Optical and VLF Imaging of Lightning-Ionosphere Interactions
STANFORD UNIV CA DEPT OF ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING
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This work addresses some of the key topics of space physics research recommended in the National Research Council 2003 report A Decadal Research Strategy in Solar and Space Physics , namely, the thunderstorm-driven electrodynamic coupling between the troposphere, mesosphere, lower ionosphere, and magnetosphere. Lightning-induced electron precipitation encompasses all of these regions, from atmospheric and mesospheric electrodynamics, to radiation belt scattering, to precipitation and disturbances of ionospheric communication channels. Sprites and their possible conjugate effects due to relativistic electrons also constitute a coupling between the regions, including lightning effects on the mesosphere and ionosphere, and relativistic electron beams injected into the magnetosphere. Geomagnetic disturbances highlight the coupling between these regions, with the resulting perturbations in the magnetosphere and ionosphere easily detectable.
- Atmospheric Physics
- Radiofrequency Wave Propagation