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Laser Lightning Rod

Objective

Controlling lightning is a long time dream of mankind. The goal of the present project is to investigate and develop a new type of lightning protection based on the use of upward lightning discharges initiated through a high repetition rate multi terawatt laser. The feasibility of the novel technique and the project’s prospect of success are based on recent research providing new insights into the mechanism responsible for the guiding of electrical discharges by laser filaments, on cutting-edge high power laser technology and on the availability of the uniquely suitable Säntis lightning measurement station in Northeastern Switzerland.

The LLR consortium is ideally positioned to succeed and to raise the competitiveness of Europe in lightning control as it relies on the integration of trans-disciplinary fields in laser development, nonlinear optics, plasma physics, remote sensing, and lightning: The project team is made up of leaders in the domains of high power nonlinear propagation of laser pulses in the atmosphere, laser control of electric discharges, lightning physics, high power laser development, and high-repetition-rate lasers. In addition, the largest European company in aeronautics brings its expertise in lightning direct effects and protection means on aircraft and infrastructures.

Call for proposal

H2020-FETOPEN-1-2016-2017
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
France
Activity type
Other
EU contribution
€ 470 000

Participants (7)

UNIVERSITE DE GENEVE
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 835 000
Address
Rue Du General Dufour 24
1211 Geneve
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
TRUMPF SCIENTIFIC LASERS GMBH + COKG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 1 790 000
Address
Feringastrasse 10A
85774 Unterfohring
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
AIRBUS

Participation ended

France
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
2 Rond Point Emile Dewoitine
31700 Blagnac
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ANDRE MYSYROWICZ CONSULTANTS
France
EU contribution
€ 167 500
Address
6 Rue Gabriel
Versailles
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDERALE DE LAUSANNE
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 235 000
Address
Batiment Ce 3316 Station 1
1015 Lausanne
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
HAUTE ECOLE SPECIALISEE DE SUISSE OCCIDENTALE
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 291 000
Address
Route De Moutier 14
2800 Delemont
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
ARIANEGROUP SAS
France
EU contribution
€ 168 000
Address
Tour Cristal - 7-11 Quai Andre Citroen
75015 Paris
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)