Ion runaway in lightning discharges
Journal article, 2013

Runaway ions can be produced in plasmas with large electric fields, where the accelerating electric force is augmented by the low mean ionic charge due to the imbalance between the number of electrons and ions. Here we derive an expression for the high-energy tail of the ion distribution function in lightning discharges and investigate the energy range that the ions can reach. We also estimate the corresponding energetic proton and neutron production due to fusion reactions.


Tünde Fülöp

Chalmers, Applied Physics, Nuclear Engineering

M Landreman

Physical Review Letters

0031-9007 (ISSN) 1079-7114 (eISSN)

Vol. 111 1 015006- 015006


Basic sciences

Subject Categories

Fusion, Plasma and Space Physics



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