Pr. Jean-Pierre Wolf, winner of the 2018 ZEISS Research Award

The ZEISS Research Award promotes outstanding achievements in the field of optics.  Jean-Pierre Wolf, Professor at the University of Geneva, will be honored for his groundbreaking application of ultra-short, ultra-intense laser pulses in researching the earth’s atmosphere. His research makes it possible to find out more about pollutants in the earth’s atmosphere and potentially control lightning and condensation in clouds.

The awards will be presented during the ZEISS Symposium “Optics in the Quantum World” on 18 April 2018 at the ZEISS Forum in Oberkochen

A new fet-open project to develop a laser lightning rod

The European Commission gave its approval to the laser lightning rod project, funded under the Horizon2020 programme. The LLR project aims 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.