Radar cross section of a lightning element modeled as a plasma cylinder

Authors

  • Vladislav Mazur,

  • Richard Doviak


Abstract

The radar cross section of a lightning element modeled as a finite length plasma cylinder at an oblique angle of incidence is offered. The model is based on the exact solution of Maxwell's equations for a dielectric cylinder of Infinite length. Assumptions are made about reflection and transmission at joints between neighboring lightning elements. The proposed model is valid for cylinders with radii that are a small fraction of wavelength.

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