Dr Michael I Cotterell

PhD, MSci

  • BS8 1TS

20142020

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My research is focused on measurements of aerosol optical properties and how these relate to aerosol microphysical parameters. In particular, we concentrate on instrument design for both laboratory and field-based measurements of light interactions with aerosols, developing cavity ring-down and photoacoustic spectrometers for measuring aerosol-light interactions, either on aerosol ensembles (100s - 1000s of particles) or on single particles confined in an optical or electrodynamic trap. Supported through a NERC Independent Research Fellowship, my current efforts are in measuring the evolving optical properties of brown carbon aerosol - a major but poorly understood constituent of atmospheric aerosol.

Additionally, my research uses finite element modelling for photoacoustic cell design, developing new measurement approaches for characterising aerosol optical properties, modelling aerosol-light interactions in plane travelling and cavity standing wave fields, aerosol refractive index retrievals, and relating refractive index to particle composition and structure.

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