Eddy Current Model of Ball Lightning

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Scientific Paper
Title Eddy Current Model of Ball Lightning
Author(s) J D Shelton
Keywords ball lightning, plasma balls, synthetic ball lightning
Published 1993
Journal Electric Spacecraft Journal
Number 10
Pages 13-17


Calculations show that high-energy ball lightning may consist of a ball of plasma containing a large circular electric current arising as an eddy current generated by lightning. Synthetic ball lightning might serve as a method of plasma confinement for purposes of nuclear fusion. In this paper, three articles concerning ball lightning and the related phenomenon of large ball lightning are combined to provide insight into this rarely glimpsed occurrence.