Atmospheric Physics

A small cloud chamber

Model the Earth’s atmosphere—and the atmospheres of other planets—in order to solve some of the most vexing problems facing environmental scientists today. Using state-of-the-art equipment, researchers at Michigan Tech model cloud processes including turbulence from bottom- to top-of-troposphere atmospheric conditions.

Research in atmospheric physics is focused on obtaining a deeper understanding of the physics of clouds, how they form, how they evolve, how they rain, and how they dissipate. With advanced optical and analytic tools, atmospheric physicists at Tech aim for a deeper understanding of this critical natural system.


Faculty Areas of Interest
Atmospheric Science; Cloud and aerosol physics and chemistry; Nucleation
 Atmospheric Physics; Turbulence; Thermal convection; Numerical simulations; Supercomputing
Atmospheric Physics
Atmospheric Science; Aerosol properties (optical, physical and morphological) and effects on clouds and climate; Instrument development and environmental optics
Atmospheric Physics; Cloud Physics; Nucleation; Turbulence; Digital Holography


Atmospheric Lab

Fisher B021
Researcher: Will Cantell


PI Cloud Chamber

DOW 105
Researcher: Raymond Shaw

Environmental Optics Lab

Fisher B004/B022
Researcher: Claudio Mazzoleni


Positions Available


All faculty members accept undergraduate student researchers into their labs. For more information, please contact Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURFs) are open to all Tech undergraduates who have at least one semester remaining after the summer.


The Department of Physics seeks qualified applicants in all areas of physics for GRA and GTA positions. For more information, please contact the graduate program directors.