Professor Skiff won an award from the Naval Research Laboratory entitled “Measurements of suprathermal electron distributions using whistler wave absorption." The project is a collaboration with Jim Schroeder, Assistant Professor of Physics at Wheaton College. Schroeder attended the University of Iowa for his Ph.D. studies.
In a study published in the journal Nature Communications, a team of physicists including Prof. Skiff, reports definitive evidence that the most brilliant auroras are produced by powerful electromagnetic waves during geomagnetic storms.
Fred Skiff will serve as a member of the Fusion Energy Sciences Advisory Committee in the DOE’s Office of Science. The panel provides advice and recommendations on scientific, technical, and programmatic issues relating to the U.S.’s fusion energy sciences program.
Former Graduate Student Feng Chu's paper A Lagrangian model for laser-induced fluorescence and its application to measurements of plasma ion temperature and electrostatic waves was published in Physics of Plasmas as a featured article. His research was also highlighted in AIP Scilight A new interpretation brings better plasma spectroscopy measurements.
Former Graduate Student Jim Schroeder's paper Linear theory and measurements of electron oscillations in an inertial Alfvén wave was highlighted in the Physics Today article A step toward deciphering auroras.