Versatility, insight, and teamworkWe built our own toys, collect our own data, and write our own theories
Engineering meets Science
We are trained as engineers, but the scientist side of our group enjoys the process of using radio waves at low frequencies to understand the natural electricity of the Earth. We live on a wondrous planet, and enjoy travelling throughout the world to conduct our experiments.
Did you know that here in Atlanta we can easily observe lightning from almost anywhere on the planet? This is because lightning releases intense radio waves that propagate globally, reflecting from an upper atmospheric electrically charged layer known as the ionosphere.
Navigation and Comms
Because low frequency waves travel globally, they have been quite useful practically. Long before GPS ever existed, engineers were using low frequency waves broadcast from manmade radio stations to determine location anywhere on the planet. And various navies have been using low frequency waves to communicate with submarines across an entire ocean.
Low frequency waves play an important role in space physics. There are two bands of intense radiation that surround the Earth, which bombard satellite electronics and eventually destroy them. This radiation originates from the Sun, but it turns out that low frequency waves may hold the key to understanding how these radiation belts form and evolve.