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dc.contributor.advisor Few, Arthur A.
dc.creatorWeber, Mark Edward
dc.date.accessioned 2018-12-18T21:17:28Z
dc.date.available 2018-12-18T21:17:28Z
dc.date.issued 1978
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/1911/104104
dc.description.abstract Two balloon borne instruments, capable of making in situ electrical measurements, have been flown into active thunderclouds. The Balloon Electric Field Sensor is a spherical field mill which measures the full vector electric field by making use of its simple relatioship to the surface density of induced charge on a conducting sphere. Analysis of data obtained in a flight on August 12,1976 is well under way and results are presented here. A simple device, compatible in every way with the standard meteorological radiosonde has been developed to measure the vertical electric field component within thunderclouds. This "Coronasonde" measures the corona current induced in a pair of antennae extending above and below the radiosonde box as an indication of the field which is inducing this current. Four flights, made in August of 1977, have produced data of interest. In particular, speculation on the possibility that a "screening layer" of charge at the cloud-air boundary contributed to the corona profile from two of these flights is presented.
dc.format.extent 87 pp
dc.language.iso eng
dc.title Two balloon-borne experiments to measure electric field structure inside thunderstorms
dc.identifier.digital RICE1731
dc.type.genre Thesis
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thesis.degree.department Space Physics and Astronomy
thesis.degree.discipline Natural Sciences
thesis.degree.grantor Rice University
thesis.degree.level Masters
thesis.degree.name Master of Science
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dc.identifier.callno THESIS SP. SCI. 1978 WEBER
dc.identifier.citation Weber, Mark Edward. "Two balloon-borne experiments to measure electric field structure inside thunderstorms." (1978) Master’s Thesis, Rice University. https://hdl.handle.net/1911/104104.


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