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Transfer of electrical space charge from corona between ground and thundercloud: Measurements and modelingThe evolution of the vertical electric field profile deduced from simultaneous field measurements at several levels below a thundercloud shows the development of a space charge layer at least up to 600 m. The average charge density in the whole layer from 0 m to 600 m can reach about 1 nC m(exp -3). The ions are generated at the ground by corona effect and the production rate is evaluated with a new method from the comparison of field evolutions at the ground and at altitude after a lightning flash. The modeling of the relevant processes shows tht ground corona accounts for the observed field evolutions and that the aerosol particles concentration has a very large effect on the evolution of corona ions. However, with a realistic value for this concentration a large amount of ground corona ions reach the level of 600 m.
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Reprint (Version printed in journal)
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Soula, Serge
(Paul Sabatier Univ. Toulouse, France)
Date Acquired
August 16, 2013
Publication Date
May 20, 1994
Publication Information
Publication: Journal of Geophysical Research
Volume: 99
Issue: D5
ISSN: 0148-0227
Subject Category
Meteorology And Climatology
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