2001 : The Optical Mission
Consultant; Mission PI
Catalani 45 - 47023 Cesena (FC) - ITALY
P. Strand, M.Sc.E.E.
Assistant Professor, Leader of Project Hessdalen
Østfold College, School of Computer Science
P.O.Box 1192, Valaskjold, N-1702 Sarpsborg, NORWAY
Gitle Hauge, M.Sc.E.E.
Assistant Professor, Project EMBLA
Østfold College, Department of Engineering and Natural Sciences
P.O.Box 1192, Valaskjold, N-1705 Sarpsborg, NORWAY
In August 2001 a new joint collaboration between italian physicists
and norwegian engineers was succesfully carried into effect with a new
mission to Norway, in order to further investigate a luminous phenomenon
which is occurring recurrently in the valley of Hessdalen. The italian
research-activity of this year was concentrated in the acquisition of
optical data coming from conventional photography, video imaging and
video-spectroscopy. Many photographs, videos and some spectra were obtained
of the phenomenon. The results coming from the subsequent analysis show
that: 1) the luminous phenomenon is a thermal plasma; 2) the light-balls
are not single objects but are constituted of many small components
which are casually vibrating around a common barycenter; 3) the light-balls
are able to eject smaller light-balls; 4) the light-balls change shape
all the time; 5) the luminosity increase of the light balls is due to
the increase of the radiating area. This mission was able to finally
visualize the real structure and nature of the light-phenomenon and
its time-behaviour. The cause, and the physical mechanism with which
radiation is emitted is currently unknown, and will be investigated
in further missions. Some physical hypotheses are amply discussed.
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Copyright (2001) Massimo Teodorani, Erling P. Strand, M.Sc.E.E.; MScEE,
Bjørn Gitle Hauge, M.Sc.E.E.
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