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Lightning driven EMP in the upper atmosphereLarge lightning discharges can drive electromagnetic pulses (EMP) that cause breakdown of the neutral atmosphere between 80 and 95 km leading to order of magnitude increases in the plasma density. The increase in the plasma density leads to increased reflection and absorption, and limits the pulse strength that propagates higher into the ionosphere.
Document ID
19950045227
Document Type
Reprint (Version printed in journal)
External Source(s)
Authors
Rowland, H. L. (Naval Research Lab. Washington, DC, United States)
Fernsler, R. F. (Naval Research Lab. Washington, DC, United States)
Huba, J. D. (Naval Research Lab. Washington, DC, United States)
Bernhardt, P. A. (Naval Research Lab. Washington, DC, United States)
Date Acquired
August 16, 2013
Publication Date
February 15, 1995
Publication Information
Publication: Geophysical Research Letters
Volume: 22
Issue: 4
ISSN: 0094-8276
Subject Category
METEOROLOGY AND CLIMATOLOGY
Funding Number(s)
CONTRACT_GRANT: NAGW-18324
Distribution Limits
Public
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