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Dr. Mike Larsen
Associate Professor
Office: RHSC 317
Lab: RHSC 392
Phone: (843) 953-2128


Full CV: (PDF)

Dr. Larsen's Fall 2019 Schedule: (PDF)

Accomplishments and History of Larsen Lab

Internal Lab Materials here

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Mike Larsen

- Current Courses (FALL 2019) -

Modern Physics (PHYS 230)
Electromagnetism I (PHYS 409)
Cloud and Precipitation Microphysics (PHYS 459)
Physics Problem Solving (PHYS 481)

-Research -

I do research in an area broadly defined as atmospheric microphysics. In short, I study stuff in the sky smaller than a breadbox. For most of my career, this has focused on studying small particles in the sky where the particle-like nature is relevant to the processes the particles are involved with. (In other words, I study aerosol particles, cloud droplets, and raindrops in contexts where the fact that they are discrete entities matter).

The processes that I study include radiative transfer (the transmission of light), aerosol activation, cloud particle growth through mechanisms like condensation and collision/coalescence, and raindrop interactions.

Our lab involves experimental (lab and fieldwork), computational, and data-analytic methods -- with an occasional foray into theoretical work, especially within the realm of stochastic geometry. We work on a lot of different problems, and we're always looking to work on interesting things.

We have recently developed a lab web page highlighting our accomplishments and trying to keep track of the students who have worked in the lab over the years. If you are interested, it might be worth checking out.

- About Me -

The academic basics can be found if you check out one of my CVs to the left. A more comprehensive biography (you must be bored) can be found here.

- Students Currently Working in the Larsen Atmospheric Physics Lab -

Chris Blouin -- Working on processing of 2DVD data to fix the effective instrument area field. Also looking at aerosol particle clustering.
Pearce Hamilton -- Working on image processing of AFM images of Mica in an effort to better understand heterogeneous ice nucleation. Also working on various projects related to precipitation measurement.
Hilary Powell -- Assisting with characterization of the Stono River Preserve Site.

last updated: 4 August 2019