Magnetic Fields, Ball Lightning and Campanology

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WOODING suggests1 that ball lightning is a plasma vortex ring structure produced by a process similar to the ablation of a solid surface by a high power laser pulse. A plasma vortex ring structure requires a magnetic field; here I present two pieces of evidence to show that a magnetic field is associated with ball lightning, and which may help to confirm this hypothesis.

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    Wooding, E. R., Nature, 239, 394 (1972).

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    Mühleisen, R., Kosmos, 68.4, 159 (1972).

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    Nichols, J. R., Bells Thro' the Ages, 277 (Chapman and Hall, London, 1928).

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BLAIR, A. Magnetic Fields, Ball Lightning and Campanology. Nature 243, 512–513 (1973) doi:10.1038/243512b0

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