Nicolas Gomez-Vega

Research Assistant


I am from Madrid, Spain. I did a Masters of Engineering in Aeronautical Engineering at Imperial College London, between 2015 and 2019. Outside of my research I enjoy soccer and traveling.



In 2019, I joined the LAE as a Research Assistant in the Electroaerodynamic (EAD) Aircraft project. My research is focused on the development and analysis of electroaerodynamic thrusters, a nearly-silent form of electric propulsion for light aircraft using ions.


      • Electroaerodynamics
      • High-speed Aerodynamics


      • Xu, H., Gomez-Vega, N., Wilde, N. D., Kambhampaty, J. M., & Barrett, S. R. (2021). Electrical characteristics of wire-to-wire dielectric barrier discharges. Plasma Sources Science and Technology.

      • Wilde, N. D., Xu, H., Gomez-Vega, N., & Barrett, S. R. (2021). A model of surface dielectric barrier discharge power. Applied Physics Letters, 118(15), 154102.

      • Gomez-Vega, N., Xu, H., Abel, J. M., & Barrett, S. R. (2021). Performance of decoupled electroaerodynamic thrusters. Applied Physics Letters, 118(7), 074101.

      • Gomez-Vega, N., Gramola, M., & Bruce, P. J. (2020). Oblique shock control with steady flexible panels. AIAA Journal, 58(5), 2109-2121.

      • Xu, H., Gomez-Vega, N., Agrawal, D. R., & Barrett, S. R. (2019). Higher thrust-to-power with large electrode gap spacing electroaerodynamic devices for aircraft propulsion. Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics, 53(2), 025202.