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Chu, Xinzhao



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research overview

  • Our research goal is to explore the unknown in the atmosphere, space and beyond. Seeing limitations in detection capabilities hampering progress in atmosphere and space sciences, Dr. Chu has chosen her research to meet the challenges through developing new lidar technologies and by pushing the science field forward with new discoveries. Dr. Chu works to explore advanced spectroscopy principles and develop the next-generation lidar technologies. By making measurements with unprecedented accuracy, resolution, and coverage, we study the fundamental physical and chemical processes that govern the structures and dynamics of the whole atmosphere. We work to advance understanding of the fundamental processes in the Earth’s space-atmosphere system and how they shape the atmospheres of Earth-like planets throughout our galaxy so that we can discover and understand the universal processes that make a planetary atmosphere habitable and sustainable for life.


  • lidar remote sensing, atmospheric science, space physics, atomic and laser spectroscopy, quantum physics, laser physics, laser technology, photonics, quantum electronics, environmental sciences, whole atmosphere lidar


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courses taught

  • ASEN 3113 - Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2022
    Focuses on the applications of the first and second laws of thermodynamics to control volumes and teaches the fundamental concepts of different modes of energy and heat transfer. Learn to use these concepts in gas dynamics, high-speed vehicle spacecraft design, environmental systems, and energy analysis.
  • ASEN 3300 - Aerospace Electronics and Communications
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019 / Spring 2021
    Provides the fundamentals of electronics and communications widely used in aerospace engineering. Includes analog instrumentation electronics, data acquisition, digital electronics and radio communication.
  • ASEN 6265 - Fundamentals of Spectroscopy for Optical Remote Sensing
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020 / Fall 2021
    Provides a comprehensive overview of the fundamentals of quantum physics, atomic spectroscopy, molecular spectroscopy and laser spectroscopy. Exposes students to the spectroscopy applications in modern optical and laser remote sensing. Assists students to develop the fundamental knowledge and skills for independent learning.
  • ASEN 6365 - Lidar Remote Sensing
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019 / Spring 2020 / Fall 2020
    Provides a comprehensive, yet easily understandable, up-to-date understanding of lidar principles, technologies and applications. Contains approaches for quantitative lidar simulation, lidar sensitivity and error analysis, lidar data retrieval, lidar system design and performance analysis. Gives students opportunities to see and operate real state-of-the-art lidar systems and make connections to lidar experts in the nation and world.


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