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Nature 228, 545 - 547 (07 November 1970); doi:10.1038/228545a0

Is Ball Lightning a Nuclear Phenomenon ?

M. D. ALTSCHULER, L. L. HOUSE & E. HILDNER

High Altitude Observatory, National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, Colorado.

BALL lightning is characterized by the presence of a luminous mobile globe of high energy density produced in regions of considerable electrical activity. The properties of ball lightning have been outlined in recent surveys1–4. We are interested here in the few but significant cases of high energy ball lightning.

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