LLR setup external view

Laser-guided lightning

A European consortium led by the University of Geneva, École Polytechnique (Paris), EPFL and TRUMPF has managed to guide lightning ⚡ using a high-power laser installed at the top of Mount Säntis in Switzerland. This unprecedented experiment opens the way to the development of more efficient lightning conductors.

Nature Photonics publication => DOI: 10.1038/s41566-022-01139-z

Youtube video about the experiment: link

Lightning discharge simulation and result at Säntis

3D simulation of the Säntis summit with a trace of one of the lightning discharges recorded during the experimental campaign