Accession Number : ADP002179

Title :   Static Discharge and Triggered Lightning,

Corporate Author : COLORADO SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH CORP BERTHOUD

Personal Author(s) : Kasemir,H. W.

Report Date : 1983

Pagination or Media Count : 11

Abstract : An intriguing controversy between pilots and scientists on charge and energy problems of static discharges will be discussed and resolved in this paper. These problems always will be discussed and resolved in this paper. These problems always center on the question: Where does the lightning discharge obtain its charges to produce the measured currents or fields, if it is triggered far away from a thundercloud? These problems are resolved by the uncharged leader theory, which explains that lightning does not have to collect charges from the environment be it a thunder cloud or a volume of clear air. The charges are generated in the lightning channel itself by ionization and then separated in the channel by the induction mechanism.

Descriptors :   Lightning, Static electricity, Electric charge, Distribution, Laboratory tests, Symposia

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE