The Secondary Effects of Lightning Activity

The trend toward miniaturisation in electronic systems brings an increased sensitivity to electrical transient phenomena. Transistors have shrunk, and dimensions are now on the order of five molecules thick. Most modern integrated circuits operate at very low voltages and, consequently, electrical transients of only a few volts can damage, disrupt or shorten the lifespan of these systems and their components.

In order to effectively evaluate and implement effective protection technology, one must first clarify and understand how nearby lightning activity influences these systems. This paper examines these problems and provides the background information required to understand how to eliminate the secondary effects phenomena from electrical and electronic systems.

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