On the electrostatic field created at ground level by a halo

DOI: 
10.1002/2016GL069590
Publication date: 
01/07/2016
Main author: 
Pérez-Invernón, F. J.
IAA authors: 
Pérez-Invernón, F. J.;Gordillo-Vázquez, F. J.;Luque, A.
Authors: 
Pérez-Invernón, F. J.;Gordillo-Vázquez, F. J.;Luque, A.
Journal: 
Geophysical Research Letters
Refereed: 
Yes
Publication type: 
Article
Volume: 
43
Pages: 
7215-7222
Abstract: 
We investigate the effect of halo activity on the electrostatic field measured at ground level. We use electrostatic arguments as well as self-consistent simulations to show that, due to the screening charge in the ionosphere, the distant electrostatic field created by the uncompensated charge in a thundercloud decays exponentially rather than as the third power of the distance. Furthermore, significative ionization around the lower edge of the ionosphere slightly reduces the electrostatic field at ground level. We conclude that halos do not extend the range of detectability of lightning-induced electrostatic fields.
Database: 
ADS
SCOPUS
WOK
URL: 
https://ui.adsabs.harvard.edu/#abs/2016GeoRL..43.7215P/abstract
ADS Bibcode: 
2016GeoRL..43.7215P
Keywords: 
halos;electrostatic