Supercharged thunderstorm reaches a record 1.3 billion volts

A team of researchers from several institutions in India and Japan has found that it is possible to use a muon detector to measure electric potential in thunderstorms. The paper is published in the journal Physical Review Letters. The researchers explain that they noticed muon detection levels drop during thunderstorms, and used that information to calculate electric potential in thunderstorms.

Supercharged thunderstorm reaches a record 1.3 billion volts

Supercharged thunderstorm reaches a record 1.3 billion voltsSupercharged thunderstorm reaches a record 1.3 billion volts, Published online: 22 March 2019; doi:10.1038/d41586-019-00934-zMeasurements ...

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Researchers use muon detector to measure electric potential in a thunderstorm

A team of researchers from several institutions in India and Japan has found that it is possible to use a muon detector to measure electric potential in thunderstorms. The paper is published ...

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