Accession Number : ADA289448

Title :   A Brief History of Laser Guided Lightning Discharge Models and Experiments.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. 23 May-27 Jun 94,

Corporate Author : PHILLIPS LAB HANSCOM AFB MA

Personal Author(s) : Kozma, Matthew A.

PDF Url : ADA289448

Report Date : 05 JUL 1994

Pagination or Media Count : 25

Abstract : Laser guided lightning discharge uses lasers instead of rockets to trigger lightning. Artificially triggered lightning has several important applications including aerospace vehicle launch protection and electrical power line transmission protection, among others. A brief history of the theoretical models used to predict triggered lightning, the experimentation completed with rocket triggered lightning, and the work completed on laser guided lightning discharge is presented. A bibliography of work related to lightning modeling, rocket-triggered lightning, and laser-triggered lightning is also included.

Descriptors :   *PULSED LASERS, *LIGHTNING, MAGNETIC FIELDS, EXPERIMENTAL DATA, COMPARISON, ELECTRIC DISCHARGES, CHARGE TRANSFER, CLOUD PHYSICS, LIGHTNING PROTECTION, TRIGGER CIRCUITS, ATMOSPHERIC ELECTRICITY, THUNDERSTORMS.

Subject Categories : Meteorology
      Electricity and Magnetism
      Lasers and Masers

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE