A longstanding dream…

Power outages, forest fires, electronic and infrastructure damages, personal injuries… Controlling lightning is a long time dream of mankind. Although lightning protection techniques have seen considerable progress in the past, the best external lightning protection to date is still based on the concept of the lightning rod, invented by Benjamin Franklin almost 300 years ago.

The LLR project aims to investigate and develop a new type of lightning protection using a laser-based technique to stimulate the number of upward lightning flashes with the aim of transferring cloud charges to the ground and thus to influence the incidence of downward natural lightning.

 

News

HESSO and EPFL team at the 2017 International Symposium on Lightning Protection

Marcos Rubinstein (HES-SO),  Farhad Rachidi (EPFL), and PhD students Amirhossein Mostajabi (EPFL) and Mohammad Azadifar (EPFL) presented their work on simultaneous records of lightning current at 380 km distance associated with a bipolar flash initiated from the Säntis station during the International Symposium on Lightning Protection (XIV SIPDA) in Natale, Brazil. Read the article (pdf)

CNRS team at the LPHYS’17 conference

Aurelien Houard (CNRS) was invited to give a talk at the Laser Physics workshops which will be held in Kazan, Russia, on july 17th. The LLR coordinator will present the project as well as the previous results obtained so far. Read the abstract (pdf)

LLR PROJECT HAS RECEIVED FUNDING FROM THE EUROPEAN UNION’S HORIZON 2020 RESEARCH AND INNOVATION PROGRAMME.
Grant agreement: 737033
Funded under: H2020-EU 1.2.1-FET-OPEN