Mohammad Barani

Mohammad Barani is a visiting scientist in the High Altitude Observatory (HAO) at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). He is completing his PhD program at West Virginia University (WVU) under the supervision of Dr. Weichao Tu. Mohammad is a Newkirk Fellow at HAO since 2019 in collaboration with professor Mary Hudson. He develops a WVU-HAO radial diffusion computation package using in-situ magnetometer data from GOES and MMS spacecraft to estimate the radial diffusion rate of the electrons in near-earth space. This work paves the way for a realistic estimation of the diffusion rate of the electrons while interacting with Ultra Low Frequency (ULF) magnetic and electric pulsations. Mohammad's project is part of an effort at HAO to model the trapped radiation environment in near-Earth space named Van Allen radiation belts, two belt-like regions that present a hazardous radiative environment for spacecrafts operating within as well as electric power grids on the Earth, space-born navigation and communication systems. Since their discovery in 1958, understanding the governing processes, simulating and eventually predicting the dynamics of radiation belts particles have been the research targets that space physicists have long pursued.

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Mohammad Barani
Position: 
Newkirk Fellow