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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 2021 Schedule: (PDF)

Accomplishments and History of Larsen Lab

Internal Lab Materials here

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Mike Larsen

- Current Courses (FALL 2021) -

General Physics I (PHYS 111, Sections 1-2)
General Physics I Lab (PHYS 111L, Section 1)
Cloud and Precipitation Physics (PHYS 459, Section 1)
Physics Problem Solving (PHYS 481, Section 1)
Characterization of Aerosol Surface Morphology with an AFM (PHYS 390, Section 3) [Individual Enrollment, no web page]
Using Disdrometer Data to Validate and Calibrate a MRR (PHYS 420, Section 3) [Indiidual Enrollment, no web page]

-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 -

Carson Barber -- Working on a raindrop on demand calibration system for rain measurement studies.
Chris Blouin -- Working on processing of 2DVD data to fix the effective instrument area field, and studying radiative transfer through correlated random media with computational simulations.
Brianna Brunson -- Working on questions related to the geometric probability and statistical analysis of atmospheric measurements.
Griffin Hall -- Working on studying ice nucleation of dilute solutions on different substrates (and helping to maintain the rain field site)
Will McLoud -- Working to use an Atomic Force Microscope (AFM) to characterize the surface roughness of atmospherically relevant surfaces.
Lucy Williamson -- Working to characterize the 1DVD and compare its performance to other common rain instrumentation.

last updated: 5 May 2021