Auroral Electron Acceleration

Here we describe the results in our recent paper in Nature Communications 12:3103 (2021),
Laboratory measurements of the physics of auroral electron acceleration by Alfven waves

The paper has also been featured as an Editor's Highlight for Nature Communications in the research area of “Astronomy and Planetary Science.”

Press Coverage

Press Releases and Briefings

  1. University of Iowa Physicists determine how auroras are created
  2. UCLA: ‘Surfing’ particles: Physicists solve a mystery surrounding aurora borealis
  3. Wheaton College: Wheaton Professor Discovers the Force Behind the Northern Lights
  4. American Astronomical Society Press Briefing: Auroral Electrons Surfing on Alfven Waves

News Articles

  1. CNN: The mysterious origin of the northern lights has been proven
  2. NPR: What Causes The Northern Lights? Scientists Finally Know For Sure
  3. BBC: Aurora borealis: How northern lights are created has now been discovered
  4. NASA: Lab Experiments Shed New Light on NASA Satellite Observations
  5. Popular Science: We finally know what sparks the Northern Lights
  6. Physics World: Electrons ‘surf’ on Alfvén waves in plasma-chamber experiments
  7. Phys.org: Physicists report definitive evidence how auroras are created
  8. Business Insider: Scientists have solved a decades-old mystery about how auroras form in the sky
  9. Ars Technica: Physicists find “definitive evidence” of mechanism behind brightest auroras
  10. Eurekalert: Physicists report definitive evidence how auroras are created
  11. Eurekalert: 'Surfing' particles: Physicists solve a mystery surrounding aurora borealis
  12. Inverse: Physicists Solved a Longstanding Mystery of the Aurora Borealis
  13. The Weather Network: The mystery behind what powers the Northern Lights has now been solved
  14. Science Alert: For The First Time, Physicists Have Confirmed The Enigmatic Waves That Cause Auroras
  15. Sci Tech Daily: At Last, Physicists Report Definitive Evidence of How Brilliant Auroras Are Created
  16. Sci Tech Daily: “Surfing” Particles on Alfvén Waves: Physicists Solve a Mystery Surrounding Aurora Borealis
  17. Science Daily: Physicists report definitive evidence how auroras are created
  18. Space Daily: Physicists determine how auroras are created
  19. Space.com: Earth's aurora origin mystery solved by 'surfing' electrons
  20. Space Ref: Physicists Report Definitive Evidence On How Auroras Are Created
  21. Newser: Scientist Say They Now Know How an Aurora Occurs
  22. Academic Times: The northern lights are caused by electrons hurtling toward Earth — and now we know how they get there
  23. Science News: Auroras form when electrons from space ride waves in Earth’s magnetic field
  24. MSN: The mystery behind what powers the Northern Lights has now been solved
  25. MSN: For The First Time, Physicists Have Confirmed The Enigmatic Waves That Cause Auroras
  26. Yahoo! News: Scientists have solved a decades-old mystery about how auroras form in the sky
  27. News Central Site: Physicists report definitive evidence how auroras are created
  28. Astrobites: Astrobites at AAS 238: Day 1
  29. Daily Magazine: Scientists have solved a decades-old mystery about how auroras form in the sky
  30. Labroots: Physicists Find Definitive Proof of What Causes the Northern Lights
  31. Live Science: Electrons 'surf' across space to create the northern lights, new study finds
  32. ZME Science: Physicists find definite proof of how auroras are born
  33. myScience: ’Surfing’ particles: Physicists solve a mystery surrounding aurora borealis
  34. Tech Explorist: Definitive evidence how auroras are formed
  35. ScienMag: ‘Surfing’ Particles: Physicists Solve A Mystery Surrounding Aurora Borealis
  36. Interesting Engineering: Physicists Think They Know Exactly What Causes Auroras
  37. Earth.com News: Northern lights linked to electrons traveling at millions of miles per hour
  38. Nature World News: Scientists Recreate Aurora Borealis in Lab to Understand How Northern Lights Are Formed
  39. Wonderful Engineering: Physicists Have Revealed The True Reason That Causes Auroras
  40. Smart Brief: Scientists confirm cause of northern lights
  41. Newsy: Physicists Prove Origins Of Northern Lights
  42. Eminetra: Physicists from University of Iowa prove what causes the Northern Lights
  43. YubaNet.com: Physicists report definitive evidence how auroras are created
  44. KGAN CBS2 Cedar Rapids: University of Iowa physicists prove cause of the aurora for the first time
  45. KCRG ABC9 Cedar Rapids: University of Iowa physicists prove origins of northern lights
  46. Iowa City Press Citizen: New research, helped by UIowa scientists, explains age-old mystery behind northern lights
  47. KMOV4 St. Louis: The mysterious origin of the northern lights has been proven
  48. KITV Honolulu: The mysterious origin of the northern lights has been proven
  49. KMBC-TV Kansas City: Has the mysterious origin of the northern lights been revealed? These physicists say yes
  50. WISN Milwaukee: Has the mysterious origin of the northern lights been revealed? These physicists say yes
  51. WAPT Jackson, Mississippi: Has the mysterious origin of the northern lights been revealed? These physicists say yes
