Personnel

 

                                 
                 2000                                                                           2003
      
  Click to Enlarge                                                            Click to Enlarge


                                  
                2005                                                                           2005
        
Click to Enlarge                                                           Click to Enlarge


                                  
                2008                                                                           2013
        
Click to Enlarge                                                           Click to Enlarge

 

Faculty:

Dr. Martin A. Uman, Distinguished Professor, Co-Director of the ICLRT, uman@ece.ufl.edu

Dr. Vladimir A. Rakov, Professor, Co-Director of the ICLRT, rakov@ece.ufl.edu

Dr. Robert Moore, Assistant Professor, moore@ece.ufl.edu

Dr. Douglas M. Jordan, Director of Operations at the ICLRT, jordan@ece.ufl.edu

Keith J. Rambo, ECE Director of Finance and Administration, rambo@ufl.edu


Staff:

Michael V. Stapleton, mstap@ece.ufl.edu


Graduate Students:

Shreeharsh Mallick, Ph.D. smallick@ufl.edu

Neal Dupree, Jr., Ph.D. pheobus@ufl.edu

William Gamerota, Ph.D. wrg @ ufl.edu

Terry Ngin, Ph.D. tngin@ufl.edu

John Pilkey, Ph.D. jpilkey@ufl.edu

Vijaya Bhaskar Somu, Ph.D. somu@ufl.edu.

Manh Tran, Ph.D. manhtran@ufl.edu

Yanan Zhu, Ph.D. yananzhu@ufl.edu

Jaime Caicedo, Ph.D. jaime.caicedo@ufl.edu

Brian Hare, Ph.D. bhare8972@hotmail.com

Michael Mitchell, Ph.D. mfmitche@ufl.edu

Daniel Kotovsky, Ph.D. dakotovsky@ufl.edu

Sydney Greene, Ph.D. koroshiya@ufl.edu

Undergraduate Students:

Heidi Hoelscher,   kittykat.aloha@ufl.edu

Michele Le,   mkcle@ufl.edu

Robbie Wilkes,   sirfutile@gamil.com

Sam Brake,   sjbrake@ufl.edu



Back to Top


Facilities

 

The International Center for Lightning Research and Testing (ICLRT) at Camp Blanding, Florida

The Lightning Observatory in Gainesville, Florida

The Lightning Research Laboratory



The International Center for Lightning Research and Testing (ICLRT) at Camp Blanding, Florida

In October 1994, the University of Florida and Camp Blanding Florida Army National Guard Base signed an agreement forming the International Center for Lightning Research and Testing (ICLRT) for the purpose of advancing the science and technology of lightning.  The Center occupies over 100 acres at Camp Blanding, about 45 km north-east of Gainesville, Florida. Airspace is controlled at Camp Blanding so that lightning initiation from overhead thunderclouds using the rocket-and-wire technique can be routinely performed and the resulting triggered lightning studied, in addition to the study of nearby natural lightning (an average of 5 to 6 natural lightning strikes occur on the site each summer).  In February 1995, The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) donated $1,500,000 (original value) of measurement and other equipment (including six Nicolet digitizing oscilloscopes) to the Center.  In May 1997, the University of Florida (UF) in Gainesville donated and installed a 2500 square foot mobile home (value $40,000) to the Center in order to make available both research and living space for UF and visiting investigators.  During summers 1995 to 2007 over 40 researchers (excluding UF faculty, students and staff) from 15 countries representing 4 continents have performed experiments at the Center concerned with various aspects of atmospheric electricity, lightning, and lightning protection.  Since 2005, the ICLRT has been operated jointly by the University of Florida and the Florida Institute of Technology (FIT). More information on the Center and on the recent results of various experiments are found in the publications listed in the Publication Section below.

Back to Top


The Lightning Observatory in Gainesville (LOG), Florida

In March 1996, University of Florida constructed the five-story New Engineering Building (NEB), on the roof of which is the Lightning Observatory, which includes a glass cupola providing over a 180 degree unobstructed view of the horizon.  Lightning electric and magnetic field antennas, an x-ray detector, HF and VHF systems, as well various optical equipment, have been installed on the roof of the NEB.  The Observatory is linked to the Camp Blanding facility by a dedicated phone line and is used for studying the various physical processes in natural and triggered lightning.

Back to Top


The Lightning Research Laboratory

On the fifth floor of the NEB, beneath the observatory, is the 1800 square-foot Lightning Research Laboratory where graduate students and visiting scientists are housed and where data are analyzed.

