Joseph Dwyer

Interests include lightning physics and effects, the radiation environment of thunderstorms, terrestrial gamma-ray flashes (TGFs), x-rays from lightning and other topics in Atmospheric and Space Electricity and High Energy Atmospheric Physics.


  • Ph.D., Physics, University of Chicago
  • M.S., Physics, University of Chicago
  • B.S., Mathematics, University of California
  • B.S., Physics, University of California

Research Interests

  • Atmospheric Physics
  • Atmospheric Radiation

Courses Taught

  • PHYS 400: Freshman Seminar
  • PHYS 401: Introduction to Physics I
  • PHYS 407: General Physics I Recitation
  • PHYS 999: Doctoral Research

Selected Publications

Liu, N. Y., & Dwyer, J. R. (2020). Thunderstorm High-Frequency Radio Bursts With Weak Low-Frequency Radiation. GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH LETTERS, 47(23). doi:10.1029/2020GL090325

Smith, D. M., Kelley, N. A., Buzbee, P., Infanger, A., Splitt, M., Holzworth, R. H., & Dwyer, J. R. (2020). Special Classes of Terrestrial Gamma Ray Flashes From RHESSI. JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH-ATMOSPHERES, 125(20). doi:10.1029/2020JD033043

Tilles, J. N., Krehbiel, P. R., Stanley, M. A., Rison, W., Liu, N., Lyu, F., . . . Wilson, J. (2020). Radio Interferometer Observations of an Energetic in-Cloud Pulse Reveal Large Currents Generated by Relativistic Discharges. JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH-ATMOSPHERES, 125(20). doi:10.1029/2020JD032603

Koile, J., Shi, F., Liu, N., Dwyer, J., & Tilles, J. (2020). Negative Streamer Initiation From an Isolated Hydrometeor in a Subbreakdown Electric Field. GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH LETTERS, 47(15). doi:10.1029/2020GL088244

Mailyan, B. G., Nag, A., Dwyer, J. R., Said, R. K., Briggs, M. S., Roberts, O. J., . . . Rassoul, H. K. (2020). Gamma-Ray and Radio-Frequency Radiation from Thunderstorms Observed from Space and Ground. SCIENTIFIC REPORTS, 10(1). doi:10.1038/s41598-020-63437-2

Dwyer, J. R., & Smith, D. M. (2005). A comparison between Monte Carlo simulations of runaway breakdown and terrestrial gamma-ray flash observations. GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH LETTERS, 32(22). doi:10.1029/2005GL023848

Dwyer, J. R., Rassoul, H. K., Al-Dayeh, M., Caraway, L., Wright, B., Chrest, A., . . . Smyth, C. (2004). A ground level gamma-ray burst observed in association with rocket-triggered lightning. GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH LETTERS, 31(5). doi:10.1029/2003GL018771

Dwyer, J. R. (2003). A fundamental limit on electric fields in air. GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH LETTERS, 30(20). doi:10.1029/2003GL017781

Mazur, J. E., Mason, G. M., Dwyer, J. R., Giacalone, J., Jokipii, J. R., & Stone, E. C. (2000). Interplanetary magnetic field line mixing deduced from impulsive solar flare particles. ASTROPHYSICAL JOURNAL, 532(1), L79-L82. doi:10.1086/312561

Mason, G. M., Mazur, J. E., & Dwyer, J. R. (1999). He-3 enhancements in large solar energetic particle events. ASTROPHYSICAL JOURNAL, 525(2), L133-L136. doi:10.1086/312349

Most Cited Publications