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for Rare and Beautiful Lichtenberg Figures!
(Page updated 10/21/16 - may change without notice)



Style 16 - Heavy Weather Dual Discharge Sculptures
 
These beautiful specimens are approximately 2 3/4" to 3" on each side, and are 2" thick. They were irradiated through one of the large flat sides, rotated 180 degrees, and irradiated again through the opposite face to create two parallel layers of charge about 1/2" below the surface of each face. These particular sculptures self-discharged while they were being irradiated, resulting in complex discharges and electrical interactions between the two charge layers. This caused a variety of unusual, and very spectacular, discharges.  Although many of our other Lichtenberg Figures form simple 2-Dimensional planes, these figures are truly 3-Dimensional. They contain not only branching discharges within each plane, they all contain complex interactive discharges between planes. Some of these specimens look like a time lapse photograph of a raging lightning storm, while others have plane-to-plane discharges that resemble sprites or gigantic jets, rare forms of high-altitude lightning), that can appear above powerful thunderstorms:

Gigantic Jet

Some sculptures have two virtually independent parallel discharge planes connected only by a single discharge root. Many Heavy Weather sculptures exhibit branched dendritic discharges as well as "snowflakes" (small tuft-like discharges that resemble individual snow crystals), while others are wildly chaotic with seemingly random fluffy "cotton-candy-like" discharges. Many specimens show various combinations of dendritic, chaotic, and snowflake discharges. Although the internal patterns vary from specimen to specimen, we guarantee that you will be fascinated and satisfied with your purchase.
 

These specimens were created from blocks of high quality, crystal-clear cast acrylic. The following images do not begin to capture the depth, clarity, and jewel like character of these 3D figures. When i
lluminated by a multicolor or rotating LED base, these become sparkling treasures of scientific art. Laser crystal art can't begin to match the exquisite detail, intricate complexity, and infinite variation of the fractal discharges within these prisms. Newer specimens may also exhibit solarization - amber colored layers between the irradiated surfaces and the discharge. Solarization layers may also fluoresce when illuminated by blue or near-UV LED's. Solarization, and its associated fluorescence, usually disappears with time.

These "Heavy Weather" sculptures underwent multiple discharges while being irradiated by the electron beam. This caused repetitive discharges that created some darkening and fracturing along the main discharge paths which adds a different character to the piece.  The darkened areas virtually disappear once the specimen is illuminated. However, some customers may find these specimens less appealing.  Rest assured that your satisfaction is always  guaranteed by Stoneridge Engineering. If you are not satisfied with your purchase for any reason we will gladly offer to replace your item or provide you with a full refund!


Short video clip of a "Heavy Weather" specimen
 on a ROT45MC rotating multicolor light base



Typical Sculpture on LM2688 base, Ambient Lighting
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Typical sculpture, side view in ambient light
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Group of Sculptures in room light
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Group 1 Sample, front view, on LM2688 base in ambient light.
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Group 1 Sample, side view, on LM2688 base in ambient light.
Base light is OFF in this image
Group 1 "Heavy Weather" sculptures in ambient light.
Group 1 sculptures in light box, side view
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Group1 Sculptures in light box, front view
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Group 1 sculptures in light box, opposite face view
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Group 1 "Heavy Weather" sculptures in light box, side view
Group 1 "Heavy Weather" sculptures in light box, front view
 
Group 1 "Heavy Weather" sculptures in light box, back side view


Heavy Weather sculptures in light box, view of one side

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Group 2 sculptures i light box, front view

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Group 2 Heavy Weather in light box, Opposite Face
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Group 2 "Heavy Weather sculptures in light box, side view
Group 2 "Heavy Weather sculptures in light box, front view

Group 2 "Heavy Weather" sculptures in light box, back side view

Group 2 Heavy Weather in light box, Side 1

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Group 1 Heavy Weather in light box, Front View

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Group 1 Heavy Weather in light box, Front View

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Group1 specimen illuminated by LM2688 base, side view Group1 specimen illuminated by LM2688 base, front view

Group1 specimen illuminated by LM2688 base, back side view

Group 2 sample, Illuminated by LM2688 base, Side view

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Group 2, Side View, Illuminated by LM2688 Base

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Group 2 specimen illuminated by LM2688 base, side view Group 2 specimen illuminated by LM2688 base, Front view
 

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