Chapter 19. Atmospheric Plasmas

  1. Boris M. Smirnov

Published Online: 29 DEC 2007

DOI: 10.1002/9783527617708.ch19

Physics of Ionized Gases

Physics of Ionized Gases

How to Cite

Smirnov, B. M. (2001) Atmospheric Plasmas, in Physics of Ionized Gases, Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH, Weinheim, Germany. doi: 10.1002/9783527617708.ch19

Author Information

  1. Russian Academy of Sciences

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 29 DEC 2007
  2. Published Print: 9 MAR 2001

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780471175940

Online ISBN: 9783527617708



  • atmospheric plasmas;
  • lightning;
  • atomic oxygen;
  • ionosphere;
  • upper atmosphere


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Special Features of Atmospheric Plasmas

  • The Earth as an Electrical System

  • Lightning

  • Prebreakdown Phenomena in the Atmosphere

  • Ionosphere

  • Atomic Oxygen in the Upper Atmosphere

  • Ions in the Upper Atmosphere