We use state of the art instrumentation to study microphysical processes in clouds during ground based, airborne and laboratory experiments. Much of our work is undertaken on board the NCAS / Met Office research aircraft (FAAM). We also conduct ground based experiments around the world and laboratory research in the Manchester Ice Cloud Chamber (MICC), at the AIDA chamber in Karlsruhe, and recently at CERN.
Water droplets nucleating as ice crystals under "cosmic ray" bombardment from the Proton Synchrotron at CERN
Measurements are backed up by theoretical studies of the optical properties of atmospheric particles. We use a variety of numerical modelling techniques to understand and interpret polarisation and scattering measurements from atmospheric particles.
Scattering phase functions for spherical water drops and hexagonal ice plates