Experimental study on hard radiation from lightning

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We investigated a hard radiation emitted by long laboratory sparks. We attribute the hard radiation to streamer encounters. Two opposite polarity streamers accelerate electrons to relativistic energies approaching each other. The electrons collide with air molecules and produce x-rays by Bremsstrahlung. The same mechanism is likely responsible for high-energetic radiation in natural lightning
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 23nd URSI Benelux Forum, 19 April 2013, Eindhoven, the Netherlands
EditorsA.P.J. Deursen, van, B. Smolders, A. Tijhuis, M. Bentum
Place of PublicationLeidschendam
PublisherNederlands Elektronica en Radio Genootschap
Publication statusPublished - 2013


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