Atmospheric & Oceanographic Electromagnetics and Marine Systems (ATOM) Laboratory

3 people on a boat Attaching an X-band horn
Attaching an X-band horn on the bow mast or Research Vessel (R/V) Sharp during CASPER East Coast Campaign in October 2015, Norfolk, VA. (Dr. Yardim, Dr. Burkholder, and Qi Wang)

Through the ATOM Laboratory, we increase our understanding of the atmosphere and oceans by using electromagnetics (EM). We design and manufacture our EM systems to perform remote sensing of lower atmospheric and oceanographic conditions. Our specialization is in marine and coastal environments that deal with non-standard atmospheric conditions such as ducting, parabolic wave equation, tropospheric and ionospheric turbulence, sea clutter, radar, and communication system performance under different atmospheric/oceanographic conditions. For more information on this research topic, please read the news article, "Studying the Breeze".

The Lower Atmospheric Propagation (LATPROP) system is a custom-built system to study the non-standard atmospheric conditions in marine and coastal environments. It is composed of:

  • A propagation loss measuring ultra wideband TX/RX system operating from 2 to 40 GHz.
  • A refractivity-from-clutter (RFC) capable 25 kW, software-defined, coherent, X-band marine radar.

We have grants/collaborations with, but not limited to:

  • MIT Lincoln Lab
  • Air Force Research Lab
  • Air Force Institute of Technology
  • Office of Naval Research
  • Navy Research Lab
  • Naval Postgraduate School
  • University of Notre Dame
  • UC Irvine
  • Army Research Lab

For more information about the ATOM Lab, please visit Dr. Yardim's website.



1320 Kinnear Road, Room 256

Columbus OH 43212