Date of Award


Document Type

Master's report

Degree Name

Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (MS)

College, School or Department Name

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering


Michael Roggemann


Raymond Shaw


Clouds are one of the most influential elements of weather on the earth system, yet they are also one of the least understood. Understanding their composition and behavior at small scales is critical to understanding and predicting larger scale feedbacks. Currently, the best method to study clouds on the microscale is through airborne in situ measurements using optical instruments capable of resolving clouds on the individual particle level. However, current instruments are unable to sufficiently resolve the scales important to cloud evolution and behavior. The Holodec is a new generation of optical cloud instrument which uses digital inline holography to overcome many of the limitations of conventional instruments. However, its performance and reliability was limited due to several deficiencies in its original design. These deficiencies were addressed and corrected to advance the instrument from the prototype stage to an operational instrument. In addition, the processing software used to reconstruct and analyze digitally recorded holograms was improved upon to increase robustness and ease of use.