Electrical Fire Patterns in Vegetation

The formation of branching patterns is commonly associated with electrical discharges. Lightning and electrostatic discharges from a Van de Graaff generator are transient luminous branching patterns, and sometimes the passing of an electrical current leaves residual physical patterns. Examples of how such patterns are formed are presented.

Lightning and RF Electrical Bonding

Everything you need to know about the lightning and radio frequency bonding requirements in military and aerospace standards (and nothing you don’t!)

New Lightning Hazards to Consider for Aircraft Certification

The evolution of E and H fields on aircraft struck by lightning is a complex process. An October 2014 in-flight lightning strike is reviewed in this article as an example that inspires a fresh look at how lightning E and H fields should be considered for indirect effects certification.

Lightning Catches Bullet

A million volts and 25 thousand amps are generated during a typical lightning strike. The phenomenology of nature’s oldest EMI Beast is quite fascinating, notably the physics that govern the discharge as it approaches the ground.
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What Happens When Lightning Strikes a Nuclear Weapon?

Intentionally zapping nuclear weapons with lightning sounds dangerous, but it’s actually a safety precaution. Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories perform tests to ensure that stockpiles of nuclear weapons will remain safe even if lightning directly strikes the weapons.

Effects of Lightning on ICT Circuits: Induction and GCR

Generally the effect of lightning on an information and technology (ICT) loop that we worry about most is damage. Let’s consider an ICT loop that is probably the most exposed to the effects of lightning – one that runs between structures.