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Application of the Lienard-Wiechert solution to a lightning return stroke model


  • Robert Meneghini


The electric and magnetic fields associated with a lossless transmission line model of the return stroke are expressed as a convolution of the current waveform shape and the fields generated by a moving charge of amplitude one (i.e., the Lienard-Wiechert solution for a unit charge). The representation can be used to compute the fields produced by a current waveform of non-uniform velocity that propagates along a filament of arbitrary, but finite, curvature. To study numerically the effects of linear charge acceleration and channel curvature, two simple channel models are used: the linear and the hyperbolic.

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