Simultaneous observations of EIP, TGF, Elve and optical lightning

N. Østgaard*, S. A. Cummer, A. Mezentsev, A. Luque, J. Dwyer, T. Neubert, V. Reglero, M. Marisaldi, P. Kochkin, D. Sarria, N. Lehtinen, K. Ullaland, S. Yang, G. Genov, O. Chanrion, F. Christiansen, Y. Pu

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On February 8, 2019 the Atmosphere‐Space Interaction Monitor (ASIM) observed a Terrestrial Gamma‐ray Flash (TGF) and an Elve from a positive Intra‐Cloud (+IC) lightning during the initial breakdown stage of a lightning flash north east of Puerto Rico. A second Elve produced by the return stroke (RS) of a negative Cloud‐to‐Ground (‐CG) lightning was observed 456 ms later about 300 km south of the first one. Radio measurements show that a short (30 μs) and large (280 kA km) Energetic In‐cloud Pulse (EIP) produced the electromagnetic (EM) wave for the first Elve while the RS of the ‐CG was the EM source for the second Elve. Assuming that the EIP and the RS were the sources of the 777 nm emissions, both the delay relative to the ultra‐violet (UV) pulse as well as the shape and duration of the 777 nm emissions can be explained by scattering and absorption inside the clouds. The TGF produced by the +IC lightning had the same duration as the EIP ( ∼30 μs). Due to the ±80 μs timing uncertainty of the TGF we can only state that TGF was produced just before or most likely simultaneously with the EIP. The large 777 nm pulse indicates that a large part of the EIP was produced by a current flowing in a hot channel, but it is likely that the TGF current also contributed significantly to the EIP.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere2020JD033921
JournalJournal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres
Issue number11
Number of pages20
Publication statusPublished - 2021

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