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EEVblog => EEVblog Specific => Topic started by: mikeselectricstuff on December 02, 2013, 08:21:08 pm

Title: #553 Lichtenberg figures
Post by: mikeselectricstuff on December 02, 2013, 08:21:08 pm
These are acrylic blocks, irradiated using a particle accelerator.

The irradiation leaves charged pathways in the plastic, which are then discharged, causing fracturing of the  plastic along the discharge path.

These guys are the masters of this - they rent time on an accelerator a few times a year to make them http://www.capturedlightning.com/ (http://www.capturedlightning.com/)
Title: Re: #553 Lichtenberg figures
Post by: Rory on December 03, 2013, 01:17:09 pm
My wife gave me one a few years ago. They make great nightlights.
Title: Re: #553 Lichtenberg figures
Post by: M. András on December 03, 2013, 08:08:37 pm
awesome. its better then any of those old dusty paintings wich some peeps pay millions of dollars
Title: Re: #553 Lichtenberg figures
Post by: Kjelt on December 03, 2013, 08:31:42 pm
awesome. its better then any of those old dusty paintings wich some peeps pay millions of dollars
:palm:
Title: Re: #553 Lichtenberg figures
Post by: WattSekunde on December 11, 2013, 04:08:19 am
Here is another nice production video: The production of Lichtenberg figure sculptures (Shockfossils) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8biE3uP_nOI#)
Title: Re: #553 Lichtenberg figures
Post by: TopLoser on December 11, 2013, 04:41:47 am
Another customer return... lol

(http://www.eevblog.com/forum/blog/553-lichtenberg-figures/?action=dlattach;attach=70329;image)

This one is 125mm in diameter and about 350mm tall, I acquired it about 30 years ago. It's a superb quality piece, not seen one like it for sale since.
Title: Re: #553 Lichtenberg figures
Post by: Razor512 on December 11, 2013, 05:00:51 am
what happens if someone aims the particle accelerator at their hand?
Title: Re: #553 Lichtenberg figures
Post by: SeanB on December 11, 2013, 06:00:54 am
You get a burn right through, that cauterises the flesh in a shape exactly like the beam shape. This then will either fester and get septic ( yummy) or will turn into a solid block of scar tissue. If you are unlucky it will become malignant.
Title: Re: #553 Lichtenberg figures
Post by: NiHaoMike on December 20, 2013, 04:28:37 am
Here's something similar, but with wood.
http://melanie-hoff.com/#/15000volts/ (http://melanie-hoff.com/#/15000volts/)
Title: Re: #553 Lichtenberg figures
Post by: Len on December 20, 2013, 05:54:09 am
You get a burn right through, that cauterises the flesh in a shape exactly like the beam shape. This then will either fester and get septic ( yummy) or will turn into a solid block of scar tissue. If you are unlucky it will become malignant.
Or you will die of radiation poisoning. Unfortunately this "experiment" has been done by accident:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Therac-25 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Therac-25)
Title: Re: #553 Lichtenberg figures
Post by: SeanB on December 20, 2013, 06:23:09 am
There the beam pretty much was your entire body.......