Electrostatic Lightning Rod
By Jenny Pao
A Little Bit About Lightning
Discovery of the Lightning Rod
How It Works
How Is Electrostatics Used?
Lightning Diversion Theory: Lightning rod protects building by providing a conductive pathway for the lightning towards the ground
Lightning Dissipation Theory: Lightning Rod protects building by preventing lightning. This is based on the the fact that the pointed objects surroundings has a greater electric strength. They ionize the surrounding air, enhancing its conductivity.
Why Is It Important?
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