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n. (used with a sing. verb)
The physics of molecular, atomic, nuclear, and subnuclear systems.

mi′cro·phys′i·cal (-fĭz′ĭ-kəl) adj.
mi′cro·phys′i·cal·ly adv.
mi′cro·phys′i·cist (-fĭz′ĭ-sĭst) n.


(Atomic Physics) (functioning as singular) the branch of physics concerned with small objects and systems, such as atoms, molecules, nuclei, and elementary particles
ˌmicroˈphysical adj


(ˌmaɪ krəˈfɪz ɪks)

(used with a sing. v.) the branch of physics dealing with elementary particles, atoms, and molecules.
mi`cro•phys′i•cal, adj.
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Summary: The Learjet is equipped with carefully calibrated sensors that measure clouds' microphysical properties.
The need for constraining the vertical distributions of the aerosol and cloud layers, and their microphysical and radiative interactions has stemmed as a recommendation from those pioneering studies (Hobbs 2003; Magi et al.
Cloud seeding is a type of weather modification that aims to change the amount or type of precipitation that falls from clouds by dispersing substances into the air and alter the microphysical processes within the cloud.
To do this, new spectral synthesis methods need to be developed considering the necessary microphysical (ejecta chemistry, r-process physics, time-dependent gas state) and macrophysical (3d radiation transport) processes to obtain sufficient accuracy.
They are different, but fortunately they are related by the famous formula incorrectly credited to Ludwig Boltzmann, namely, S = k log W, where W is the number of microphysical configurations or orders compatible with the macrostate characterized by the entropy S and other macroproperties.
The solution of the Schrodinger equation for a given circumstance, the wave function charts the trajectory of a microphysical system across its probabilistic states.
Cloud seeding, a form of weather modification, is a way of attempting to change the amount or type of precipitation that falls from clouds, by dispersing substances into the air that serve as cloud condensation or ice nuclei, which alter the microphysical processes within the cloud.
Microphysical studies through direct observations using airborne or surface observation may be essential for the verification of the seeding effect.
With a high-computational efficiency, the moment-based method has become a powerful tool for investigating aerosol microphysical processes, in which cases some statistical characteristics of the PSD, namely, the moments of the PSD, are obtained [5].
Abu Dhabi: A flight campaign by Japanese researchers is assessing the microphysical and chemical properties of clouds and the potential for cloud seeding in the UAE.
52)--are a manifestation of microphysical violence which is implicit and implosive, and therefore less visible.