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Title: What Initiates Lightning?

Abstract

Lightning is an energetic electric discharge, creating a current that flows briefly within a cloud--or between a cloud and the ground--and heating the air to temperatures about five times hotter than the sun’s surface. But there’s a lot about lightning that’s still a mystery. Los Alamos National Laboratory is working to change that. Because lightning produces optical and radio frequency signals similar to those from a nuclear explosion, it’s important to be able to distinguish whether such signals are caused by lightning or a nuclear event. As part of the global security mission at Los Alamos, scientists use lightning to help develop better instruments for nuclear test-ban treaty monitoring and, in the process, have learned a lot about lightning itself.

Publication Date:
Research Org.:
LANL (Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States))
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1369034
Resource Type:
Multimedia
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
73 NUCLEAR PHYSICS AND RADIATION PHYSICS; LIGHTNING; COSMIC RAYS; ELECTRIC FIELDS; SEVERE WEATHER

Citation Formats

None. What Initiates Lightning?. United States: N. p., 2017. Web.
None. What Initiates Lightning?. United States.
None. 2017. "What Initiates Lightning?". United States. doi:. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1369034.
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