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Title: ON THE QUESTION OF BALL LIGHTNING

Abstract

The hypothetical model of ball lightning suggested by Kapitza is considered to uncover evidence which will substantiate or contradict the theory. Reports of the phenomenon are summarized. Arguments concerning Kapitza's scheme are given. A theoretical model in an ideal environment is examined. The radio- frequency field suggested by Kapitza is considered, and the interference effects resulting from the reflection of a discrete band spectrum of linearly polarized waves from a perfect reflector are presented. The gaseous discharge is discussed, under the assumption that the ball lightning phenomenon is analogous to a point-to-plane corona discharge. It is determined that, given a sufficiently intense electric field, a horizontal discharge along one of the electric field antinodes, suggestive of horizontal lightning, can result. It is concluded that this work supports Kapitza's hypothesis, but that more must be done before the theory is fully substantiated. (auth)

Authors:
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Melpar Inc., Watertown, Mass.
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
4099758
NSA Number:
NSA-15-007939
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Journal Name:
Journal of Applied Physics (U.S.)
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: Vol: 32; Other Information: Orig. Receipt Date: 31-DEC-61
Country of Publication:
Country unknown/Code not available
Language:
English
Subject:
PHYSICS; CORONA; ELECTRIC DISCHARGES; ELECTRIC FIELDS; PLASMA; POLARIZATION; RADIO WAVES; REFLECTION; SPECTRA; SUN

Citation Formats

Silberg, P A. ON THE QUESTION OF BALL LIGHTNING. Country unknown/Code not available: N. p., 1961. Web. doi:10.1063/1.1735954.
Silberg, P A. ON THE QUESTION OF BALL LIGHTNING. Country unknown/Code not available. doi:10.1063/1.1735954.
Silberg, P A. Sun . "ON THE QUESTION OF BALL LIGHTNING". Country unknown/Code not available. doi:10.1063/1.1735954.
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title = {ON THE QUESTION OF BALL LIGHTNING},
author = {Silberg, P A},
abstractNote = {The hypothetical model of ball lightning suggested by Kapitza is considered to uncover evidence which will substantiate or contradict the theory. Reports of the phenomenon are summarized. Arguments concerning Kapitza's scheme are given. A theoretical model in an ideal environment is examined. The radio- frequency field suggested by Kapitza is considered, and the interference effects resulting from the reflection of a discrete band spectrum of linearly polarized waves from a perfect reflector are presented. The gaseous discharge is discussed, under the assumption that the ball lightning phenomenon is analogous to a point-to-plane corona discharge. It is determined that, given a sufficiently intense electric field, a horizontal discharge along one of the electric field antinodes, suggestive of horizontal lightning, can result. It is concluded that this work supports Kapitza's hypothesis, but that more must be done before the theory is fully substantiated. (auth)},
doi = {10.1063/1.1735954},
journal = {Journal of Applied Physics (U.S.)},
number = ,
volume = Vol: 32,
place = {Country unknown/Code not available},
year = {1961},
month = {1}
}