Radiophysics and Quantum Electronics

, Volume 48, Issue 6, pp 435–446 | Cite as

Kinetic Instability of Charged-Particle Flow in a Thunderstorm Cloud

  • V. S. Grach
  • A. G. Demekhov
  • V. Yu. Trakhtengerts


We consider the linear stage of an instability of charged-particle flow in a thunderstorm cloud. A dispersion relation characterizing the temporal evolution of a spectral component of the quasistatic electric field is obtained with account of the size spread of large particles. This dispersion relation is studied for the cases of a monodispersed particle ensemble and a model distribution function. The dependences of the instability parameters on the large-particle size spread and the air-flow conductivity are obtained.


Distribution Function Large Particle Dispersion Relation Temporal Evolution Quantum Electronics 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • V. S. Grach
    • 1
  • A. G. Demekhov
    • 1
  • V. Yu. Trakhtengerts
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Applied PhysicsRussian Academy of SciencesNizhny NovgorodRussia

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