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“How does lightning work? And how can we understand and optimize similar processes in plasma and high voltage technology?”

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Ute Ebert is Full Professor in the Elementary Processes in Gas Discharges group at Eindhoven University of Technology, in part time. Her main affiliation is with the NWO research institute Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica in Amsterdam (www.cwi.nl), where she leads the Multiscale Dynamics group (https://www.cwi.nl/research/groups/multiscale-dynamics).

While her group in Amsterdam develops analytical and computational models and model reduction techniques for pulsed gas discharges, the collaboration with experimental and applied research on the same topic in Eindhoven has led to many joint projects and publications since her appointment in Eindhoven in 2002. Current joint projects are financed by the EU and by NWO and concern lightning physics, high voltage technology in the context of electricity nets, and applications of pulsed plasmas in agriculture and combustion engines.

Academic background

Ute Ebert studied Physics at the University of Heidelberg (Germany) and at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem (Israel) before starting her PhD studies at the University of Essen (Germany). She successfully defended her thesis in 1994, and then she moved to the Instituut-Lorentz of Leiden University as a postdoc. In 1998, she became researcher at CWI (the Center for Mathematics and Informatics) in Amsterdam. In 2002, she became a part-time Full Professor at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) and leader of the Multiscale Dynamics research group at CWI.

Affiliated with

Partners in (semi-)industry:

• ABB Corporate Research, Switzerland
• Bekaert Combustion Technology B.V.
• VitalFluid B.V.

External positions

leader group Multiscale Dynamics, Centrum voor Wiskunde en Informatica

1 Mar 2002 → …

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Research Output 1996 2019

17 Citations (Scopus)

Simulating streamer discharges in 3D with the parallel adaptive Afivo framework

Teunissen, H. J. & Ebert, U., 30 Oct 2017, In : Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics. 50, 47, 13 p., 474001.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

grids
Fluids
Plasma sources
Poisson equation
multigrid methods
26 Citations (Scopus)
114 Downloads (Pure)

Streamer discharges can move perpendicularly to the electric field

Nijdam, S., Takahashi, E., Teunissen, J. & Ebert, U., 2014, In : New Journal of Physics. 16, p. 103038-1/10 10 p., 103038.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
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nitrogen
ionization
thunderstorms
electric fields
oxygen
61 Citations (Scopus)
164 Downloads (Pure)

Experimental study of hard x-rays emitted from metre-scale positive discharges in air

Kochkin, P., Nguyen, C. V., Deursen, van, A. P. J. & Ebert, U., 2012, In : Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics. 45, 42, p. 425202-1/11 11 p., 425202.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
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Discharge (fluid mechanics)
X rays
Electrodes
electrodes
high voltages
2 Citations (Scopus)

Cold electron runaway below the friction curve

Diniz, G., Rutjes, C., Ebert, U. & Ferreira, I. S., 16 Jan 2019, In : Journal of Geophysical Research. D, Atmospheres. 124, 1, p. 189-198 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
friction
electrons
Friction
electron
Electrons
14 Downloads (Pure)

Generation of seed electrons by extensive air showers, and the lightning inception problem including narrow bipolar events

Rutjes, C., Ebert, U., Buitink, S., Scholten, O. & Trinh, T. NG., 16 Jul 2019, In : Journal of Geophysical Research. D, Atmospheres. 124, 13, p. 7255-7269 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
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lightning
cosmic ray showers
Lightning
electron density
Carrier concentration

Activities 2020 2021

International Conference on Phenomena in Ionized Gases XXXV

Ute Ebert (Chair), Sander Nijdam (Organiser), Gerrit Kroesen (Organiser)
2021

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesConferenceScientific

Hakone XVII, International Symposium on High Pressure Low Temperature Plasma Chemistry

Sander Nijdam (Chair), Ana Sobota (Organiser), Ute Ebert (Organiser), Gerrit Kroesen (Organiser), Tom Huiskamp (Organiser)
2020

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesConferenceScientific

Press / Media

Cosmic Rays used to Model Thunderclouds on Earth

U.M. Ebert

22/04/15

1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Exploding Stars Help to Understand Thunderclouds on Earth

U.M. Ebert

22/04/15

1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Exploding stars help to understand thunderclouds on Earth

U.M. Ebert

22/04/15

4 items of Media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Student theses

Dynamics and morphology of positive streamer discharges in high purity nitrogen

Author: Clevis, T., 31 Mar 2012

Supervisor: Nijdam, S. (Supervisor 1), Ebert, U. (Supervisor 2), van Deursen, A. (Supervisor 2), van Veldhuizen, E. (Supervisor 2) & Vredenbregt, E. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

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Nonlinear waves riddled with holes

Author: Snouck, D., 30 Jun 2003

Supervisor: van de Water, W. (Coach) & Ebert, U. (Supervisor 1)

Student thesis: Master

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Parameter dependence of streamer discharges

Author: Kos, J., 31 Aug 2006

Supervisor: Briels, T. (Supervisor 1), van Veldhuizen, E. (Supervisor 2) & Ebert, U. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

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Streamer discharge observations with focus on branching phenomena

Author: Heijmans, L., 28 Feb 2013

Supervisor: Nijdam, S. (Supervisor 1), van Veldhuizen, E. (Supervisor 2) & Ebert, U. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

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