November 8, 2011

Plasma Arcs: Studying Visible Electricity

Chris Gorski, Inside Science


Luc Viatour/Wiki Commons

A team of engineers at Canterbury University in New Zealand has developed a method to create nearly 200-foot-long electrical arcs -- visible currents of electricity traveling through air that has been broken down into electrically charged particles. Others have created longer arcs, but the traditional technique requires large amounts of energy in order to break down the air.

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TAGGED: Lightning, Plasma, Electricity

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