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Electron Acceleration Mechanisms in Thunderstorms

@article{Celestin2016ElectronAM,
  title={Electron Acceleration Mechanisms in Thunderstorms},
  author={Sebastien Celestin},
  journal={arXiv: High Energy Astrophysical Phenomena},
  year={2016}
}
  • S. Celestin
  • Published 31 December 2016
  • Physics
  • arXiv: High Energy Astrophysical Phenomena
Thunderstorms produce strong electric fields over regions on the order of kilometer. The corresponding electric potential differences are on the order of 100 MV. Secondary cosmic rays reaching these regions may be significantly accelerated and even amplified in relativistic runaway avalanche processes. These phenomena lead to enhancements of the high-energy background radiation observed by detectors on the ground and on board aircraft. Moreover, intense submillisecond gamma-ray bursts named… 

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