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
UNIGE team will organize the International Conference on Laser Filamentation, COFIL 2018, in Geneva on June 25- 29 2018. COFIL 2018 is the 7th of a very successful series of biennial conferences bringing together scientists working in the field of ultrashort and intense laser filamentation and its applications.
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.
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Pr J-P Wolf (UNIGE) talks about the laser lightning rod on German TV.
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.
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During their 2nd meeting in Santis, Switzerland, the LLR team visited the Santis tower, where the lightning campaign will be performed. Transportation, installation and weather conditions were the main topics addressed.
Marcos Rubinstein (HES-SO) and Farhad Rachidi (EPFL) will present the LLR project and the preliminary analysis on upward negative flashes recorded at the Santis Station during the Asian Electromagnetics Symposium which will be held in Bangalore this summer. Read the abstract (pdf)
Prof. Jean-Pierre Wolf from the UNIGE team gave an interview on the German National Radio about laser rods. “These laser pulses are so intense that they change the characteristics of the air, they ionize the air and create an electrically charged channel, which has a diameter of only one tenth of a millimeter, but can be very long, up to 100 meters. A kind of ultra-intense Spaghetti.” Read the full interview
The LLR team officially launched the project during the meeting held in CNRS headquarters, Paris. The Management Committee went through the detailed workplan and the work in progress for each work package.
The European consortium LASERLAB-EUROPE presents the LLR project in his Newsletter.