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Experiment based on spacesuit “Orlan-M”: Neutron fluxes from thunderstorms

Drozdov A., A. Amelushkin, L. Bratolyubova-Tsulukidze, I. Churilo, A. Grigoriev, O. Grigoryan, D. Iudin, E. Mareev, O. Nechaev, V. Petrov, (2010), Experiment based on spacesuit “Orlan-M”: Neutron fluxes from thunderstorms, J. of Geophys. Res. [Space Physics], 115, doi:10.1029/2009JA014903

Abstract

We present a new experiment on the detection of thunderstorm neutrons at orbital altitudes. The aims of the experiment called “Scafandr” are to establish the nature of the neutrons and to explore their properties. Also, the dosimetric measurement program is included in the experiment mission. For the neutron program, measurement of the thermal neutron fluxes from an altitude of 350 km down to 200 km is planned. We plan to obtain substantial statistics and resolution of neutron bursts. This will allow for mapping of the neutrons' distribution on the considered altitudes for their comparison with the thunderstorm activity maps and for comparison with the results of neutron burst numerical modeling. Previous experiments carried out are discussed, and their comparative analysis with the presented one is given.

Authors (sorted by name)

Amelushkin Bratolyubova-Tsulukidze Churilo Drozdov Grigoriev Grigoryan Iudin Mareev Nechaev Petrov

Journal / Conference

Journal Of Geophysical Research (Space Physics)

Acknowledgments

none

Bibtex

@article{doi:10.1029/2009JA014903,
author = {Drozdov, A. and Amelushkin, A. and Bratolyubova-Tsulukidze, L. and Churilo, I. and Grigoriev, A. and Grigoryan, O. and Iudin, D. and Mareev, E. and Nechaev, O. and Petrov, V.},
title = {Experiment based on spacesuit “Orlan-M”: Neutron fluxes from thunderstorms},
journal = {Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics},
year = {2010},
volume = {115},
number = {A8},
pages = {},
keywords = {neutrons, thunderstorm, space experiment},
doi = {10.1029/2009JA014903},
url = {https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1029/2009JA014903},
eprint = {https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/pdf/10.1029/2009JA014903},
abstract = {We present a new experiment on the detection of thunderstorm neutrons at orbital altitudes. The aims of the experiment called “Scafandr” are to establish the nature of the neutrons and to explore their properties. Also, the dosimetric measurement program is included in the experiment mission. For the neutron program, measurement of the thermal neutron fluxes from an altitude of 350 km down to 200 km is planned. We plan to obtain substantial statistics and resolution of neutron bursts. This will allow for mapping of the neutrons' distribution on the considered altitudes for their comparison with the thunderstorm activity maps and for comparison with the results of neutron burst numerical modeling. Previous experiments carried out are discussed, and their comparative analysis with the presented one is given.}
}