Lightning spectroscopy-photographic techniques. Academic Article uri icon


  • Some spectroscopic studies of lightning from 1901 to the present are reviewed, with special emphasis on slitless techniques-time-integrated and time-resolved. Some of the best examples of the authors' time-integrated spectra are reproduced to display and identify emission and absorption features from 3000 A to almost 9000 A on a nearly uniform scale approximating 20 A/mm. Time-resolved spectra in the visible region are reproduced in the range of milliseconds for a continuing-current luminosity, and microseconds for a return stroke and a stepped leader.

published proceedings

  • Appl Opt

author list (cited authors)

  • Orville, R. E., & Salanave, L. E.

citation count

  • 30

complete list of authors

  • Orville, RE||Salanave, LE

publication date

  • August 1970