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Migrating source of energetic radiation generated by thunderstorm activity

雷活動によって生成された高エネルギー放射線源の移動

鳥居 建男 ; 杉田 武志; 鴨川 仁*; 渡辺 泰行*; 楠 研一*

Torii, Tatsuo; Sugita, Takeshi; Kamogawa, Masashi*; Watanabe, Yasuyuki*; Kusunoki, Kenichi*

冬季雷活動中に数分間発生する高エネルギー放射線の発生源が移動することを、種々の放射線測定器,電界計,レーダー画像によって確認した。放射線源は、雷放電を伴わず、高度300mの下向き半球状の表面から放出されていると考えられ、7m/sの速度で北から南へ移動した。これは、電界系の変動とも一致しており、レーダー画像等の気象データによる風向風速とも合致するものであった。この結果は、雷雲内の電荷領域の下部で生成されていることを意味し、低高度での発生は雷放電を伴わないことと深い関係があることを示唆するものである。

We identify a migrating source of high energy radiation, lasting for several minutes, attributed to thunderstorm activities through the observations of radiation, atmospheric electric field, and meteorological radar echoes at several points. Our findings indicate that the energetic radiation is emitted continuously from a downward hemispherical surface without lightning, the bottom of which is about 300 m above sea level, and this source of radiation moves from north to south above the observation site at a speed of about 7 m/s. The radiation source probably moves along with the negatively charged region of the cloud at the height of around 1 km, because the estimated migration of the radiation source is consistent with the observed movement of atmospheric electric field variation between ground-based observation sites and with the wind speed and direction at about 1 km altitude. This movement implies that the intensive electric field produced by the charged region in the thundercloud generates a radiation source. In addition, our results suggest that the low altitude of radiation source is related to no lightning activity during the energetic radiation emission.

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