PhD in IAGA #1

IAGA has a lot of different scientists working on various topics. In this series of blogs, we will introduce some topics that are being worked on by PhD students. Hopefully this will give a better picture of the work being done in the field and encourage more early career researchers.

PaweĊ‚ Jujeczko is a PhD candidate working in the Space Research Centre at the Polish Academy of Sciences. He says:

My research topic concerns the physics of Transient Luminous Events (TLEs). For those not familiar with that abbreviation, TLEs are some various phenomena that occur over very powerful thunderclouds (~10 to 100 km above the ground). In my research I model the behaviour of a TLE called "sprite" with a multi-processor code which works within the kinetic plasma theory. I try to model an instability that is possibly present in a plasma of TLE conditions or in simpler words, I try to tell why sprites look like these on the picture here.

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