Craig A. Kletzing

Craig A. Kletzing
Ph.D., University of California, San Diego, 1989
502 VAN
Office Phone: 
(319) 335-1904
Research Interests: 
Experimental space plasma physics; laboratory plasma physics.
  • Experimental measurements of wave electric and magnetic fields in the Earth's Van Allen radiation belts
  • Plasma wave and particle processes that occur in the aurora
  • Electric field measurements near regions of magnetic reconnection
  • Students get hands-on experience with spaceflight hardware
  • Laboratory experiments to test theory for Alfvén waves, turbulence, and collision operators
  • Experiments are prepared at Iowa and then performed at UCLA's Large Plasma Device (LAPD) user's facility
  • On-campus facilities include: two vacuum chambers, an electronics lab, and spaceflight hardware assembly lab
  • Students perform both laboratory and rocket experiments and work on data from satellite missions
  • Students also interact with other group members including two research scientists, and electronics system engineer, postdocs, as well as scientists at other institutions including those at UCLA