Lichtenberg figures, which are the branching electric charges you see in this video, are named after the German physicist Georg Christoph Lichtenberg. Simply put, Lichtenberg figures, also known as “electric treeing,” happen when high speed electrons are injected into an acrylic block. It makes for a stunning sculpture of captured lightning.
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According to their website, “Discharge types vary depending on how much charge we injected and how, and when, we discharged the specimens. Following are some images that illustrate some of the more common types of discharges. The exit point of the discharge may be along an edge (edge discharge) or somewhere inside one of the large surfaces (interior discharge).”
“In addition, the structure of the discharges may be branching and tree-like (Dendritic), lightly branched (more lightning-like), densely branched or fern-like (Bushy Dendritic), a random tangle of discharges (Chaotic), or a mixture of Dendritic, Bushy and Chaotic discharges (Mixed).”
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