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    Giant Terawatt Laser Takes Aim at Lightning Strikes from Atop Swiss Alps

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    TRUMPF reports that the first experiments in the EU Laser Lightning Rod (LLR) project, in collaboration with the University of Geneva, are complete. The project uses a high-repetition terawatt laser that the collaborators have placed at the top of Säntis, a mountain in the Swiss Alps that houses a radio transmission tower.

    The researchers aim to use the laser system to conduct a series of weather experiments and, specifically, control lightning from storm clouds and direct the strikes to places where they will not cause damage.

    The green beam of the TRUMPF laser is clearly visible during use. It reaches infinitely far into the sky. Courtesy of TRUMPF/Martin Stollberg. Described as a “super” laser, the TRUMPF…

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    Jul, 21 2021 |

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