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Scientists use lasers to induce lightning in thunderclouds

Source: Dailytech

 

The Teramobile project is an international program dedicated to researching the nonlinear propagation of high powered pulse lasers over great distances through the atmosphere. One of the focuses of the research is triggering lightning strikes using a mobile terawatt laser unit.

In this case, the lasers trigger lightning by producing plasma filaments inside thunderclouds. The filaments conduct electricity and can cause electrical discharge.

 

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