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My research group studies fundamental areas in the atmospheric sciences such as cloud formation, the composition of aerosol particles in air quality, and the sources of greenhouse gases. The effects of aerosol particles and cloud formation on climate are the largest sources of uncertainty in predicting anthropogenic activities on climate.
To research these areas, my group develops novel optical sensors and deploys them in field campaigns in ground-based networks and on aircraft-based research platforms. As part of the NSF Center for Mid-Infrared Technologies for Health and the Environment (MIRTHE), we apply new advances in state-of-the-art quantum cascade lasers and vertical cavity surface emitting lasers to problems of atmospheric importance. These new light sources allow for unprecedented capabilities to probe the atmosphere, thereby advancing the understanding of societal problems of air quality, global climate change, and ozone depletion.
September 25, 2013: Mobile platform featured in NASA DISCOVER-AQ article: Mobile Laboratories Measure Air Quality in Houston
August 8, 2013: MIRTHE REU Jake Buglione wins best poster at 2013 MIRTHE Workshop
August 1, 2013: Minghui Diao successfully defends Ph.D. dissertation
Science at 47,000 feet: Laser hygrometer onboard the NSF Gulfstream-V research aircraft studying cloud formation.
Latest Field Campaigns
EDF Barnett Coordinated Campaign (Texas), 2013
NASA DISCOVER-AQ (Houston), 2013
CARE-BEIJING-NCP (Beijing, China), 2013
NASA DISCOVER-AQ (California), 2013
MIRTHE SLIP (Baltimore-Washington), 2013
NSF MPEX (Colorado), 2013
NSF Deep Convection Clouds Chemistry (Kansas), 2012
NSF TORERO (Chile), 2012
On-road Ammonia Emissions
Characterized by Mobile, Open-path Measurements
K. Sun et al., Environ. Sci. and Tech., DOI:10.1021/es4047704, 2014.
Open-path, quantum cascade-laser-based sensor for high-resolution atmospheric ammonia measurements
D.J. Miller et al., Atmos. Meas. Tech., 7, 81-93, doi:10.5194/amt-7-81-2014, 2014.
Cloud-scale ice supersaturated regions spatially correlate with high water vapor heterogeneities
M. Diao et al., Atmos. Chem. Phys. Discuss., 13, 22249-22296, doi:10.5194/acpd-13-22249-2013, 2013.
Evolution of ice crystal regions on the microscale based on in situ observations
M. Diao et al., Geophys. Res. Lett., 40, 3473-3478, doi:10.1002/grl.50665, 2013.