Back to Top


Publications (1993-2012)

Articles in Reviewed Journals

2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 1998 1997 1996 1995 1994 1993 Back to Top

Other Technical Articles (including published abstracts of conference talks)


2012


2011


2010

2009

2008

2007
2006
2005

2004

2003

2002
2001 2000 1999 1998 1997 1996
1995 1994
  • "Mechanism of Lightning M Component" (Abstract), Eos Trans., AGU, Nov. 1, p.104, 1994, V.A. Rakov, R. Thottappillil, M.A. Uman, and P.P. Barker.
  • "Fulgurites Produced by Triggered Lightning" (Abstract), Eos Trans., AGU, Nov. 1, p.99, 1994, M.A. Uman, D.J. Cordier, R.M. Chandler, V.A. Rakov, R. Bernstein, and P.P. Barker.
  • "On the Duration of Time Intervals Between Lightning Return Strokes", 22nd International Conference on Lightning Protection (ICLP), September 19-23, 1994, Budapest, Hungary, Paper 1a-04, published by Technical University of Budapest, Budapest, Hungary (1994), 5p., V.A. Rakov and M.A. Uman.
  • "Negative Subsequent Strokes: Natural Versus Triggered Lightning", 22nd International Conference on Lightning Protection (ICLP), September 19-23, 1994, Budapest, Hungary, Paper 1c-02, published by Technical University of Budapest, Budapest, Hungary (1994), 6p., R.J. Fisher, G.H. Schnetzer, R. Thottappillil, V.A. Rakov, M.A. Uman, and J.D. Goldberg.
  • "Electric Fields Close to Triggered Lightning", International Symposium on Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC'94 ROMA), September 13-16, 1994, Rome, Italy, Invited Paper B1, published by Faculty of Engineering - University of Rome "La Sapienza", Rome, Italy (1994), Vol. I, pp. 33- 37, M.A. Uman, V.A. Rakov, J.A. Versaggi, R. Thottappillil, A. Eybert-Berard, L. Barret, J.-P. Berlandis, B. Bador, P.P. Barker, S.P. Hnat, J.P. Oravsky, T.A. Short, C.A. Warren, and R. Bernstein.
  • "Review of Lightning Properties Pertinent to GDS Operations from Simultaneous Electric Fields and TV Measurements", The Lightning Chronicle, March 1994, Published by Atmospheric Research Systems, Inc., GeoMet Data Services, Inc. and Lightning Location and Protection, Inc., 2p., M.A. Uman, V.A. Rakov, and R. Thottappillil.
1993
  • "Multiple-Station Measurements of Close Electric and Magnetic Fields Produced by Triggered Lightning Discharges" (Abstract), Eos Trans., AGU, Oct. 26, p.164, 1993, M.A. Uman, V.A. Rakov, R. Thottappillil, J.A. Versaggi, A. Eybert-Berard, L. Barret. P.P. Barker, and S.P. Hnat.
  • "Comparison of Return Stroke Parameters in Triggered and Natural Lightning" (Abstract), Eos Trans., AGU, Oct. 26, p.155, 1993, R. Thottappillil, V.A. Rakov, M.A. Uman, J.D. Goldberg, R.J. Fisher, and G.H. Schnetzer.
  • "Microsecond-Scale Electric Field Pulses in Cloud Lightning Flashes", in Proceedings of the 10th International Symposium on Electromagnetic Compatibility, March 9-11, 1993, Zurich, Switzerland, Paper 30F3, published by ETH Zentrum-IKT, Zurich, Switzerland (1993), pp. 149- 154, Y. Villanueva, V.A. Rakov, M.A. Uman, and M. Brook.
Back to Top

Projects

  • Lightning Initiation, Propagation, Attachment, and Ionospheric Effect, 2010-2014, DARPA.
  • Lightning: Electromagnetic Environment and Source Parameters, 2009-2014, NSF.
  • Lightning and Propagation, 2009-2010, US Dept. Defense/DARPA.
  • Lightning Research and Testing at Camp Blanding, 2009-2010, NASA.
  • A Characterization of the Close Electric and Magnetic Fields and Thunder of Lightning from the UF Multiple Station Experiment, 1999-2010, Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration.
  • Update Direct-Strike Lightning Environment for Stockpile-to-Target Sequence Supplement LLNL - Contract #B568621, 2007-2010, Lawrence Livermore Laboratory.
Back to Top

Contact Information

Dr. M.A. Uman

Dr. V.A. Rakov

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

University of Florida

University of Florida

311 Larsen Hall

553 Engineering Building #33

PO Box 116200

PO Box 116130

Gainesville, FL 32611-6200

Gainesville, FL 32611-6130

Phone: (352) 392-4038

Phone: (352) 392-4242

Fax: (352) 392-8671

Fax: (352) 392-8381

Back to Top
Last Updated: