Don Carpenter (electrical engineer)

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Donald L. Carpenter is a Space Scientist, Professor (Research) Emeritus in the Electrical Engineering Department at Stanford University. He co-discovered the sharp dropoff in the plasmasphere surrounding Earth.


Known as co-discoverer of the “knee,” or sharp dropoff (later called the plasmapause) in the radial profile of the dense plasma cloud (later called the plasmasphere) that surrounds the Earth to typical equatorial distances of several Earth radii. Carpenter was awarded the 2002 John Howard Dellinger Medal by the International Union of Radio Science for "his discovery of the plasmapause, for pioneering studies of the plasmasphere structure and dynamics and for development and use of whistler-mode waves as diagnostic probes of the magnetosphere".[1][2] He was elected a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union in 2002.[3]


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