Transient Upper Atmospheric Plasmas:Sprites and Halos

Titulo: 
Transient Upper Atmospheric Plasmas:Sprites and Halos
Autores: 
Passas, M; del Rio, JS; Luque, A; Gordillo-Vazquez, FJ
Resumen: 
Sprites and halos are two types of the so-called transient luminous events occurring in the upper layers (40-90 km) of the earth atmosphere. Their spectacular appearance is due to the optical emissions from mesospheric plasmas caused by the electric breakdown of the high-altitude rarified air. While halos look like flattened diffuse flashes of light appearing between 80 and 85 km, sprites exhibit a sharp transition between the upper diffuse and lower plasma streamer regions, as observed in one of the images shown here.
Autor principal: 
Passas, M
Autor/es del IAA: 
Passas, Maria; Sanchez del Rio, Justo; Luque, Alejandro; Gordillo-Vazquez, Francisco J.
DOI: 
10.1109/TPS.2014.2329320
Revista: 
IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON PLASMA SCIENCE
Fecha de publicación: 
2014/10
Volumen: 
42
Issue: 
10
Páginas: 
2664-2665
Tipo de documento: 
Article
Palabras clave: 
Geophysics; geoscience and remote sensing; meteorology; nuclear and plasma sciences; plasmas