Sprites, Elves and Intense Lightning Discharges

  • Martin Füllekrug
  • Eugene A. Mareev
  • Michael J. Rycroft

Part of the NATO Science Series II: Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry book series (NAII, volume 225)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XV
  2. Colin Price
    Pages 85-99
  3. Thomas H. Allin, T. Neubert, S. Laursen
    Pages 101-121
  4. Stephen B. Mende, Y. S. Chang, A. B. Chen, H. U. Frey, H. Fukunishi, S. P. Geller et al.
    Pages 123-149
  5. Craig J. Rodger, R. J. McCormick
    Pages 167-190
  6. Yasuhide Hobara, M. Hayakawa, E. Williams, R. Boldi, E. Downes
    Pages 211-235
  7. Victor P. Pasko
    Pages 253-311
  8. Eugene A. Mareev, A. A. Evtushenko, S. A. Yashunin
    Pages 313-340
  9. Victor Y. Trakhtengerts, Dmitry I. Iudin
    Pages 341-376
  10. T. Farges
    Pages 377-394
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 395-398

About these proceedings


Particularly intense lightning discharges can produce transient luminous events above thunderclouds, termed sprites, elves and jets. These short lived optical emissions in the mesosphere can reach from the tops of thunderclouds up to the ionosphere; they provide direct evidence of coupling from the lower atmosphere to the upper atmosphere. Sprites are arguably the most dramatic recent discovery in solar-terrestrial physics. Shortly after the first ground based video recordings of sprites, observations on board the Space Shuttle detected sprites and elves occurring all around the world. These reports led to detailed sprite observations in North America, South America, Australia, Japan, and Europe. Subsequently, sprites were detected from other space platforms such as the International Space Station and the ROCSAT satellite. During the past 15 years, more than 200 contributions on sprites have been published in the scientific literature to document this rapidly evolving new research area.


Aeronomy Cloud Current density Ionosphere LED Meteorology Remote Sensing Scale Storm Thunder Thunderstorm electrodynamics lightning magnetism

Editors and affiliations

  • Martin Füllekrug
    • 1
  • Eugene A. Mareev
    • 2
  • Michael J. Rycroft
    • 3
  1. 1.Centre for Space Atmospheric and Oceanic ScienceUniversity of BathUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Institute of Applied PhysicsRussian Academy of SciencesNizhny NovgorodRussian Federation
  3. 3.CAESAR ConsultancyCambridgeUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer 2006
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4020-4627-8
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4020-4629-2
  • Series Print ISSN 1568-2609
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