Telescopic imaging of sprites
Article first published online: 7 DEC 2012
Copyright 2000 by the American Geophysical Union.
Geophysical Research Letters
Volume 27, Issue 17, pages 2637–2640, 1 September 2000
How to Cite
- Issue published online: 7 DEC 2012
- Article first published online: 7 DEC 2012
- Manuscript Accepted: 18 MAY 2000
- Manuscript Received: 4 FEB 2000
Telescopic images of sprites show a wide variety of generally vertical but also slanted fine structure, including branching tree-like shapes and well defined but isolated columns, with transverse spatial scales ranging from tens of meters to a few hundred meters at ∼60–85 km altitude. Simultaneous analysis of radio atmospheric and lightning data indicates that specific columnar regions are selectively excited by successive discharges.