Larry Cannon Gardner,
Utah State University
Last updated: October 2000
E-mail: sltdb [at] cc.usu.edu
Brief Biographical Information:
Received a Masters degree in Physics from Utah State University in the fall of 2000,
partially on work related to the 1999 Leonid MAC mission. Currently I am
in a Ph.D. program at Utah State University. I am
from a small town in central Nevada, where I grew up on the family farm. I have an Associate in Electronics and Engineering Technology from ITT Technical Institute .
masters thesis research I am using data obtained by a novel CCD imager to
investigate the dynamics of the upper atmosphere in the vicinity of the
mesopause, using the OH nightglow emission (altitutde ~ 87km). I am using
these data to study the relationhsip between the induced relative intensity
and temperature perturbations by atmospheric gravity waves. These data can also be
used to investigate the nightly average temperature variations at the 87 km level
from which the diurnal and seasonal variability of this sensitive
upper atmospheric region can be studied.
Research on Leonid MAC:
For the NASA Leonids-99 airborne campaign I assisted in a novel imaging study of the longitudinal
variability of the OH mesospheric airglow emission (peak altitude ~87 km) and to study atmospheric wave
structure and source distributions. I also observed sprites and elves from FISTA at the peak of the storm.