The Mechanism of the Origin and Development of Lightning From Initiating Event to Initial Breakdown Pulses (v.2)

@article{Kostinskiy2020TheMO,
  title={The Mechanism of the Origin and Development of Lightning From Initiating Event to Initial Breakdown Pulses (v.2)},
  author={Alexander Yu. Kostinskiy and Thomas C. Marshall and Maribeth Stolzenburg},
  journal={Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres},
  year={2020},
  volume={125}
}
Based on experimental results of recent years, this article presents a qualitative description of a possible mechanism (termed the Mechanism) covering the main stages of lightning initiation, starting before and including the initiating event, followed by the initial electric field change (IEC), followed by the first few initial breakdown pulses (IBPs). The Mechanism assumes initiation occurs in a region of ~1 km3 with average electric field E > 0.3 MV/(m·atm), which contains, because of… 
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