  52. WMTW Maine: Has the mysterious origin of the northern lights been revealed? These physicists say yes
  53. WSVN Miami: The mysterious origin of the northern lights has been proven
  54. WTOP News Washington, DC: Científicos logran probar el misterioso origen de la aurora boreal
  55. Northwest Indiana Times: The mysterious origin of the northern lights has been proven
  56. KOAA News5, Southern Colorado: Physicists from University of Iowa prove what causes the Northern Lights
  57. CNN Español: Científicos logran probar el misterioso origen de la aurora boreal
  58. CNN Brasil: Novo estudo prova origem misteriosa da aurora boreal
  59. CNN Greece: Λύθηκε το μυστήριο για την προέλευση του φωτός που εκπέμπει το Βόρειο Σέλας
  60. CTV News (Canada): The Great Aurora Mystery Finally Solved
  61. Vaughan Today (Canada): Science has finally proven the origin of the aurora borealis
  62. Daily Mail (UK): The northern lights are caused by powerful electromagnetic waves that accelerate electrons millions of miles per hour toward Earth, scientists confirm
  63. Metro (UK): Mystery of auroras solved as physicists conclude decades-long quest
  64. Evening Standard (UK): Physicists report evidence of how auroras are created
  65. IFL Science (UK): Aurorae Are Created By Electrons Surfing Special Waves, Lab Tests Have Proven
  66. Whitehaven News (UK): Physicists report evidence of how auroras are created
  67. Daily Echo (UK): Physicists report evidence of how auroras are created
  68. Life in Norway (Norway): What Causes the Northern Lights?
  69. Notimerica (Spain): La prueba definitiva de cómo se crean las auroras
  70. Cosmos (Australia): Aurora created in a lab
  71. SWI swissinf.ch (Switzerland): Las auroras boreales son causadas por poderosas ondas electromagnéticas
  72. Global Science (Italy): Come nascono le aurore boreali
  73. Canaltech (Brazil): Ondas causadoras das auroras são demonstradas pela primeira vez
  74. Popular Mechanics (Russia): Как на самом деле возникают полярные сияния
  75. La Vanguardia (Spain): Demostración definitiva de cómo y por qué se forman las auroras polares
  76. Prensa Libre (Guatemala): Científicos revelan el misterioso origen de las auroras boreales
  77. Media INAF (Italy): All’origine delle aurore polari
  78. The Irish News (Northern Ireland): Physicists report evidence of how auroras are created
  79. Teknologi (Indonesia): Terkonfirmasi, Ternyata Ini Penyebab Aurora Terjadi
  80. Republika (Indonesia): Ilmuwan Pecahkan Misteri Terjadinya Aurora
  81. Klikbulukumba (Indonesia): UNTUK PERTAMA KALINYA, FISIKAWAN TELAH MENGKONFIRMASI GELOMBANG MISTERIUS YANG DISEBABKAN OLEH CAHAYA UTARA
  82. Haber 24 (Turkey): Kuzey Işıklarının Gizemli Kökeni Kanıtlandı
  83. TV9 Hindi (India): Northern Lights: आखिर कैसे बनती हैं ‘प्रकृति का अजूबा’ नॉर्दर्न लाइट्स? अमेरिकी वैज्ञानिकों ने अब राज से हटाया पर्दा
  84. El Palco (El Salvador): Se ha comprobado el misterioso origen de la aurora boreal
  85. Sport (Spain): Descubren cómo se crean las auroras que brillan en el cielo
  86. Sputnik News (Russia): Mystery of Shimmering Aurora 'Curtains of Light' Finally Solved
  87. AvtoJazz (Russia): Mystery of Shimmering Aurora ‘Curtains of Light’ Finally Solved
  88. Saudi 24 News (Saudi Arabia): For the first time, scientists have been able to provide definitive evidence of how the aurora borealis form
  89. greenMe (Italy): Rivelato finalmente come nascono le aurora boreali
  90. South Africa Today (South Africa): Mystery of Shimmering Aurora 'Curtains of Light' Finally Solved
  91. Pro Rally (Romania): S-a dovedit originea misterioasă a Luminilor Boreale
  92. Daily Maverick (South Africa): Wave-driven electrons prove the key to the celestial light show’s stunning signature
  93. Wirtualna Polska (Poland): Odkryli wielką tajemnicę. Naukowcy już wiedzą jak powstaje zorza polarna
  94. Naked Science (Russia): Эксперименты показали связь полярных сияний с волнами плазмы
  95. The Hindu (India): Best from science journals: Decoding northern lights
  96. Sina Finance (China): 天空中舞动的唯美极光,是地球上最令人叹为观止的景象之一。但多年以来,这种现象产生的原因并没有被完全理解。
  97. Guru Meditation (France): Des aurores boréales créées en laboratoire permettent de savoir plus précisément comment elles se forment
  98. Tom's Hardware (Italy): Come si forma un’Aurora Boreale in laboratorio?
  99. La Nacion (Argentina): Aurora boreal: científicos reproducen en un laboratorio su increíble origen
  100. Sputnik Turkiye (Turkey): Kuzey Işıkları'nın nasıl meydana geldiğine dair araştırmalarda bir ilk
  101. Tendencias (Spain): Descubren cómo se crean las auroras que brillan en el cielo
  102. Zing News (Vietnam): Nguồn gốc của các dải cực quang đầy màu sắc
  103. Offsite (Cyprus): Λύθηκε το μυστήριο για το φως που εκπέμπει το Βόρειο Σέλας
  104. East Africa News Post (Kenya): Scientists were able to prove the origin
  105. Super Interessante (Brazil): Cientistas confirmam o mecanismo por trás das auroras boreais pela primeira vez
  106. Salten News (Czech Republic): The mysterious origin of the northern lights has been proven
  107. New Zealand Online News (New Zealand): “Surfing” Particles on Alfvén Waves: Physicists Solve a Mystery Surrounding Aurora Borealis

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