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On the possibility of phosphenes being generated by the energetic radiation from lightning flashes and thunderstorms
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences, Electricity.
Dept of Clinical Neuroscience, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm.
Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, FL, USA.
2011 (English)In: Physics Letters A, ISSN 0375-9601, Vol. 375, no 42, 3704-3709 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

After the first report of this phenomenon by Apollo 11 astronauts, experiments conducted in space and on the ground confirmed the creation of phosphenes by the interaction of energetic radiation with the human visual system. The aim of this Letter is to show that the energetic radiation generated in the form of X-rays, gamma rays, electrons and neutrons by thunderstorms and lightning is strong enough for the creation of phosphenes in humans. It is also pointed out that some of the visual observations reported during thunderstorms might be attributable to phosphenes excited by this energetic radiation.

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2011. Vol. 375, no 42, 3704-3709 p.
Keyword [en]
Phosphenes, X-rays, Gamma rays, Lightning, Thunderstorms, Ball lightning
National Category
Physical Sciences Engineering and Technology
Research subject
Engineering Science with specialization in Science of Electricity
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-162703DOI: 10.1016/j.physleta.2011.08.055ISI: 000296043200011OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-162703DiVA: diva2:462360
Available from: 2011-12-07 Created: 2011-12-05 Last updated: 2011-12-30Bibliographically approved

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