Modeling Rare Ball Lightning With Skyrmion Quasiparticle

Here is a comment I received from a reader today.

I thought that perhaps some readers might be interested in this article in Gizmodo: “Scientists Model Rare Ball Lightning With Help From Tangled ‘Skyrmion’ Quasiparticle”, . The full article “Synthetic electromagnetic knot in a three-dimensional skyrmion” has been published in Science Advances, . It is an interesting combination of electromagnetism, quantum mechanics, Bose-Einstein condensates and ball lightning. Perhaps some readers more deeply in physics might get some new ideas from this.

Aalto University QCD Labs in Finland ( and other affiliations behind the paper are known for their high class theoretical and practical work in the field of nanoscience and quantum mechanics.

Below is video of from Aalto University with this explanation:

“A side view of the experimental creation of a 3D skyrmion. The imaging method produces three regions where the spins point up (right), horizontally (center), and down (left). In the actual experiment, theris only a single condensate which contains all these different regions. Brighter color denotes a higher particle density.”

  • georgehants

    Ball lightening, debunked by main-line science for hundreds of years, one day these educated dinosaurs will wake-up.

  • Omega Z

    RE-read georgehants post. I’m certain you misunderstood his post.

  • georgehants

    Tom, in recent times yes, back further it was debunked like everything else including Cold Fusion, Quantum biology, quantum computers, etc. etc. etc.

  • Dave Lawton

    I have observed it twice within 24 hours.The balls were approximately 3 cm diameter.

    • Which color it had, please?

      • Dave Lawton

        It was peachy violet. I was a about a foot away from it and observed it for a couple of seconds before it collapsed and there was a strong smell of ozone. I was living in a house in New Zealand and it was during the summer months. The house was all wood and with a iron roof. I had not long finished painting the roof with a rubberised paint. The event occurred in the kitchen which had a chip heater which was a small cast iron stove not in use. Its metal chimney went through the steel roof and was anchored to it. The first event happened when I opened the door to the kitchen when I glimpsed a ball and the a crack and a smell of ozone it all happened in a split second. This first event was about 8 o’clock in the evening. Two days later I witnessed the second event when I went into the kitchen a small peachy violet rotating ball appeared to move from the chip heater across the chip heater to within a a couple of feet of myself when there was a loud crack and it appeared to vaporise and a smell of ozone. So what do we have ? Well to me it is a very large capacitor which is charged up to many thousands of volts caused by the rubberised paint on the metal expanding and contracting from morning to evening i.e. the metal roof and earth, a iron chip heater which acts as a resonant cavity which is coated with carbon from previous fires not forgetting the coating of carbon will contain germanium crystals. As the potential builds up it will start to ionise the air within the Chip heater and flash over will occur and results in kindling up a plasma ball. That’s my thoughts folks.

  • Dave Lawton

    This may be of interest. FUSION BY THUNDER?

  • The recently reported ‘Rydberg polarons’ are way more close to ball lightning than the skyrmions, which are also exist within boson condensate only, but they’re formed by magnetic vortices. The ball lightning doesn’t behave neither like magnet, neither like vortex. Skyrmions are rather old stuff already and Rydberg polarons are very new finding neither. This is just a problem with half-informed/ignorant journalists, that every observation is essentially new for them.

    • Da Phys

      Fully agree.

      Thanks for sharing, that’s beautiful physics!

  • Stephen

    Nice and informative link thanks for that 🙂