Electrical Discharges, Coronas, and Streamers

  • Herbert Boerner


We have seen that the creation of ball lightning objects is closely related to normal lightning and especially to cloud-to-ground lightning. In order to understand the conditions that are created by cloud-to-ground lightning, we must take a closer look at electrical discharges in air: the corona, the streamers, and the leaders. St. Elmos fire, mentioned above, is just such a form of corona discharge.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Herbert Boerner
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  1. 1.MainzGermany

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