The difference between the three “scholarly” flights is this:
You know on Mythbusters when they first get the myth and do the math for it and it doesn’t work out (or does)? And they’re like confirmed/busted? That’s Light.
When they manipulate the variables to make the myth work that’s Lightning.
And when they manipulate the variables to make something explode in a suitably flashy fashion, that’s Arcane.