Controlled Stimulation of Magnetospheric Electrons by Radio Waves: Experimental Model for Lightning Effects

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Science  18 Mar 1983:
Vol. 219, Issue 4590, pp. 1324-1327
DOI: 10.1126/science.219.4590.1324


Magnetospheric electrons precipitated by ground-based coded very low frequency radio transmissions have been detected by rocket measurement of bremsstrahlung x-rays, caused by impact of the electrons with the upper atmosphere. The direct correlations obtained between the very low frequency signals and the x-rays demonstrate the limits of sensitivity required and indicate that this remote sensing technique would be useful for future study of very low frequency effects induced by single lightning strokes.