The electric fields in thunderstorms can exceed the breakdown value locally near ice particles present in thunderclouds. But are fields high enough and the regions large enough to initiate a streamer discharge? And where would a sufficient density of free electrons come from to start the discharge in the humid air that rapidly binds electrons in water-clusters?
Additional Metadata
THEME Energy (theme 4)
Project Cosmic Lightning
Conference International Conference on Phenomena in Ionized Gases
Grant This work was funded by the The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO); grant id nwo/12PR3041-2 - Cosmic Lightning
Citation
A. Dubinova, A, Rutjes, C, Ebert, U, Buitink, S, Scholten, O, & Trinh, T.N.G. (2015). Lightning inception from ice particles and extensive air showers. In Proceedings of International Conference on Phenomena in Ionized Gases 2015 (ICPIG 32) (pp. 1–4).