Method and apparatus for initiating, directing and constricting electrical discharge arcs Patent uri icon


  • A method and associated apparatus for initiating and guiding an electrical discharge arc. This method preferably comprises the steps of: providing a laser beam through a predetermined gas comprising molecules amenable to vibrational excitation by a laser beam so as to cause vibrational excitation of the molecules and to define a beam path in a direction of desired electrical discharge; and propagating an electrical discharge arc so as to intersect the beam path, whereby the electrical discharge arc is directed along the beam path.

author list (cited authors)

  • Albright, C. E., Rich, J. W., Miles, R. B., Lempert, W. R., & Macheret, S. O.

complete list of authors

  • Albright, CE||Rich, JW||Miles, RB||Lempert, WR||Macheret, SO

publication date

  • November 2002