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

P. Schellart, T.N.G. Trinh, S. Buitink, A. Corstanje, J.E Enriquez, H. Falcke, M.J. Bentum

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    Abstract

    We present measurements of radio emission from cosmic ray air showers that took place during thunder storms. 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.
    Original languageEnglish
    Article number165001
    Number of pages6
    JournalPhysical review letters
    Volume114
    Issue number16
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 24 Apr 2015

    Keywords

    • METIS-315601
    • EWI-26542
    • IR-99169

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    Schellart, P., Trinh, T. N. G., Buitink, S., Corstanje, A., Enriquez, J. E., Falcke, H., & Bentum, M. J. (2015). Probing atmospheric electric fields in thunderstorms through radio emission from cosmic-ray induced air showers. Physical review letters, 114(16), [165001]. https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.114.165001