. ⟨10.1051/epjap/2020200243⟩. ⟨hal-03078714v2⟩
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