Paul M. Kintner

Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

302 Rhodes Hall
Phone: 607/255-5304
Fax:  607/255-6236
Philosophy: keep it simple, scientist

B.S. 1968 (Rochester); Ph.D. 1974 (Minnesota)


Kintner received his doctoral degree for studies of plasma physics and the space environment in the northern lights. He continued working on this subject with the Space Physics group at the University of Iowa until 1976, when he came to Cornell as a research associate. He was appointed to the faculty in 1981. Kintner is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and a member of the American Geophysical Union. He has served on the Arecibo Scientific Advisory Committee, NASA's Management Operations Working Group, chaired NASA’s Sun-Earth Connections Advisory Subcommittee, and is currently a member of the Living With a Star- Science Architecture committee.

Research Interests

We are investigating the interaction of radio signals, both natural and man-made, with our space environment sometimes called the ionosphere or magnetosphere. These waves may be electromagnetic or electrostatic and they mediate the exchange of energy and momentum in the space environment. This study includes propagation of electromagnetic signals (such as VLF signals initiated by lightning or navigational stations), the amplification of both natural and man-made signals in space, and the acceleration of ionospheric plasma by waves to form the radiation belts. The study also includes the effect of the space environment on the propagation of radio signals, specifically GPS signals. Our approach is experimental and we make electric field and magnetic field measurements from sounding rockets and satellites as well as ground based measurements using arrays of GPS receivers.

Current Research Projects

Studies of Ionospheric Irregularities: Origins and Effects  (Office of Naval Research)

Sounding Rocket Investigations: Sounding of the Ion Energization Region: Resolving Ambiguities (National Aeronautics and Space Administration)

Investigation of Electron Solitary Holes Using the Polar Spacecraft (National Aeronautics and Space Administration)

Selected Publications

Last Updated January 31, 2001