Lightning Presentation in Austin October 29, 2012 Mon 3pm

October 29, 2012  Mon 3pm – Lightning presentation in Austin -Nevada Lightning Lab and Myth-busters presentation explores the unusual ability of natural lightning to ‘cheat’ classical physics… throwing arcs kilometres in length with less than a tenth of the voltage gradient required to produce normal laboratory arc discharges.  Although researchers don’t fully understand how lightning performs this trick, new theories and a few tantalizing experimental results suggest that relativistic effects [and possibly the presence of antimatter] can greatly enhance lightning formation at physical scales beyond about 60 meters in length.

Presenter will be Greg E. Leyh is the principal engineer for the Lightning Foundry, a research facility for exploring the large-scale physics of atmospheric electricity.  He designed the Electrum Project, a 38ft high kinetic lightning sculpture currently operating in New Zealand.

Presentation will be at the 3M Innovation Center, Hill Country Room.  AUSTIN TX

There is not a charge for the meeting but please send an RSVP to Ray Bowman at with name, company, & phone for security badges and room planning.


2012 Texas ESD Association Board of Directors

Ray Bowman  – President / Webmaster
Ginger Hansel,  Dangelmayer Associates L.L.C.  – V.P. Education
Jason Jowers, Velocity Electronics – V.P. Membership
David Swenson, Affinity Static Control Consulting, LLC – Treasurer / National Liaison
Gary Sutorius, Stanley Consultants – Secretary
Frank Rodriguez,  3M Corp., – Member at Large
Jeff Salisbury, FLEXTRONICS, Member at Large

Fred Bahrenburg, Dell Inc., Member at Large

Bob Renker, Temple College/Retired TI – Board Advisor

Gilbert Koss,  Retired 3M – Board Advisor