Scientists steer lightning bolts with lasers for the first time

Source: The Guardian [UK]

“Scientists have steered lightning bolts with lasers for the first time in the field, according to a demonstration performed during heavy storms at the top of a Swiss mountain. The feat, which involved firing powerful laser pulses at thunderclouds over several months last year, paves the way for laser-based lightning protection systems at airports, launchpads and tall buildings. … The laser diverts lightning bolts by creating an easier path for the electrical discharge to flow down.” (01/16/23)

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2023/jan/16/scientists-steer-lightning-bolts-with-lasers-for-the-first-time