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Lightning strike->positive streamers

  1. May 1, 2012 #1
    Lightning strike--->positive streamers

    they said the lightning will connect to a positive streamer to "complete" the circuit. When a lightning strikes a man, do human produce positive streamers?
     
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  3. May 1, 2012 #2

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    Re: Lightning strike--->positive streamers

    Yes, any conductor in a sufficiently strong electric field will do so, including human body.
     
  4. May 2, 2012 #3
    Re: Lightning strike--->positive streamers

    In a strong enough electric field, any material becomes a 'conductor'.
     
  5. May 2, 2012 #4

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    Re: Lightning strike--->positive streamers

    Yes, but if you take an insulator that breaks down at higher field than air, the field will never get strong enough.
     
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