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    • Ph. D., Physics, Carnegie Mellon University, 2002

    • B.A., Physics, Mathematics, History, Washington and Jefferson College, 1995

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      john.mcnabb .at. hamptonu.edu

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      June 1, 2015 : APS Exhibit lights up CNU STEM Day
      Fire tornado demonstration.

      The Hampton University Atmospheric and Planetary Science Department took its show on the road on Saturday, May 30, to Christopher Newport University’s annual STEM Day celebration.  Faculty members John McNabb and William Moore were joined by graduate students John Blalock, Liqiao Lei, and Earnest Nyaku inside and outside the CNU Field House to demonstrate atmospheric […]


      September 18, 2013 : APS at the Movies: Europa Report

      Members of the APS faculty (Moore, Sayanagi and McNabb) attended a screening of the independent film Europa Report at the Naro Theater in Norfolk.  The film depicts a mission to send six people to Jupiter’s moon Europa in search of alien life.  APS Professor William B. Moore gave a brief presentation on the science of […]


      June 27, 2013 : Early Start to 2013 PMC Season
      Noctilucent Clouds

      In 2013, the noctilucent – or night-shining – cloud season got an early start. NASA’s AIM spacecraft first saw them on May 13. The season started a week earlier than any other season that AIM has observed, and quite possibly earlier than ever before, said Cora Randall of the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics […]


  • John W. C. McNabb

    Dr. John McNabb is a physicist, presently a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences at Hampton University. His career has been spent searching for understanding of things from the very small to the very large. He graduated with a B.A. in Physics, Mathematics, and History from Washington and Jefferson College, followed by a Masters and PhD in Physics from Carnegie Mellon University. He spent three years as a post-doc at Penn State studying gravitational waves with the LIGO collaboration. He is currently working at Hampton University on the AIM satellite mission as the Project Data Center Manager as well as doing research on analyzing CIPS data and improving the SOFIE data retrieval algorithms [1]. He is also involved in analyzing data from the direct broadcast polar orbiting weather satellites that is available in near-real-time from the Direct Broadcast Antenna based at the Hampton University.

    [1] D. G\'{o}mez-Ram\'{i}rez, J. W. C. McNabb, J. M. Russell, M. E. Hervig, L. E. Deaver, et. al., "Empirical correction of thermal responses in the Solar Occultation for Ice Experiment nitric oxide measurements and initial data validation results", Appl. Opt., 2013, 52, 13, 2950--2959, doi:10.1364/AO.52.002950.link view bibtex

    Project: Soda Can Sensor

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    The Soda Can Sensor is an Infrared sensor built into the body of a 12oz soda can.  The bottom of the can is used as a reflector to focus the Infrared light on a ZTP 115 IR sensor.  An op-amp is used to amplify the signal, and output can be read using a voltmeter.  All […]

    Project: HBCU-RISE Hampton University: Advanced Physical Modeling and Simulation for 21st Century Scientists

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    3D Torus

    From weather prediction to medical imaging to nuclear physics, numerical modeling and simulation have become central to the way we investigate and manipulate the physical world. Building on Hampton University’s expertise in Atmospheric Remote Sensing and Planetary Physics, the objective of the proposed project is to develop a complementary modeling and data analysis capability through […]