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College of Engineering and Applied Science

College of Engineering and Applied Sciences at UC Denver

Mark Golkowski, PhD

Assistant Professor - Electrical Engineering

Contact Information

Office: North Classroom, Room 3815-A
Telephone: 303-352-3852

Research Interests

Electromagnetic waves
Interactions of fields and matter
Plasma discharges
Waves in plasmas
Phenomena of the ionosphere and magnetosphere

Curriculum Vitae: Download


Mark Golkowski is an assistant professor in the electrical engineering at the University of Colorado Denver. His areas of interest involve electromagnetics and plasma physics in nature and the laboratory. Mark Golkowski has done extensive experimental work with the HAARP facility in Gakona Alaska involving probing the ionosphere and magnetosphere. He is also leading work on using plasma discharges for disinfection and decontamination in the medical field.


  • Electromagnetic waves in the ionosphere and magnetosphere
  • Plasma discharges for decontamination/sterilization and treatment of live tissue
  • Active experiments with the HAARP facility
  • Interactions of fields and matter

    Honors and Awards

  • IAGA (International Association of Geomagnetisim and Aeronomy) Young Scientist Award for Excellence
  • Outstanding Student Paper Award American Geophysical Union
  • Courses

    • Fall 2010: EE 4133/5233 - Advanced Electromagnetic Fields (Fields II)
    • Spring 2010: EE 5838 - Fundamentals and Applications of Plasmas

    Course Descriptions

    • EE 4133/5233. Advanced Electromagnetic Fields.
      This is the second course in fundamental electromagnetic phenomena offered in the department. Topics include: Poynting's power theorem, reflection and transmission of uniform plane waves in layered media, two-conductor transmission lines, rectangular wave guides, Smith Chart elements of radiation ands antenna theory. Prereq: ELEC 3133. Graduate students wanting to receive graduate credit should enroll in EE 5233.
    • EE 5838. Fundamentals and Applications of Plasmas
      This course provides an introduction to plasmas, also known as the fourth state of matter, in nature and industry. Topics covered include single particel motion, plasma kinetic and fluid theory, cold and warm plasma models, and interaction of electromagnetic waves with plasmas. Applications ranging from space sciences to medicine will be explored.

    Research Group

    The overarching area of interest of Professor Golkowski's research group is the interactions of electromagnetic fields and matter and associated applications. This includes electromagnetic wave propagation and modeling, plasma discharges, waves in space and radio science. Research efforts can be classified into two sub-areas:

    • Phenomena of the ionosphere and magnetosphere:
      • Wave generation and radio science with the 3.6 MW HAARP ionospheric facility in Gakona, Alaska
      • Interactions of waves and energetic particles
      • Long distance wave propagation for communications and probing
    • Medical applications of EM waves and plasma discharges:
      • Atmospheric pressure non-thermal plasma discharges for disinfection and sterilization
      • Electromagnetic waves in the human body


    Professional Activities


    • Consultant- Super Pulse, Ithaca NY, 2005 - present

    Conference/workshop chair positions

    • Session Co-Chair, Waves in plasmas, Commission H - URSI National Radio Science Meeting, 2010


    • Member American Geophysical Union
    • Member Commission H URSI
    • Member IEEE



    Principles of Plasma Physics for Engineers and 

    Scientists, Inan and Gołkowski, 2010


    Publications in refereed journals

    Amplitude and phase of nonlinear magnetospheric wave growth excited by the HAARP HF heater
    Gołkowski M., U. S. Inan, M. B. Cohen and A. R. Gibby.
    J. Geophys. Res., 115, A00F04, doi:10.1029/2009JA014610, 2010.
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    ELF/VLF wave generation via ionospheric HF heating: Experimental comparison of amplitude modulation, beam painting, and geometric modulation
    Cohen, M. B. U. S. Inan, M. Gołkowski and M. J. McCarrick.
    J. Geophys. Res., 115, A02302, doi:10.1029/2009JA014410, 2010.
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    Cross modulation of whistler mode and HF waves above the HAARP ionospheric heater
    Gołkowski M., U. S. Inan, M. B. Cohen.
    Geophys. Res. Lett., 36, L15103, doi:10.1029/2009GL039669, 2009.
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    Effect of frequency modulation on whistler mode waves in the magnetosphere
    Streltsov, A. V., M. Gołkowski, U. S. Inan, and K. D. Papadopoulos
    J. Geophys. Res., 114, A08214, doi:10.1029/2009JA014155, 2009.
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    Reply to comment by R. C. Moore and M. T. Rietveld on �Geometric modulation: A more effective method of steerable ELF/VLF wave generation with continuous HF heating of the lower ionosphere
    Cohen, M. B., U. S. Inan, and M. Gołkowski.
    Geophys. Res. Lett., 36, L04102, doi:10.1029/2008GL036519, 2009.
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    Magnetospheric amplification and emission triggering by ELF/VLF waves injected by the 3.6 MW HAARP ionospheric heater
    Gołkowski M., U. S. Inan, A. R. Gibby, and M. B. Cohen
    J. Geophys. Res., 113, A10201, doi:10.1029/2008JA013157, 2008.
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    Geometric modulation: A more effective method of steerable ELF/VLF wave generation with continuous HF heating of the lower ionosphere
    Cohen, M.B., U.S. Inan, and M. A. Golkowski
    Geophys. Res. Lett., 35, L12101, doi:10.1029/2008GL034061, 2008.
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    Multi-station observations of whistler-mode chorus
    Gołkowski M., U. S. Inan.
    J. Geophys. Res., 113, A08210, doi:10.1029/2007JA012977, 2008.
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    Orientation of the HAARP ELF ionospheric dipole and the auroral electrojet
    Cohen, M. B., M. Gołkowski, and U. S. Inan.
    Geophys. Res. Lett., 35, L02806, doi:10.1029/2007GL032424, 2008.
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    Subionospheric VLF Observations of Transmitter-Induced Precipitation of Inner Radiation Belt Electrons
    Inan, U. S., M. Golkowski, M. K. Casey, R. C. Moore, W. Peter, P. Kulkarni, P. Kossey, E. Kennedy.
    Geophys. Res. Lett. 34, L02106, doi:10.1029/2006GL028494, 2007.
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    Multi-hop whistler-mode ELF/VLF signals and triggered emissions excited by the HAARP HF heater
    Inan, U.S., M. Gołkowski, D. L. Carpenter, N. Reddell, R.C. Moore, T.F. Bell, E. Paschal, P. Kossey, E. Kennedy, S.Z. Meth.
    Geophys. Res. Lett. 31, L24805 , doi:10.1029/2004GL021647, 2004.
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