Lichtenberg Design Fractal Wood Burning

Lichtenberg Design Fractal Wood Burning
Lichtenberg Fractal Wood Burning
Lichtenberg figures are named after the German physicist Georg Christoph Lichtenberg, who originally discovered and studied them. When they were first discovered, it was thought that their characteristic shapes might help to reveal the nature of positive and negative electric “fluids”. In 1777, Lichtenberg built a large electrophorus to generate high voltage static electricity through induction. After discharging a high voltage point to the surface of an insulator, he recorded the resulting radial patterns by sprinkling various powdered materials onto the surface. By then pressing blank sheets of paper onto these patterns, Lichtenberg was able to transfer and record these images, thereby discovering the basic principle of modern xerography.
This discovery was also the forerunner of the modern day science of plasma physics. Although Lichtenberg only studied two-dimensional (2D) figures, modern high voltage researchers study 2D and 3D figures (electrical trees) on, and within, insulating materials. Lichtenberg figures are now known to be examples of fractals.

Lichtenberg Design Fractal Wood Burning

5 thoughts on “Lichtenberg Design Fractal Wood Burning”

  1. Love it, will be looking into power sources to use. Thank you for an informative presentation.

  2. Works better with a more conductive solution (baking soda & water). And the designs will "flow" better WITH the wood grain. Plus, you should put some alligator clamps on the ends of your wires for easier connections. But still, your fractal burns turned out nicely.

  3. Hey my brother, that is really cool!  Reminds me of an oriental painting.  I guess the same concept in that is similar to when a power line falls during a thunderstorm.  Enjoyed the video!  Take Care!

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