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Liu, Rassoul Awarded NSF Grant for Jets Research
An image of an upward electrical discharge captured by Florida Tech researchers.

An image of an upward electrical discharge captured by Florida Tech researchers.

The National Science Foundation awarded Hamid Rassoul and Ningyu Liu a three-year, $456,000 to investigate the dynamics and energetics of the upward electrical discharges from thunderstorms, known as starters, jets and gigantic jets.

Rassoul and Liu are building a high-speed spectrograph at Florida Tech to advance understanding of the dynamics and energetics of this poorly understood phenomena and answer questions such as the nature of the underlying discharge process, the temperature of the jets and if upward discharges propagate all the way up to the lower ionosphere.

“We are expecting that the result of this work potentially lead to major discoveries,” says Rassoul. “The proposed work will not only result in a significant advancement in the science of starters, jets and gigantic jets, but also accelerate our understanding of the direct, impulsive coupling of the lower and upper atmospheric regions.”

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