Planetary atmospheric electricity

R. G. Harrison, K. L. Aplin, F. Leblanc, Y. Yair

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Electrification is a fundamental process in planetary atmospheres, found widely in the solar system. It is most evident through lightning discharges, which can influence an atmosphere's chemical composition, but electrification also affects the physical behaviour of aerosols and cloud droplets that determine an atmosphere's radiative balance. In the terrestrial atmosphere, lightning has been implicated in the origin of life.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5-10
Number of pages6
JournalSpace Science Reviews
Issue number1-4
StatePublished - Jun 2008


  • Charge
  • Comparative planetology
  • Cosmic rays
  • Electromagnetic radiation
  • Electrostatic discharge
  • Lightning
  • Primordial atmosphere


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