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Author Silberg, P. A.
Sponsorship USDOE
Source United States Department of Energy Office of Scientific and Technical Information
Content type Text
Language English
Subject Keyword PHYSICS ♦ CORONA ♦ ELECTRIC DISCHARGES ♦ ELECTRIC FIELDS ♦ PLASMA ♦ POLARIZATION ♦ RADIO WAVES ♦ REFLECTION ♦ SPECTRA ♦ SUN
Abstract The hypothetical model of ball lightning suggested by Kapitza is considered to uncover evidence which will substantiate or contradict the theory. Reports of the phenomenon are summarized. Arguments concerning Kapitza's scheme are given. A theoretical model in an ideal environment is examined. The radio- frequency field suggested by Kapitza is considered, and the interference effects resulting from the reflection of a discrete band spectrum of linearly polarized waves from a perfect reflector are presented. The gaseous discharge is discussed, under the assumption that the ball lightning phenomenon is analogous to a point-to-plane corona discharge. It is determined that, given a sufficiently intense electric field, a horizontal discharge along one of the electric field antinodes, suggestive of horizontal lightning, can result. It is concluded that this work supports Kapitza's hypothesis, but that more must be done before the theory is fully substantiated. (auth)
ISSN 00218979
Educational Use Research
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 1961-01-01
Publisher Department Melpar Inc., Watertown, Mass.
Journal Journal of Applied Physics
Volume Number 32
Organization Melpar Inc., Watertown, Mass.


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