Alex B. Kostinski

Faculty Photo Fisher Hall


Professor, Physics

  • PhD, Physics, University of Illinois-Chigaco

Research Description

Dr. Kostinski's recent research has been in cloud, aerosol, and precipitation physics; radar meteorology; astrophysics; wave propagation in random media; turbulent fluids; adaptive optics; and polarization optics. This research is largely supported by the National Science Foundation.


  • Atmospheric Physics

Recent Publications

  • Gurganus, C., Kostinski, A. B., Shaw, R. A., "High Speed Imaging of Freezing Drops: Still No Preference for the Contact Line", Journal of Physical Chemistry C. 117, 6195-6200, (2013).
  • Edery, Y., Kostinski, A. B., Majumdar, S., Berkowtz, B., "Record-breaking Statistics for Random Walks in the Presence of Measurement Error and Noise", Physical Review Letters. 110, 180602, .DOE:10.1103/Phys. Rev. Lett.110.180602, (2013)
  • Yang, W., Marshak, A., Kostinski, A. B., Varnai, T., "Shape-induced Gravitational Sorting of Saharan Dust During Transatlantic Voyage: Evidence from CALIOP Lidar Depolarization Measurements", Geophysical Research Letters, Vol.40, Issue 12, 3281-86 (2013).
  • Chudnovsky, Kostinski, A. B., Lyapustin, A., Koutrakis, P., "Spatial Scales of Pollution from Variable Resolution Satellite Imaging", Environmental Pollution. (172), 131-138, (2013).
  • Yang, W., Marshak, A., Varnai, T., Kalashnikova, O., Kostinski, A. B., "CALIPSO Observations of Transatlantic Dust: Vertical Stratification and Effect of Clouds", Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics. 12, 11339-11354, (2012).
  • Bunker, K. W., China, S., Mazzoleni, C., Kostinski, A. B., Cantrell, W. H., "Measurements of ice nucleation by mineral dusts in the contact mode", Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics Discussions. 12, 20291-20309, (2012).
  • Chudnovsky, A., Lee, H., Kostinski, A. B., Kotlov, T., Koutrakis, P., "Prediction of Daily Fine Particulate Matter Concentrations Using Aerosol Optical Depth Retrievals from the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite", Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association. 62 (9), 1022-1031, DOI:10.1080/10962247.2012.695321, (2012).
  • Flores, J., Bar-Or, R., Bluvshtein, N., Abo-Riziq, A., Kostinski, A. B., Borrmann, S., Koren, I., Rudich, Y., "Absorbing Aerosols at High Relative Humidity: Linking Hygroscopic Growth to Optical Properties", Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics. 12 (12), 5511-5521, DOI:10.5194/acp-12-5511-2012, (2012).
  • Kostinski, S., Pandey, R., Shankara, G., Pernisz, U., Kostinski, A. B., "Diffusion of Water Molecules in Amorphous Silica", IEEE Electron Device Letters. 33, 863-865, (2012).
  • Nemiroff, R. J., Connolly, R., Holmes, J., Kostinski, A. B., "Bounds on Spectral Dispersion from Fermi-detected Gamma Ray Bursts", Physical Review Letters. 108 (23), DOI:10.1103, (2012).
  • Amalia Anderson and A. B. Kostinski Reversible Record Breaking and Variability: Temperature Distributions across the Globe, J. Appl. Meteor. Clim., 1681-1691, 2010 Read More
  • Jameson, A.R. and A. B. Kostinski, Direct observations of coherent backscatter of radar waves in precipitation, J. Atmos. Sci., 67, 3000-3005, 2010
  • Hezi Gildora, Erick Fredjb and Alex Kostinski, The Gulf of Eilat/Aqaba: a natural driven cavity? Geophysical & Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics, Volume 104, Pages 301-308, 2010 Read More
  • Jameson, A.R. and A. B. Kostinski, On the enhanced temporal coherency of radar observations in precipitation J. Appl. Meteor. Clim., 49, 1794-1804, 2010 Read More
  • Jameson, A.R. and A. B. Kostinski, Partially coherent backscatter in radar observations of precipitation J. Atmos. Sci., 67, 1928-1946, 2010. Read More
  • Kostinski AB and Shaw RA, Raindrops large and small, NATURE PHYSICS, Volume: 5 Issue: 9, Pages: 624-625 Published: SEP 2009 Read More
  • Larsen ML and Kostinski AB, Simple dead-time corrections for discrete time series of non-Poisson data, MEASUREMENT SCIENCE \& TECHNOLOGY Volume: 20 Issue: 9 Article Number: 095101 Published: SEP 2009 Read More