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  • Frits Westra
    From: ewar@topica.com Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2003 18:44:09 -0700 From: Terry W. Colvin Subject: Squishy Ball Lightning Science
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      From: ewar@...
      Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2003 18:44:09 -0700
      From: "Terry W. Colvin" <fortean1@...>
      Subject: Squishy Ball Lightning

      Science Frontiers, No. 150, Nov-Dec, 2003, p. 4
      < http://www.science-frontiers.com >


      Squishy Ball Lightning

      Ball lightning is noted for its ability to slip through crack under doors
      and even pass ("magically") through closed glass window panes. One has to
      suspect that a novel form of matter is involved---probably a strange form
      of plasma. Ordinarily, plasmas are simply clouds of equal numbers of ions
      and electrons. Such plasmas do not exhibit the weird antics of ball
      lightning. Certainly, we do not expect common plasmas to be squishy
      enough and cohesive enough to squeeze through cracks and keyholes.

      J.J. Gilman suggests that ball lightning might be a plasma containing
      "Rydberg atoms." In Rydberg atoms, the outer electrons have been
      excited to very high quantum numbers (as high as 10[3] and 10[4]!). These
      electrons may orbit several *centimeters* distant from their parent atoms,
      thereby producing according to Gilman, a "floppy" electron cloud. A plasma
      containing a high population of Rydberg atoms would probably exhibit
      albeit cohesive properties.

      (Ball, Philip; "Squishy Ball Lightning," *Nature*, 425:253, 2003.)

      Cross reference. The Fall 2003 issue of the *Journal of Scientific
      Exploration* includes a 61-page article by D.J. Turner entitled "The
      Missing Science of Ball Lightning."

      See: < http://www.scientificexploration.org >.

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