Accession Number:

ADA025320

Title:

Measurement of Optical Power Radiated by Florida Lightning.

Descriptive Note:

Final rept.,

Corporate Author:

AIR FORCE TECHNICAL APPLICATIONS CENTER ALEXANDRIA VA

Report Date:

1976-03-08

Pagination or Media Count:

41.0

Abstract:

Optical power from the lightning first return stroke has been measured using silicon and S4 photomultiplier sensors. Absolute source power and temporal characteristics were obtained. Statistical distribution of peak power, time to peak power, and signal duration are presented. Relative power radiated in the following filter bands are also shown 725--775nm, 776--779nm, and 866--871nm. Results from this experiment are used to estimate lightning trigger rates for conceptual satellite systems with wide and narrow field of view sensors for monitoring lightning phenomena and thunderstorm activity. AUthor

Subject Categories:

  • Atmospheric Physics
  • Meteorology

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE