- Ph.D., Physics, University of New Hampshire, 2021
- B.S., Physics, Rowan University, 2015
Dr. Payne received his Ph.D. in Physics from the University of New Hampshire in 2021, where he remained as a postdoctoral associate through the Spring of 2022. At UNH, he worked with MMS data and particle simulations to study how plasma is energized near the electron diffusion region during magnetic reconnection. In the Summer of 2022 he joined as a postdoctoral associate for IREAP at the University of Maryland, where he investigates the physics behind flare onset in the solar corona.
- Magnetic reconnection
- Solar flare onset
- Energy transport in collisionless plasmas
- Plasma processes in the magnetosphere and solar corona