A model for ball lightning

  title={A model for ball lightning},
  author={G. Dijkhuis},
An eyewitness sees ball lightning as a luminous sphere in regions of thunderstorm activity. There are many reports of ball lightning forming after a lightning discharge, existing for several seconds, and terminating suddenly and silently, or exploding with or without material damage1,2. Jennison3 has described ball lightning observed at close range inside a commercial aircraft shortly after a lightning discharge. As it drifted down the aisle of the passenger cabin, this ball lightning exhibited… 
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  • Physics
    Proceedings of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences
  • 2010
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An investigation of the generation and properties of laboratory-produced ball lightning
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  • A. I. Nikitin
  • Physics
    Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics
  • 2019
Proton-electron model of ball lightning structure
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