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ICAE Fall 1999 News Letter

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RESEARCH NOTEBOOKS OF C.T.R. WILSON

Earle Williams reports:

The AGU Committee on Atmospheric and Space Electricity is continuing efforts to secure general access to the 50 volumes of C.T.R. Wilson laboratory notebooks, currently in the library of the Royal Society in London. Ms. Jessie Wilson, daughter of C.T.R. Wilson, has kindly written to the Royal Society in support of this access. Academic Microforms, at the recommendation of the archivist at the Royal Society, has provided estimates for both microfilming and digitizing this material. Requests have been submitted to the American Geophysical Union (Dr. John Dickey) and the Center for the History of Physics (Dr. Spencer Weart) at the American Institute of Physics (AIP) to cover these costs. The AGU has approved this request, contingent on approval to place the material on the AGU website. This request is currently being considered by the Library Committee of the Royal Society. The AIP has approved funds for microfilming but according to policy, do not support digitizing tasks.

LIGHTNING PHYSICS AND LIGHTNING PROTECTION

by E M Bazelyan, Krzhizhanovsky Power Engineering Institute, Moscow and Y P Raizer, The Institute for Problems in Mechanics, Moscow. Released in Aug 2000 234 x 156mm 325 pages, illustrated, hardback 0750304774 £75.00/$120.00.

Dr John Navas, Senior Commissioning Editor, Books, Institute of Physics Publishing, Dirac House, Temple Back, Bristol, BS1 6BE, UK reports on the publication of this book:

In Lightning Physics and Lightning Protection the authors provide a comprehensive and up-to-date review of lightning, including its hazards and protection techniques. The book considers:

The mechanisms of lightning discharge processes: the initiation of a leader, return stroke and subsequent components, using experimental data and theory.

The effects of large aircraft, high-voltage lines and other high-altitude constructions on lightning trajectory and leader attraction.

The action of lightning's electrical and magnetic fields and the lightning current on industrial premises, power transmission lines, underground communications, aircraft and their electrical circuits and the induction of a dangerous overvoltage.

Effectiveness of conventional protective measures, and gives technical advice and practical recommendations.

THE PROSPECTS FOR THE PREVENTIVE CONTROL OF A LIGHTNING LEADER.

Introduction. Lightning, its destructive effects and protection. The streamer-leader process in a long spark. Available lightning data. Physical processes in a lightning discharge. Lightning attraction by objects. Dangerous lightning effects of modern structures. Index.


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