Mesospheric electric field transients due to tropospheric lightning discharges

Victor P. Pasko, Umran S. Inan, Timothy F. Bell

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A physical picture and quantitative two-dimensional electromagnetic modeling of mesospheric electric field transients produced by cloud-to-ground (CG) lightning discharges with short duration currents (<0.5 ms) are presented. The range of applicability of existing quasi-electrostatic models of sprites and the physical conditions under which relatively weak CG lightning discharges (thundercloud charge moment changes less than 50C×10 km) may initiate sprites are discussed in the context of recent experimental findings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1247-1250
Number of pages4
JournalGeophysical Research Letters
Issue number9
StatePublished - May 1 1999

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geophysics
  • General Earth and Planetary Sciences


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