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Physics and Effects

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  • Date Published: January 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521035415

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  • This is the first book to cover essentially all aspects of lightning, including lightning physics, lightning protection, and the interaction of lightning with a variety of objects and systems as well as with the environment. Accessible to the technical non-expert, it is addressed to anyone interested in lightning and its effects.

    • A comprehensive reference source on lightning physics and lightning effects
    • Authored by two of the world's leading authorities in the field of lightning
    • Also accessible to non-specialists seeking an understanding of how lightning affects other systems (e.g. electrical and biological)
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    "Lightning Physics and Effects is not a lightning book; it is a lightning encyclopedia. Rarely in the history of science has one contribution covered a subject with such depth and thoroughness as to set the enduring standard for years, perhaps even decades, to come...The overall quality of the printing is superb; the figures are excellent, and the Plate Section presents six classic pages of photographs and figures." EOS

    "...this will be one of the definitive books on lightning for several years to come. The book should be in the library of anybody working on lightning and its effects, and will certainly be of value to students and researchers in the atmospheric sciences as a textbook, detailed reference and bibliographic source." Weather

    "This excellent book discusses all aspects of lightning noted on Earth and the other solar planets.... An all-encompassing book." Choice

    "A great deal of information on lightning and lightning protection." Physics Today

    "Rakov and Uman's encyclopedic work will be extremely useful for specalists as a rich source of factual and bibliographic information." Physics Today

    "This book is clearly the most complete compilation of material on the physics and effects of lightning that exists today. It is well-written, and I expect that it will be an important reference for both specialists and nonspecialists alike in future years." American Meteorological Society, E. Philip Krider

    "...a very useful reference book not only for people interested in lightning and thunder, due to the extensive list of references, but also for researchers and scientists working on high-voltage engineering and nonlinear systems, because the extensive review of various observations also provides guidance for further future investigations." - IEEE Circuits and Devices Magazine

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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521035415
    • length: 700 pages
    • dimensions: 278 x 210 x 37 mm
    • weight: 1.546kg
    • contains: 283 b/w illus. 9 colour illus. 71 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Incidence of lightning
    3. Electrical structure of lightning-producing clouds
    4. Downward negative lightning discharges to ground
    5. Positive and bipolar lightning discharges to ground
    6. Upward lightning initiated by ground-based objects
    7. Artificial initiation (triggering) of lightning by ground-based activity
    8. Winter lightning in Japan
    9. Cloud discharges
    10. Lightning and airborne vehicles
    11. Thunder
    12. Modelling of lightning processes
    13. The distant lightning electromagnetic environment: atmospherics, Schumann resonances and whistlers
    14. Lightning effects in the middle and upper atmosphere
    15. Lightning effects on the chemistry of the atmosphere
    16. Extraterrestrial lightning
    17. Lightning locating systems
    18. Deleterious effects of lightning and protective techniques
    19. Lightning hazards to humans and animals
    20. Ball lightning, bead lightning, and other unusual discharges
    Appendix. books on lightning and related subjects

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    Vladimir A. Rakov, Martin A. Uman

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    Vladimir A. Rakov, University of Florida
    Vladimir A. Rakov is a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Florida. He was previously Director of the Lightning Research Laboratory at Tomsk Polytechnical University, Russia.

    Martin A. Uman, University of Florida
    Martin A. Uman was the co-founder and President of Lightning Location and Protection, Inc. (LLP) and is now a professor and Chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Florida.

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