Articles | Volume 2, issue 2
Nonlin. Processes Geophys., 2, 101–106, 1995
https://doi.org/10.5194/npg-2-101-1995
Nonlin. Processes Geophys., 2, 101–106, 1995
https://doi.org/10.5194/npg-2-101-1995

  30 Jun 1995

30 Jun 1995

Fractal dimension of lightning discharge

J. Sañudo1, J. B. Gómez2, F. Castaño2, and A. F. Pacheco3 J. Sañudo et al.
  • 1Departamento de Fisica, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad de Extremadura,06071 Badajoz, Spain
  • 2Department of Geological Sciences, University College London, Gower St., London WC1 6BT, U.K.
  • 3Departamento de Fisica Teórica, Universidad de Zaragoza, 50009 Zaragoza, Spain

Abstract. Using a stochastic model, we simulate the process of dielectric breakdown in the atmosphere and calculate the fractal dimension of 3-dimensional lightning patterns. Finite-size effects have been studied. The projections of our patterns on vertical planes fit the experimental fractal dimension obtained from photographic analysis. This work is inspired by a previous work by A.A. Tsonis.