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Lightning: Physics and Effects is the first book that covers essentially all aspects of lightning, including lightning physics, lightning protection, and the interaction of lightning with a variety of objects and systems as well as with the environment. It is written in a style that will be accessible to the technical non-expert and is addressed to anyone interested in lightning and its effects. This will include physicists, engineers working in the power industry and in the communications, computer, and aviation industries, meteorologists, atmospheric chemists, foresters, ecologists, physicians working in the area of electrical trauma, and architects. This comprehensive reference volume contains over 300 illustrations, 70 tables containing quantitative information, and over 6000 references and bibliography entries.
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"Lightning Physics and Effects is not a lightning book; it is a lightning encyclopedia. Rarely in the history of science has one contribution covered a subject with such depth and thoroughness as to set the enduring standard for years, perhaps even decades, to come...The overall quality of the printing is superb; the figures are excellent, and the Plate Section presents six classic pages of photographs and figures."

"...this will be one of the definitive books on lightning for several years to come. The book should be in the library of anybody working on lightning and its effects, and will certainly be of value to students and researchers in the atmospheric sciences as a textbook, detailed reference and bibliographic source." Weather

"This excellent book discusses all aspects of lightning noted on Earth and the other solar planets.... An all-encompassing book." Choice

"A great deal of information on lightning and lightning protection." Physics Today

"Rakov and Uman's encyclopedic work will be extremely useful for specalists as a rich source of factual and bibliographic information." Physics Today

"This book is clearly the most complete compilation of material on the physics and effects of lightning that exists today. It is well-written, and I expect that it will be an important reference for both specialists and nonspecialists alike in future years." American Meteorological Society, E. Philip Krider

"...a very useful reference book not only for people interested in lightning and thunder, due to the extensive list of references, but also for researchers and scientists working on high-voltage engineering and nonlinear systems, because the extensive review of various observations also provides guidance for further future investigations." - IEEE Circuits and Devices Magazine

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521583275
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2003
  • Pages: 698
  • Product dimensions: 8.62 (w) x 10.87 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Vladimir A. Rakov is a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Florida. He was previously Director of the Lightning Research Laboratory at Tomsk Polytechnical University, Russia.

Martin A. Uman was the co-founder and President of Lightning Location and Protection, Inc. (LLP) and is now a professor and Chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Florida.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
2 Incidence of lightning 24
3 Electrical structure of lightning-producing clouds 67
4 Downward negative lightning discharges to ground 108
5 Positive and bipolar lightning discharges to ground 214
6 Upward lightning initiated by ground-based objects 241
7 Artificial initiation (triggering) of lightning by ground-based activity 265
8 Winter lightning in Japan 308
9 Cloud discharges 321
10 Lightning and airborne vehicles 346
11 Thunder 374
12 Modeling of lightning processes 394
13 The distant lightning electromagnetic environment: atmospherics, Schumann resonances, and whistlers 432
14 Lightning effects in the middle and upper atmosphere 480
15 Lightning effects on the chemistry of the atmosphere 507
16 Extraterrestrial lightning 528
17 Lightning locating systems 555
18 Deleterious effects of lightning and protective techniques 588
19 Lightning hazards to humans and animals 642
20 Ball lightning, bead lightning, and other unusual discharges 656
App Books on lightning and related subjects 675
Index 679
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