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Effects of Propagation of Narrow Bipolar Pulses, Generated by Compact Cloud Discharges, Over Finitely Conducting Ground

Version 1 : Received: 19 April 2018 / Approved: 19 April 2018 / Online: 19 April 2018 (11:39:20 CEST)

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Cooray, V.; Fernando, M.; Gunasekara, L.; Nanayakkara, S. Effects of Propagation of Narrow Bipolar Pulses, Generated by Compact Cloud Discharges, over Finitely Conducting Ground. Atmosphere 2018, 9, 193. Cooray, V.; Fernando, M.; Gunasekara, L.; Nanayakkara, S. Effects of Propagation of Narrow Bipolar Pulses, Generated by Compact Cloud Discharges, over Finitely Conducting Ground. Atmosphere 2018, 9, 193.

Journal reference: Atmosphere 2018, 9, 193
DOI: 10.3390/atmos9050193

Abstract

Propagation effects on the Narrow Bipolar Pulses (NBPs) or the radiation fields generated by compact cloud discharges as they propagate over finitely conducting ground are presented. The results are obtained using a sample of NBPs recorded with high time resolution from close thunderstorms in Sri Lanka. The results show that the peak amplitude and the temporal features such as the Full Width at Half Maximum (FWHM), zero crossing time and the time derivative of NBPs can be significantly distorted by propagation effects. For this reason the study of peak amplitudes and temporal features of NBPs and the remote sensing of current parameters of compact cloud discharges should be conducted using NBPs recorded under conditions where the propagation effects are minimal.

Subject Areas

compact cloud discharges; narrow bipolar pulses; propagation effects; finitely conducting ground

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