A lightning strike gamma-ray system installed at FESB

In December 2021, Split’s FESB and Santa Cruz University of California (UCSC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the). The contract was signed by John S. Rakitan, on behalf of UCSC, Srdjan Podrug, FESB’s Dean on behalf of Faculty, and prof. Dragan Poljak, Head of Department for Electromagnetic Compatibility and Numeric Methods in Electronics.

As part of the scientific cooperation between these two institutions, a UCSC system for detecting high-energy radiation due to thunderstorms and identifying nearby lightning that generates terrestrial gamma rays was installed on the roof of the Faculty. UCSC representatives, members of the said Department and FESB technical staff did it together.

The measurements are available to University of California’s researchers online for further processing. Data they produce will be analyzed by researchers from both UCSC and FESB.

Prof. Poljak’s research group will be in charge of electromagnetic simulation of these phenomena, using numeric methods they have been developing for decades.

By: Mila PULJIZ / Universitas

Photo: Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture FESB