The Lightning Discharge

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Academic Press, Jun 17, 1987 - Science - 377 pages
From the Preface: In the 18 years since my technical monograph Lightning (McGraw-Hill, 1969; Dover, 1984) was first published, there have been significant advances in our understanding of lightning, but, until now, there has been no new monograph on the subject. A number of edited collections of papers and conference proceedings relating to lightning have been published during this period and are listed in Appendix D as well as being referenced, where appropriate, throughout the text... In the present book, the chapters are organized primarily by lightning process. Each chapter contains a reference list of essentially all literature on the subject discussed in that chapter, although all of these references may not be cited in the text.
 

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Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction
1
Chapter 2 Lightning Phenomenology
37
Chapter 3 Cloud and Lightning Charges
58
Chapter 4 Preliminary Breakdown
71
Chapter 5 Stepped Leader
82
Chapter 6 Attachment Process
99
Chapter 7 Return Stroke
110
Chapter 8 Dart Leader
154
Chapter 12 Upward Lightning and the Artificial Initiation of Lightning
205
Chapter 13 Cloud Discharges
231
Chapter 14 Lightning on Other Planets
254
Chapter 15 Thunder
281
Electromagnetics
313
Statistics
335
Experimental Techniques
345
Books Containing Information on Lightning
368

Chapter 9 Continuing Current
167
Chapter 10 J and KProcesses in Discharges to Ground
179
Chapter 11 Positive Lightning
188

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The motivation to write The Lightning Discharge was in large part derived from my own involvement in lightning research. That research was strongly influenced by almost 25 years of collaborative studies with E.P. Krider of the University of Arizona (21 co-authored journal articles) and recently by collaborative work at the University of Florida with W.H. Beasley and with E.M. Thomson. Most of the data taking for these studies has taken place at NASA Kennedy Space Center, Florida with the much appreciated help of W. Jafferis.

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