We introduce our research result published in Nature: “Nuclear Reactions originating in Lightning”.

Paper in Nature https://www.nature.com/articles/nature24630
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Crowdfunding site (Succeeded) https://academist-cf.com/projects/16?lang=ja

Teruaki Enoto (Associate Professor, The Hakubi Center for Advanced Research, Kyoto University, Japan)
Yuuki Wada (Ph.D student, Graduate School of Science, The University of Tokyo, Japan)


We study powerful winter thunderstorms taking place in coastal areas of Sea of Japan to reveal how lightning bolts are triggered. Coincidentally, we discovered that lightning discharges triggered nuclear reactions in the atmosphere, and emitted positrons, the antiparticle of electrons. This result was published in Nature.
We continue this study in Japan to encount another discovery…


Cast Teruaki Enoto / Yuuki Wada / Takahiro Matsumoto / Takayuki Yuasa

Narration Jen Crook
Animation Shinnosuke Ikeda
and Sound Izumi Matsuno
Scenario / Edit / Direction Makiko Maruyama

Sources NASA / Nature / Natureasia /
Meteorological Satellite Center of Japan Meteorological Agency /
OTOWA Electric Co., Ltd.

Special Thanks to Kanazawa West High School
Kanazawa University High School
Kanazawa Izumigaoka High School
Ishikawa Platng Industry Co., Ltd.
Eiri Ono
Jen Crooks Films
Wise Babel Ltd.

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