Triggering and guiding megavolt discharges by use of laser-induced ionized filaments

Abstract : We have demonstrated the ability to trigger and guide high-voltage discharges with ionized filaments generated by femtosecond terawatt laser pulses. The plasma filaments extended over the whole gap, providing a direct ohmic connection between the electrodes. Laser-guided straight discharges have been observed for gaps of as much as 3.8 m at a high voltage reduced to 68% of the natural breakdown voltage. The triggering efficiency was found to depend critically on the spatial connection of the laser filaments to the electrode as well as on the temporal coincidence of the laser with the peak of the high voltage.
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Miguel Rodríguez, Roland Sauerbrey, H. Wille, Ludger Woeste, T. Fujii, et al.. Triggering and guiding megavolt discharges by use of laser-induced ionized filaments. Optics Letters, Optical Society of America, 2002, 27 (9), pp.772-774. ⟨10.1364/OL.27.000772⟩. ⟨hal-00463675⟩

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