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Lightning protection by laser

A field trial in the Swiss mountains demonstrating that an intense laser beam can guide lightning discharge over tens of metres gives hope for the development of a new form of mobile lightning protection.

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Arnold, C.L., Saraceno, C.J. & de Barros, M.T.C. Lightning protection by laser. Nat. Photon. 17, 211–212 (2023). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41566-023-01157-5

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