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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 12 — Jun. 4, 2012
  • pp: 12721–12728

Laser guiding of Tesla coil high voltage discharges

Markus Henriksson, Jean-Francois Daigle, Francis Théberge, Marc Châteauneuf, and Jacques Dubois  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 12, pp. 12721-12728 (2012)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.20.012721


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Abstract

We have investigated the guiding and triggering of discharges from a Tesla coil type 280 kHz AC high voltage source using filaments created by a femtosecond Terawatt laser pulse. Without the laser the discharges were maximum 30 cm long. With the laser straight, guided discharges up to 110 cm length were detected. The discharge length was limited by the voltage amplitude of the Tesla coil.

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OCIS Codes
(320.2250) Ultrafast optics : Femtosecond phenomena
(350.5400) Other areas of optics : Plasmas

ToC Category:
Ultrafast Optics

History
Original Manuscript: February 8, 2012
Revised Manuscript: April 3, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: May 18, 2012
Published: May 22, 2012

Citation
Markus Henriksson, Jean-Francois Daigle, Francis Théberge, Marc Châteauneuf, and Jacques Dubois, "Laser guiding of Tesla coil high voltage discharges," Opt. Express 20, 12721-12728 (2012)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-20-12-12721


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