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Atmospheric Electricity
Table of Contents

The following lectures are derived largely from a class developed and taught by Dr. E. Philip Krider at the University of Arizona.  Many of the applications and examples of course concepts come from him, his students, and the research that he has directed..

Introduction to Atmospheric Electricity

Lecture 1 – Global Electrical Circuit

Lecture 2 – The Electrical Experiments of Benjamin Franklin


Electrostatics Review and Applications

Lecture 3 – Electrostatics Review Pt. 1

Lecture 4 – Electrostatics Review Pt. 2

Lecture 5 – Fast and Slow E Field Antennas, E Field Enhancement


Atmospheric Currents and Conductivity

Lecture  6 – Electrical Currents, Mobility, and Conductivity

Lecture 7 – Conductivity Meters and Ion Counters

Lecture 8 – Atmospheric Ionization and Small Ions

Lecture 9 – Cosmic Rays and Small Ion Balance Equations

Lecture 10 – Small Ion Attachment to Particles


Cloud Electrification and the Electric Structure of Thunderstorm Clouds

Supplementary Lecture – Cold Clouds

Lecture 11 – Cloud Electrification and the Distribution of Charge in Thunderstorms

Lecture 12 – Locating Electric Charge Centers in Thunderstorms

Lecture 13 – The Maxwell Current



Lecture 14 – Lightning Phenomenology Pt. 1

Lecture 15 – Lightning Phenomenology Pt. 2

Lecture 16 – Lightning Currents

Lecture 17 – Lightning Current Models and Determining Lightning Currents from

Remote Field Measurements

Lecture 18 – Experimental Test of the Transmission Line Model

Lecture 18a – Lightning Spectroscopy and Thunder


Lightning Protection

Lecture 19 – The Nearest Neighbor Probability Distribution

Lecture 20 – Lightning Protection of Structures

Lecture 21 – Lightning Protection of Electronic Systems

Lightning Detection and Location

Lecture 22 – Ground Based Lightning Locating Systems Pt. 1

Lecture 23 – Ground Based Lightning Locating Systems Pt. 2

Lecture 24 – Ground Based Optical Measurements of Lightning

Lecture 25 – Satellite Observations of Lightning