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Initiation of lightning in thunderclouds
Author(s): Vladimir A. Rakov
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Paper Abstract

The maximum electric fields typically measured in thunderclouds are reviewed with a view toward lightning initiation mechanism. Initial breakdown processes in both cloud-to-ground and cloud discharges are considered, and characteristics of associated electric and magnetic field pulses are given. Narrow bipolar pulses attributed to the so-called compact intracloud discharges are characterized. Proposed mechanisms of lightning initiation in thunderclouds are presented and discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 February 2006
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 5975, Topical Problems of Nonlinear Wave Physics, 597512 (3 February 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.675583
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Vladimir A. Rakov, Univ. of Florida (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5975:
Topical Problems of Nonlinear Wave Physics
Alexander M. Sergeev, Editor(s)

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