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Title: What Initiates Lightning?

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 more »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.« less
Title: What Initiates Lightning?
Publication Date: 2017-05-02
OSTI Identifier: 1369034
Resource Type: Multimedia
Research Org: Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
Sponsoring Org: USDOE
Subject: 73 NUCLEAR PHYSICS AND RADIATION PHYSICS ; 54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES ; 46 INSTRUMENTATION RELATED TO NUCLEAR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY ; LANL ; LIGHTNING ; COSMIC RAYS ; ELECTRIC FIELDS ; SEVERE WEATHER ; WEATHER PREDICTION
Country of Publication: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 00:01:37
System Entry Date: 2018-05-22