Scientific and Engineering Achievements
New Mexico Tech students, faculty, and other investigators working at
the laboratory have made a number of contributions to the understanding
of thunderstorms. At various times, they have:
- Developed instruments for balloons, airplanes and rockets to
measure electric fields in the vicinity of thunderstorms. (See Electric Field Meters.)
- Mapped some of the electrical features inside, around, and
- Developed ways to trigger lightning using inexpensive model
- Developed a radio interferometer for observing the propagation
of lightning channels inside clouds.
- Designed and constructed a special radar for studying the
alignment of ice crystals by the electric fields of thunderclouds.
- Mapped the trajectories of precipitation particles inside
thunderclouds using multiple Doppler radars.
- Proposed a design for lightning rod tips which better protect
- Measured the production of nitrogen oxides around thunderstorms
in order to compare them with production of man-made sources.
Last updated 7 December 2001 by