Ionized air principles? Answered
I've looked throughout the internet, but I still haven't been able to figure out this one
When air conducts electricity, say when lightning strikes, the electrical field breaks down air molecules...
So, it breaks the intramolecular bonds between gas atoms in nitrogen molecules, oxygen molecules, etc.
The atoms are then ionised. But then somewhere, I got the information that ionised air contains BOTH positive AND negative ions.
How is this possible if the gases are non-metal elements and only form negative ions??
When an electrical current does flow, what carries the charge? The negative air ions? or electrons?
I've found sites that say one, and sites that say another.
Thanks in advance