Gamma-Rays in Association with the Rocket-Triggered Lightning Caused by Neutron Bursts


In this work, it shows that nuclear reactions in lightning channel, which are produced by the deuterium-deuterium (D-D) and deuterium-tritium (D-T) nuclear reactions, represent a plausible mechanism for gamma-ray bursts observed at ground. Gamma-ray emissions from lightning can be explained by neutron inelastic scattering in the air. Neutrons (produced in lightning channel) will delay a definitive time (~33 ms) to cover the atmosphere before hitting a molecule and producing gamma rays, which is somewhat longer than the gamma-ray time delay (~20 ms) observed at ground.

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G. Paiva, C. Taft, M. Carvalho and N. Furtado, "Gamma-Rays in Association with the Rocket-Triggered Lightning Caused by Neutron Bursts," Atmospheric and Climate Sciences, Vol. 3 No. 4, 2013, pp. 459-464. doi: 10.4236/acs.2013.34047.

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