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Kristina Lynch

Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Dartmouth since 2002


  • University of New Hampshire: PhD 1992
  • University of New Hampshire: MS 1990
  • Washington University in St. Louis: AB 1984


  • 2002-present: Dartmouth College, Assistant Professor
  • 1999-2002: University of New Hampshire, Research Associate Professor
  • 1995-1999: University of New Hampshire, Research Assistant Professor
  • 1992-1995: University of New Hampshire, Research Scientist
  • 1988-1992: University of New Hampshire, Graduate Student
  • 1984-1988: Air Force Geophysics Laboratory, USAF Lieutenant/Research Physicist
  • 1981-1984: Washington University, Undergraduate Research Assistant

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Research Interests

Auroral space plasma physics, ionospheric and mesospheric sounding rocket experiments, instrumentation, and data analysis; wave-particle interactions in the auroral ionosphere.

Selected Recent Publications

Multipoint measurements of field aligned current density in the auroral zone", Zheng, Y., K. Lynch, et al., in press, J. Geophys. Res., 2002.
"Return-current-region aurora: E-parallel,j-z, particle energization, and BBELF wave activity", Lynch, K.A., J. Bonnell, C. Carlson, W. Peria, J. Geophys. Res., 2002.
"Multiple-point electron measurements in a nightside auroral arc: Auroral Turbulence II particle observations", Lynch, K.A., D. Pietrowski, R. Torbert, N. Ivchenko, G. Marklund, F. Primdahl, Geophys. Res. Letts, Nov. 1999.
"Transverse ion accleration from lower hybrid solitary structures: a summary of sounding rocket observations", Lynch, K.A., R.L. Arnoldy, P.M. Kintner, P. Schuck, J. Bonnell, and V. Coffey, J. Geophys. Res., Dec. 1999.
"First observation of meteoric charged dust in the tropical mesosphere", Gelinas, L.J., K.A. Lynch, M.C. Kelley, S. Collins, S. Baker, Q. Zhou, and J. Friedman, Geophys. Res. Lett, 1998.
"The AMICIST Auroral Sounding Rocket --- A Comparison of Transverse Ion Acceleration Methods", Lynch, K.A., R.L. Arnoldy, P.M. Kintner, and J. Bonnell, Geophys. Res. Lett., 1996.
"SCIFER --- The Structure of the Cleft Ion Fountain at 1400~km Altitude", Arnoldy, R.L., K.A. Lynch, P.M. Kintnter, and J. Bonnell, Geophys. Res. Lett., 1996.
"Electron Distribution Function Behavior During Transverse Ion Acceleration Events in the Topside Auroral Zone", Lynch, K.A., R.L. Arnoldy, P.M. Kintner, and J. Vago, J. Geophys. Res., 1994.
"Fine Structure of Auroral Particle Acceleration", Lynch, Kristina A., Ph.D. dissertation, University of New Hampshire, May, 1992.
"Transverse Ion Acceleration by Localized Lower Hybrid Waves in the Topside Auroral Ionosphere", Vago, J., et al., J. Geophys. Res., 97, 16935, 1992.
"Localized Lower Hybrid Acceleration of Ionospheric Plasma", Kintner, P.M. et al., Phys. Rev. Lett., 68 (16), 2448, 1992.
"Bursts of Transverse Ion Acceleration at Rocket Altitudes", Arnoldy, R.L. et al., Geophys. Res. Lett., 19, 413, 1992.
PROTEL: Design, Fabrication, Calibration, Testing, and Satellite Integration of a Proton Telescope. Lynch, K.A., E.A. Boughan, D.K. Fischi, D.A. Hardy, and K.B. Riehl, AFGL In-house Technical Report, AFGL-TR-89-0045, 1989.