Heating, ionization and upward discharges in the mesosphere, due to intense quasi‐electrostatic thundercloud fields

Victor P. Pasko, Umran S. Inan, Yuri N. Taranenko, Timothy F. Bell

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Abstract

Quasi‐electrostatic (QE) fields that temporarily exist at high altitudes following the sudden removal (e.g., by a lightning discharge) of thundercloud charge at low altitudes are found to significantly heat mesospheric electrons and produce ionization and light. The intensity, spatial extent, duration and spectra of optical emissions produced are consistent with the observed features of the Red Sprite type of upward discharges.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)365-368
Number of pages4
JournalGeophysical Research Letters
Volume22
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 15 1995

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geophysics
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)

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