Assistant Professor of Physics

My research interests span atmospheric and space sciences, geophysics, and plasma physics. I've been tackling open science questions in a number of topis including: atmospheric and space electricity; thunderstorms and its effects in the near-Earth space environment; lightning physics; modeling of electrical discharge plasmas; waves in space plasmas; and development of computer-based tools for analysis of atmospheric and geophysical phenomena. See the Research and Publications tabs for further information.

Caitano L. da Silva


  • January 19, 2019. Our student, Sophia Salazar, is attending the APS Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics in Logan, UT. She is representing NMT at the conference as the only participation from our institution, and presenting her research in lightning physics.
  • May 11, 2018. Our paper on wave-particle interactions in the Earth's radiation belts has just been published on GRL. This is our first paper at NMT.
  • January 2, 2018. I'm starting today as an Assistant Professor of Physics at New Mexico Tech. I'll also be teaching PHYS 122 – General Physics II this Spring. The textbook for this course is free and it can be downloaded here: