publication . Other literature type . Article . 2012

Underlying mechanisms of transient luminous events: a review

V. V. Surkov; M. Hayakawa;
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  • Published: 17 Aug 2012
  • Publisher: Copernicus GmbH
Abstract
<jats:p>Abstract. Transient luminous events (TLEs) occasionally observed above a strong thunderstorm system have been the subject of a great deal of research during recent years. The main goal of this review is to introduce readers to recent theories of electrodynamics processes associated with TLEs. We examine the simplest versions of these theories in order to make their physics as transparent as possible. The study is begun with the conventional mechanism for air breakdown at stratospheric and mesospheric altitudes. An electron impact ionization and dissociative attachment to neutrals are discussed. A streamer size and mobility of electrons as a function of a...
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free text keywords: Earth and Planetary Sciences (miscellaneous), Space and Planetary Science, Astronomy and Astrophysics, Atmospheric Science, Geology, Electron, Sprite (lightning), Computational physics, Meteorology, Very low frequency, Runaway breakdown, Electric field, Extremely low frequency, Physics, Thunderstorm, Corona, lcsh:Science, lcsh:Q, lcsh:Physics, lcsh:QC1-999, lcsh:Geophysics. Cosmic physics, lcsh:QC801-809
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