Leader of the group Multiscale Dynamics: Ute Ebert.

Nature and technology are full of dynamics, often involving multiple scales in length, time and energy. To model these processes, we combine scientific computing with model reduction and machine learning, with particular focus on plasma dynamics in lightning and space weather, and in high voltage and plasma technology.

Our research addresses questions in nature such as start and propagation of lightning strokes, terrestrial gamma-ray flashes and space weather, and closely related technological problems such as switch gear for long-distance electricity nets, air purification and disinfection with corona reactors, and protection of satellites and electricity nets from space weather.


Within national and European projects, we collaborate with colleagues in applied plasma physics, electrical and mechanical engineering, atmospheric electricity, and cosmic particle and space science, and with non-academic partners such as ABB, DNV-GL, ESA-ESTEC and NASA.

Find more about our work on the personal homepages of the staff scientists (including publications):

and on the page with our numerical codes for Multiscale Plasma Dynamics.

Current Projects

  • Cosmic Lightning
  • Let CO2 spark!
    Let CO2 spark! Understand breakdown dynamics for high voltage technology and lightning Abstract Sparks,
    Science and Innovation with Thunderstorms


PhD Student on Computational Modelling of Lightning

You will have the opportunity to advance our understanding of lightning dynamics through physical modelling and computational science. Central questions for the PhD projects include: When and how do electric discharges grow until they finally form the visible lightning channel? Why do negative discharges propagate in steps and positive ones continuously? How much can electrons be accelerated at the tips of growing lightning channels, and can this mechanism explain terrestrial gamma-ray flashes emitted by thunderstorms?

PhD Student on Computational Modelling of Lightning - Read More…


PhD Defence Anna Dubinova (Multiscale Dynamics)

  • 2016-09-01T14:00:00+02:00
  • 2016-09-01T15:00:00+02:00
September 1 Thursday

Start: 2016-09-01 14:00:00+02:00 End: 2016-09-01 15:00:00+02:00


Everyone is cordially invited to attend the public defence of Anna Dubinova.

Dissertation title: "Modeling of streamer discharges near dielectrics".

Promotor: prof.dr. U.M. Ebert (CWI / TU/e)
copromotor: S. Nijdam (TU/e)


See also the news item: New electricity grids possible with computer simulations

PhD Defence Jannis Teunissen (MD)

  • 2015-11-12T15:00:00+01:00
  • 2015-11-12T16:00:00+01:00
November 12 Thursday

Start: 2015-11-12 15:00:00+01:00 End: 2015-11-12 16:00:00+01:00

TU Eindhoven

We herewith invite you to attend the public defence of Jannis Teunissen of his thesis entitled "3D Simulations and Analysis of Pulsed Discharges".

Promotor: prof.dr. U.M. Ebert (CWI, TU/e)
Copromotor: S. Nijdam (TU/e)

Members of Multiscale Dynamics



Vidi grant for Enrico Camporeale’s space weather research

Vidi grant for Enrico Camporeale’s space weather research

CWI researcher Enrico Camporeale received a Vidi grant from NWO for his proposal 'Real-time forecasting of killer electrons on satellite orbits' in May 2017. He received the 800,000 euro grant to develop his own innovative line of research and to set up his own research group within five years. Camporeale will develop a technology to forecast space weather events that could harm satellites, power networks and communication systems. This forecast would allow to take countermeasures.

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Cum laude for 3D modelling of pulsed discharges in air

Cum laude for 3D modelling of pulsed discharges in air

PhD student Jannis Teunissen from Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) has made major progress in modelling the early stages of electric discharges as they occur in lightning, high voltage electricity nets and plasma technology. He received a 'cum laude' predicate for his thesis '3D Simulations and Analysis of Pulsed Discharges', which he defended on 12 November 2015 at Eindhoven University of Technology.

Cum laude for 3D modelling of pulsed discharges in air - Read More…


  • CSIC
  • IT-DTU Lyngby
  • Liège, Belgium
  • Universiteit Groningen - Kernfysisch Versneller Instituut
  • Universitetet i Bergen
  • University of Bath
  • Technische Universiteit Eindhoven
  • Technische Universiteit Eindhoven
  • Universidad Politecnica Catalunya
  • Université Paul Sabatier (Toulouse III)