Scientists develop laser system as a lightning rod





Scientists have developed a way to act as a lightning rod. Laser system The system uses laser beams that travel through the air. The lightning follows the path of the lasers, as this is the path of least resistance.

The concept was conceived and designed by scientists from universities in Arizona and Florida, as reports ExtremeTech. In order to make it work as a lightning conductor lasers, there are at least two are needed, the former is used to shoot a light beam in the air, while a second is required in order to strengthen as this “extinguishes” the light beam.

Normally select the lightning path of least resistance, something conventional metal lightning conductors are based: they catch the lightning, for example on top of a tall building, and lead the power to the ground. Scientists think they can create so that the building is completely bypassed. A path of least resistance to the laser system When a laser beam travels through the air, the air becomes ionized, which then causes the lightning chooses the ionized path, since it conducts heat faster than “normal” air.

For the time being, the laser system can not be used in practice. This is a very strong beam necessary that his focus over very large distances can be maintained. It is unclear when the scientists think that lasers can be used as lightning. Deployed in practice


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