Lightning related transient luminous events at high altitude in the earth's atmosphere: Phenomenology, mechanisms and effects

Victor P. Pasko, Yoav Yair, Cheng Ling Kuo

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    Abstract

    This paper presents a literature survey on the recent developments related to experimental and modeling studies of transient luminous events (TLEs) in the middle atmosphere termed elves, sprites and jets that are produced in association with thunderstorm activity at tropospheric altitudes. The primary emphasis is placed on publications that appeared in refereed literature starting from year 2008 and up to the present date. The survey covers general phenomenology of TLEs and their relationships to characteristics of individual thunderstorms and lightning, physical mechanisms and modeling of TLEs, past, present and future orbital observations of TLEs, and their chemical, energetic and electric effects on local and global scales.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)475-516
    Number of pages42
    JournalSpace Science Reviews
    Volume168
    Issue number1-4
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Jun 2012

    All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

    • Astronomy and Astrophysics
    • Space and Planetary Science

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