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Welcome to the Atmospheric and Ocean Optics Group led by Dr. Pengwang Zhai in the Department of Physics, UMBC

We strike to understand how light interacts with turbid media and develop innovative remote sensing algorithms for the environment.  There are a plethora of fascinating atmospheric and ocean optics phenomena that people observe daily: rainbow, sun dog, glory, halo, green flash, mirage, Fresnel cone, bioluminescent waves, ocean color, etc. The physical principles behind these phenomena are even more enchanting which not only feed our hunger for knowledge but also have a great deal of applications in remote sensing of environment and consequently enhance our understanding of the dynamics of the Earth system.