Scientists manipulate electricity's path to go around objects using lasers

06/25/2015 - 00:00

By John Ambrosio -

We live in a world where diverting lightning strikes with the help of lasers is already more or less a reality. With that insanely sci-fi concept in the can, researchers have begun getting down to the nitty-gritty: telling it where to go.

“If you are able to guide electrical discharges, you can guide lightning and it can go, for instance, where you can collect the energy of the lightning,” said Matteo Clerici, the lead author of a new study released today in Science Advances that could help scientists do just that.


Ref: Laser-assisted guiding of electric discharges around objects. Science Advances (2015) | DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1400111