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Probing atmospheric electric fields in thunderstorms through radio emission from cosmic-ray-induced air showers

Schellart, P; Trinh, T. N. G.; Buitink, S; Corstanje, Arthur; Enriquez, J.E.; Falcke, H; Hörandel, J.R.; Nelles, A; Rachen, J.P.; Rossetto, L; Scholten, O; Ter Veen, Sander; Thoudam, Satyendra; Ebert, U; Koehn, C; Rutjes, C; Alexov, A.; Anderson, J M; Avruch, Ian M.; Bentum, M J; Bernardi, G; Best, Phillip; Bonafede, A; Breitling, F; Broderick, J; Bruggen, M; Butcher, Harvey; Ciardi, Benedetta; de Geus, Eugene; de Vos, Marco; Duscha, S; Eisloffel, Jochen; Hoeft, M; Holties, H. A; Juette, E; Kondratiev, V. I.; Kuniyoshi, M; Kuper, G.; Mann, Gottfried; McFadden, R; McKay-Bukowski, D; McKean, J P; Mevius, Maaijke; Moldon, J; Norden, M J; Orru, Emanuela; Paas, H.; Pandey-Pommier, Mamta; Pizzo, R; Polatidis, A.G.; Reich, W; Rottgering, Hubb; Scaife, Anna; Schwarz, Dominik; Serylak, M; Smirnov, O; Steinmetz, M.; Swinbank, J; Tagger, Michel; Tasse, C; van Weeren, Reinout J.; Toribio, C.; Vermeulen, R.C.; Vocks, Christian; Wise, Michael W; Wucknitz, O; Zarka, P


We present measurements of radio emission from cosmic ray air showers that took place during thunderstorms. The intensity and polarization patterns of these air showers are radically different from those measured during fair-weather conditions. With the use of a simple two-layer model for the atmospheric electric field, these patterns can be well reproduced by state-of-the-art simulation codes. This in turn provides a novel way to study atmospheric electric fields.

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Date published: 2015
Type: Journal article
Source: Physical Review Letters
DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.114.165001
Access Rights: Open Access


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