Fractal dimension of lightning discharge
- 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.