Lightning flashes conducive to the production and escape of gamma radiation to space

Earle Williams, R. Boldi, J. Bór, G. Sátori, C. Price, E. Greenberg, Y. Takahashi, K. Yamamoto, Y. Matsudo, Y. Hobara, M. Hayakawa, T. Chronis, E. Anagnostou, D. M. Smith, L. Lopez

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Abstract

Gamma radiation observed in space has been associated with lightning flashes in thunderstorms. These special flashes do not appear to be the large and energetic positive ground flashes that also produce sprites. Considerations of gamma ray attenuation in air indicate that such flashes may not produce gamma radiation at sufficient altitude to enable their escape to space. High-altitude intracloud lightning, most prevalent in the tropics where the tropopause is also high, may be a necessary source.

Original languageEnglish
Article numberD16209
JournalJournal of Geophysical Research Atmospheres
Volume111
Issue number16
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 27 2006

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  • Geophysics
  • Forestry
  • Oceanography
  • Aquatic Science
  • Ecology
  • Water Science and Technology
  • Soil Science
  • Geochemistry and Petrology
  • Earth-Surface Processes
  • Atmospheric Science
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Space and Planetary Science
  • Palaeontology

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    Williams, E., Boldi, R., Bór, J., Sátori, G., Price, C., Greenberg, E., Takahashi, Y., Yamamoto, K., Matsudo, Y., Hobara, Y., Hayakawa, M., Chronis, T., Anagnostou, E., Smith, D. M., & Lopez, L. (2006). Lightning flashes conducive to the production and escape of gamma radiation to space. Journal of Geophysical Research Atmospheres, 111(16), [D16209]. https://doi.org/10.1029/2005JD006447