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Electromagnetic radiation field of an electron avalanche
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences, Electricity.
Karolinska Institute, Stockholm.
2012 (English)In: Atmospheric research, ISSN 0169-8095, Vol. 117, no SI, 18-27 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Electron avalanches are the main constituent of electrical discharges in the atmosphere. However, the electromagnetic radiation field generated by a single electron avalanche growing in different field configurations has not yet been evaluated in the literature. In this paper, the electromagnetic radiation fields created by electron avalanches were evaluated for electric fields in pointed, co-axial and spherical geometries. The results show that the radiation field has a duration of approximately 1–2 ns, with a rise time in the range of 0.25 ns. The wave-shape takes the form of an initial peak followed by an overshoot in the opposite direction. The electromagnetic spectrum generated by the avalanches has a peak around 109 Hz.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. Vol. 117, no SI, 18-27 p.
Keyword [en]
Electron avalanches, Radiation fields, Microwave radiation, Electrical discharges, Lightning
National Category
Engineering and Technology
Research subject
Engineering Science with specialization in Science of Electricity
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-164012DOI: 10.1016/j.atmosres.2011.06.004ISI: 000309300100004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-164012DiVA: diva2:465950
Available from: 2011-12-15 Created: 2011-12-15 Last updated: 2012-11-08Bibliographically approved

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