Joseph Richard Dwyer

Joseph R. 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 405: Intro to Modern Astronomy
  • PHYS 407: General Physics I Recitation
  • PHYS 408: General Physics II Recitation
  • PHYS 508: Thermodynamics&Statistic Mech
  • PHYS 615: Mechanics/Mathematical Phys I
  • PHYS 999: Doctoral Research

Selected Publications

Sarria, D., Rutjes, C., Diniz, G., Luque, A., Ihaddadene, K. M. A., Dwyer, J. R., . . . Ebert, U. (2018). Evaluation of Monte Carlo tools for high-energy atmospheric physics II: relativistic runaway electron avalanches. GEOSCIENTIFIC MODEL DEVELOPMENT, 11(11), 4515-4535. doi:10.5194/gmd-11-4515-2018

Smith, D. M., Bowers, G. S., Kamogawa, M., Wang, D., Ushio, T., Ortberg, J., . . . Stock, M. (2018). Characterizing Upward Lightning With and Without a Terrestrial Gamma Ray Flash. JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH-ATMOSPHERES, 123(20), 11321-11332. doi:10.1029/2018JD029105

Bowers, G. S., Smith, D. M., Kelley, N. A., Martinez-McKinney, G. F., Cummer, S. A., Dwyer, J. R., . . . Rassoul, H. K. (2018). A Terrestrial Gamma-Ray Flash inside the Eyewall of Hurricane Patricia. Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, 123(10), 4977-4987. doi:10.1029/2017JD027771

Hettiarachchi, P., Cooray, V., Rahman, M., & Dwyer, J. (2017). Energy Distribution of X-rays Produced by Meter-Long Negative Discharges in Air. Atmosphere, 8(12), 244. doi:10.3390/atmos8120244

Shi, F., Liu, N., & Dwyer, J. R. (2017). Three-Dimensional Modeling of Two Interacting Streamers. Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, 122(19), 10,169-10,176. doi:10.1002/2017JD026935

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), n/a. 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), n/a. doi:10.1029/2003GL018771

Dwyer, J. R. (2003). A fundamental limit on electric fields in air. Geophysical Research Letters, 30(20), n/a. 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. The Astrophysical Journal, 532(1), L79-L82. doi:10.1086/312561

Mason, G. M., Mazur, J. E., & Dwyer, J. R. (1999). [TSUP]3[/TSUP]H[CLC]e[/CLC] Enhancements in Large Solar Energetic Particle Events. The Astrophysical Journal, 525(2), L133-L136. doi:10.1086/312349

Most Cited Publications