An Introduction to Lightning

Authors: Cooray, Vernon

  • Based on detailed undergraduate lectures and contains questions and answers on the intro/basics of lightning
  • Devised for entry-level students in atmospheric sciences, electrical engineering and environmental physics
  • Provides basic background and explanation which is also suitable for the popular science reader with an interest in meteorology/lightning
  • It provides a chapter with 30 questions and answers on what you always wanted to know about lightning
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About this Textbook

This book about lightning summarizes the essence of physics and effects of lightning in a non-technical manner and provides an up-to-date description of the phenomenon of lightning in simple language. Starting with the myths related to lightning, the reader is introduced to the mechanism of lightning flashes and their interactions with humans, human-made systems and Earth’s environment. Most of the available books on lightning are written for the experts in the field and there is a need for a book that introduces the undergraduate and beginning post graduate students to the subject of lightning and prepares them for more advanced books meant for the experts. This introductory book, which is based on a series of lectures given to undergraduate and postgraduate students in electrical engineering, is intended to fill this need. Tailored to the needs of university students who plan to study electrical engineering, meteorology, environmental or basic physics, it is also a valuable reference resource for laymen who are interested in knowing more on this phenomenon.

About the authors

Vernon Cooray received his Ph.D. degree in Electricity with special attention to electrical transients and electrical discharges from Uppsala University, Sweden, in 1982. In the year 2000, he was promoted to the rank of full professor in electricity with special attention to transients and electrical discharges at the division for electricity of Uppsala University. From 2000 – 2002 he was the head of the Division for Electricity in the Department of Engineering Sciences.

Vernon Cooray has authored and co-authored more than 400 scientific papers and 22 book chapters on Physics of Lightning and Electrical Discharges, Lightning Interaction and Electromagnetic Compatibility. He is the editor of three books, The Lightning Flash, published by IEE (London) in 2003, Lightning Protection published by IEE (London) in 2009 and Lightning Electromagnetics published by IEE (London) in 2012. Vernon Cooray is the Editor in chief of the Journal of Lightning Research. He was also a guest editor of two issues of Atmospheric Research and two issues of the J. Electrostatics. Vernon Cooray is the vice president of the scientific committee of the International Conference on Lightning Protection (ICLP) and a member of the scientific committee of the Symposium on Lightning Protection (SIPDA).

Reviews

“In a clear and digestible manner, it provides detailed information about the physical processes involved in the lightning discharge and discusses the pertinent principles of lightning protection from the perspective of a general reader. … the book is clear and easy to digest, and it enables a student to obtain a solid understanding of the physical processes involved in the lightning discharge.” (Robert C. Moore, Physics Today, June, 2015)


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Table of contents (20 chapters)

  • Lightning and Humans: The Early Days

    Cooray, Vernon

    Pages 1-5

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  • Basic Physics of Electrical Discharges

    Cooray, Vernon

    Pages 7-27

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  • Basic Electromagnetic Theory with Special Attention to Lightning Electromagnetics

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    Pages 29-58

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  • Earth’s Atmosphere and Its Electrical Characteristics

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    Pages 59-70

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  • Formation of Thunderclouds

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    Pages 71-77

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eBook 47,59 €
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  • ISBN 978-94-017-8938-7
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover 60,74 €
price for China (P.R.) (gross)
  • ISBN 978-94-017-8937-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover 56,06 €
price for China (P.R.) (gross)
  • ISBN 978-94-024-0111-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
An Introduction to Lightning
Authors
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
Distribution Rights
Distribution rights for India: Delhi Book Store, New Delhi, India
eBook ISBN
978-94-017-8938-7
DOI
10.1007/978-94-017-8938-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-017-8937-0
Softcover ISBN
978-94-024-0111-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 386
Number of Illustrations and Tables
182 b/w illustrations, 71 illustrations in colour
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