posted on Sep, 19 2002 @ 03:57 AM
lmfao ... ok, i'm a laser physicist. i'm working on theoretical aspects of quantum dot lasers at the moment, so i have a certain level of knowledge
in the field of photonics.
to the very best of my knowledge it is impossible to electrically charge photons. an electric current is made from electrons (or holes, i suppose,
but lets just consider electrons) not photons. photons have no charge: they are simply unit quanta of energy. nothing more. as such, i believe its
impossible to pass a current through them. sorry.
however, the ionising idea by JamesG might work, but that's an entirely different kettle of fish. i would also warn you about experimenting with
plasma fields: not only do they present a real danger to yourself (your house, etc) but they will slaughter your electricity bill.
for note on optics i recommend the base-standard text book:
"Optics", Eugene Hecht, Addison Wesley; ISBN: 0805385665
its a good all-round book, covering most aspects of optics.