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Physics of Lightning Laboratory

About the laboratory

This laboratory was established as part of a scientific research project supported with a monetary grant awarded by the Government of the Russian Federation under a grant competition designed to provide governmental support to scientific research projects implemented under the supervision of the world's leading scientists at Russian institutions of higher learning (Resolution of the RF Government No.220 of April 9, 2010).

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Name of the institution of higher learning:
Institute of Applied Physics RAS

Fields of scientific research:
Earth and Related Environmenal Sciences

Lightning and storms: physics and effects

Leading scientist


Leading scientist's full name: Rakov, Vladimir Alexandrovich

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Academic degree and title:
Candidate of physical and mathematical sciences, professor

Job title:
Professor at the University of Florida, Co-Director of the International Center for Lightning Research and Testing

Field of scientific interests:
- Physics of lightning;
- Atmospheric electricity;
- Protection from lightning.

Scientific recognition:
- Development of new lightning channel models.
- First direct measurement of the concentration of lightning activity products.
- M-component (one of the principal lightning processes) theory.
- Full-scale experiments on initiation of lightning from thunderstorm clouds.

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