Mechanism of ELF radiation from sprites

Victor P. Pasko, Umran S. Inan, Timothy F. Bell, Steven C. Reising

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Charge and current systems associated with sprites constitue a part of the large scale atmospheric electric circuit, providing a context for physical understanding of recently discovered ELF radiation originating from currents flowing within the body of sprites. It is shown that the impulse of the electric current driven in the conducting body of the sprite by lightning generated transient quasi-electrostatic fields produces significant electromagnetic radiation in the ELF range of frequencies, comparable to that radiated by the causative lightning discharge.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3493-3496
Number of pages4
JournalGeophysical Research Letters
Issue number18
StatePublished - Sep 15 1998

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geophysics
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)


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