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I would like to compare/contrast a charged particle beam to a bolt of lightning to explain to students.

An average bolt of negative lightning carries an electric current of (1)30,000 amperes (30 kA), and transfers (2)15 coulombs of electric charge and (3) 500 megajoules of energy. Duration of 30 microseconds. Wikipedia.

So a 30 microsecond pulse of the LHC would have an electric current of (1) ? amperes and transfer (2) ? coulombs of electric charge and have (3) ? amount of megajoules of energy.

I guess a related question is whether the LHC beam is a

**charged particle beam**which is a spatially localized group of electrically charged particles that have approximately the same position, kinetic energy (resulting in the same velocity), and direction.

Thank you in advanced.