KVI-researchers have received funds in the FOM projectruimte for the proposal ‘Cosmic lightning’. Applicants of the proposal are Olaf Scholten and Ad van den Berg of KVI, and Ute Ebert of the Centrum Wiskunde en Informatica (CWI) in Amsterdam.
The proposal concerns research on cosmic particles with ultra-high energies which penetrate the atmosphere of the Earth, where they create huge showers of secondary particles. Already for some time KVI is involved in research on these particles at the LOFAR telescope in Drenthe, the Netherlandsand the Pierre Auger Observatory in Argentina. In the proposed project the possible role of these particles in the inception of lightning in a thundercloud will be investigated.
The project joins the expertise in the fields of cosmic particles of KVI with that of modelling of lightning of CWI. Besides theoretical research on the various models, experimental research will be done with LOFAR and the Auger Engineering Radio Array (AREA). The researchers will dispose of two PhD students (OIO’s) and a material budget of k€ 140.
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