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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 16, Iss. 8 — Apr. 14, 2008
  • pp: 5757–5763

Electric events synchronized with laser filaments in thunderclouds

Jérôme Kasparian, Roland Ackermann, Yves-Bernard André, Grégoire Méchain, Guillaume Méjean, Bernard Prade, Philipp Rohwetter, Estelle Salmon, Kamil Stelmaszczyk, Jin Yu, André Mysyrowicz, Roland Sauerbrey, Ludger Wöste, and Jean-Pierre Wolf  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 16, Issue 8, pp. 5757-5763 (2008)

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We investigated the possibility to trigger real-scale lightning using ionized filaments generated by ultrashort laser pulses in the atmosphere. Under conditions of high electric field during two thunderstorms, we observed a statistically significant number of electric events synchronized with the laser pulses, at the location of the filaments. This observation suggests that corona discharges may have been triggered by filaments.

© 2008 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(010.1300) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric propagation
(140.7090) Lasers and laser optics : Ultrafast lasers
(190.5940) Nonlinear optics : Self-action effects
(190.7110) Nonlinear optics : Ultrafast nonlinear optics
(350.5400) Other areas of optics : Plasmas

ToC Category:
Atmospheric and Oceanic Optics

Original Manuscript: March 5, 2008
Revised Manuscript: March 14, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: March 18, 2008
Published: April 10, 2008

Jerome Kasparian, Roland Ackermann, Yves-Bernard André, Grégoire Méchain, Guillaume Méjean, Bernard Prade, Philipp Rohwetter, Estelle Salmon, Kamil Stelmaszczyk, Jin Yu, André Mysyrowicz, Roland Sauerbrey, Ludger Woeste, and Jean-Pierre Wolf, "Electric events synchronized with laser filaments in thunderclouds," Opt. Express 16, 5757-5763 (2008)

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