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3 February 2006 Initiation of lightning in thunderclouds
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Proceedings Volume 5975, Topical Problems of Nonlinear Wave Physics; 597512 (2006)
Event: Topical Problems of Nonlinear Wave Physics, 2005, St. Petersburg, Russian Federation
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.
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Vladimir A. Rakov "Initiation of lightning in thunderclouds", Proc. SPIE 5975, Topical Problems of Nonlinear Wave Physics, 597512 (3 February 2006);

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