In a 2.8 m positive rod–plane air gap, we have studied how a plasma channel produced by focusing a 200 mJ ultrashort laser beam is able to trigger and guide a leader discharge. We have observed that the plasma channel allowed the lowering of the leader inception voltage by 50% and the guiding of the leader propagation on a distance of up to 2.3 m, with a tenfold increase of its speed. This led to an effective 40% reduction of the breakdown voltage. For the conditions studied here, the laser energy per unit length required to guide a leader is between 60 and 100 mJ/m.
Triggering and guiding leader discharges using a plasma channel created by an ultrashort laser pulse
D. Comtois, C. Y. Chien, A. Desparois, F. Génin, G. Jarry, T. W. Johnston, J.-C. Kieffer, B. La Fontaine, F. Martin, R. Mawassi, H. Pépin, F. A. M. Rizk, F. Vidal, P. Couture, H. P. Mercure, C. Potvin, A. Bondiou-Clergerie, I. Gallimberti; Triggering and guiding leader discharges using a plasma channel created by an ultrashort laser pulse. Appl. Phys. Lett. 14 February 2000; 76 (7): 819–821. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.125595
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