Plasma Physics Research at New Mexico Tech

My team works at the interface between atmospheric/space sciences and plasma physics. In recent years we've been tackling scientific questions in a number of topics, 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.


  • August 13, 2019: Our student, Sophia Salazar, has been awarded a NM Space Grant Undergraduate Research Fellowship to study lightning effects in the lower ionosphere.
  • July 15, 2019: Our student, Alex Attanasio, has just published his first article on the Journal of Geophysical Research. Alex will start his M.S. program in the upcoming Fall semester. This article is one of two papers our team has published in JGR this Summer. The other one can be found here.
  • June 28, 2019: Our team has just been awarded a major NSF grant to study the mechanism of runaway electron acceleration in lightning and laboratory electrical discharges.
  • May 30, 2019: Our student, Sophia Salazar, is spending this Summer at the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico in a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program.
  • May 9, 2019: Our team has just been awarded a grant from the NM EPSCoR State Office to study lightning effects on SMART grids.
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