The Lightning Discharge

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In this readable, absorbing, up-to-date monograph, one of the nation's foremost experts on lightning sets forth most of what has been learned about the subject. To make the material more easily understandable, the author has organized the chapters primarily by lightning process. Following a general introduction and chapters on lightning phenomenology and cloud and lightning charges, he looks into the types and stages of lightning, with chapters on the stepped leader, the attachment process, the return stroke, the...

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Overview

In this readable, absorbing, up-to-date monograph, one of the nation's foremost experts on lightning sets forth most of what has been learned about the subject. To make the material more easily understandable, the author has organized the chapters primarily by lightning process. Following a general introduction and chapters on lightning phenomenology and cloud and lightning charges, he looks into the types and stages of lightning, with chapters on the stepped leader, the attachment process, the return stroke, the dart leader, continuing current, J- and K-processes in discharges to the ground, positive lightning, upward lightning and the artificial initiation of lightning, and cloud discharges. In the final two chapters, Dr. Uman investigates lightning on other planets and examines the phenomenon of thunder.
Each chapter contains a reference list, and the book as a whole is augmented with a generous selection of diagrams, charts, and photographs. Appendices on electromagnetics, statistics, and experimental techniques help to clarify some of the concepts covered in the text. A fourth appendix lists relevant books. Of special interest to physicists, meteorologists, and electrical engineers, the newly corrected edition of this detailed study offers a deep understanding of one of nature's most intriguing phenomena. 144 illustrations. Appendices. Index.

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For physicists, meteorologists, and electrical engineers, Uman (electrical and computer engineering, U. of Florida-Gainsville) sets out what is known about lightning, discussing lightning phenomenology, cloud and lightning charges, types and stages of lightning, cloud discharges, lightning on other planets, and of course thunder. The first edition was published in 1987 by Academic Press, Orlando, and is here corrected but otherwise not revised. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780486414638
  • Publisher: Dover Publications
  • Publication date: 1/24/2001
  • Series: Dover Books on Physics Series
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Pages: 377
  • Product dimensions: 5.66 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.74 (d)

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