About myself…

I am associate professor in the Department of Physics at Central Michigan University. My principal field of research is the study of electret polymers, i.e. plastics that contain oriented dipoles or excess space charge. These materials have applications as pressure and temperature sensors, actuators, and energy harversters.

My other interest is astrophotography, with emphasis on large wide-angle panorama images and time-lapse photography. My All-Sky Panoramas have been featured on NASA's "Astronomy Picture of the Day" web site. A color photographic star atlas based on the latest panorama has been published in English and German.

Latest News

April 2014

J. Appl. Phys. paper on breakdown fields in μm-sized gas-filled voids. More info…

January 2014

Caleb Alleman joins the group. Welcome, Caleb!

December 2013

Ziyang Yu graduated. Congradulations!

October 17, 2013

J. Appl. Phys. paper on thermal-pulse mapping of electrical polarization. More info…

June 6, 2013

NASA press release on Swift mission includes my images of the Magellanic Clouds. More info…

May 22, 2013

J. Appl. Phys. paper on electrical properties of 2-hydroxy-1,4-naphthoquinone. More info…

March 14, 2013

Comet time lapse video shown on local TV. More info…

January 2013

Conference announcement: 15th International Symposium on Electrets. More info…

November 27, 2012

My graduate student Scott Harris won a $5,000 IEEE-DEIS fellowship. More info…


Contact Info

Axel Mellinger
Department of Physics
Central Michigan University
222 Dow Science Complex
Mount Pleasant, MI 48859

Phone: +1-989-774-3336