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GROUND OBSERVATIONS OF SPRITES AND OTHER TLES IN TAIWAN

  • WANG YUN-CHING (Department of Physics, National Cheng Kung University) ;
  • HSU RUE-RON (Department of Physics, National Cheng Kung University) ;
  • SU HAN-TZONG (Department of Physics, National Cheng Kung University) ;
  • CHEN ALFRED BING-CHIH (Department of Physics, National Cheng Kung University) ;
  • LEE YI-JEN (Department of Physics, National Cheng Kung University) ;
  • KUO CHENG-LING (Department of Physics, National Cheng Kung University) ;
  • TSAY WEAN-SHUN (Department of Physics, National Cheng Kung University) ;
  • CHANG CHAN-KAO (Department of Physics, National Cheng Kung University) ;
  • WANG SHI-CHUN (Department of Physics, National Cheng Kung University) ;
  • LEE LOU-CHUANG (Department of Physics, National Cheng Kung University) ;
  • LIU TIE-YUE (National Space Organization)
  • Published : 2005.06.01

Abstract

Sprites, elves and blue jets are collectively denominated as the upper atmospheric transient luminous events (TLEs). They are recently discovered optical flashes between active thunderstorms and the ionosphere. In this report, a brief introduction to the most important characteristics of TLEs is given. Since 2001, scientists from the National Cheng Kung University have been performing yearly summer campaigns from various locations in Taiwan. The main achievements of their yearly campaign are presented.

Keywords

Earth; terrestrial lightning, instrumentation: detectors;high-speed imaging;methods: statistical

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