Volume 132, Number 3, November 2020
|Number of page(s)||6|
|Section||Physics of Gases, Plasmas and Electric Discharges|
|Published online||22 December 2020|
Estimation of number of runaway electrons per avalanche in Earth's atmosphere
1 Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (National Research University) - 1 “A” Kerchenskaya St., Moscow, 117303, Russia
2 Institute for Nuclear Research of RAS - prospekt 60- letiya Oktyabrya 7a, Moscow, 117312, Russia
3 Institute of Applied Physics of RAS - 46 Ul'yanov Str., 603950, Nizhny Novgorod, Russia
Received: 31 March 2020
Accepted: 7 October 2020
The connection between thunderstorms and relativistic runaway electron avalanches is an important topic that has attracted the attention of many researchers. Among other things, there are a lot of various simulations of the dynamics of electron avalanches. This article was written mostly in response to the article The critical avalanche of runaway electrons by Evgeny Oreshkin (EPL, 124 (2018) 15001) which shows rather large numbers for an estimate of the number of runaway electrons. The results of our own simulation and comparison with other papers are presented.
PACS: 52.90.+z – Other topics in physics of plasmas and electric discharges (restricted to new topics in section 52) / 02.70.Uu – Applications of Monte Carlo methods / 13.40.-f – Electromagnetic processes and properties
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