Optics and Photonics for Energy & the Environment (E2)

02 - 05 December 2014
Energy Change Institute, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia

Topic Categories

1. Optics and Photonics in Environment and Pollution Monitoring
  • Optical instruments to measure trace gases, airborne particulates and aerosols (including LIDAR and DOAS)
  • Optical systems for measurement of whole-facility emissions (including open-path and fiber-optical sensing)
  • Emerging applications for spectroscopic techniques (including non-destructive optical methods)
  • Optics and photonics in terrestrial environment and climate change (including satellite and remote sensing)
  • Broadband spectroscopy of the environment (including frequency comb spectroscopy)
  • Optical instruments and techniques to measure solid and liquid pollutants or contaminants and water quality (including hyperspectral imaging, LIBS, and time-gated luminescence flow cytometry)
2. Optics and Photonics in Monitoring Services Related to other Industries
  • Optics and photonics in the oil and gas industry (including optical sensors to monitor flow lines)
  • Optics and photonics for the mining industry (including prospecting and environmental impacts)
  • Optics and photonics in agriculture (including animal health and productivity, crops, gas emissions, etc.)
  • Optics and photonics for renewable energy sources (including geothermal and wind energy, solar sensors)
  • Optics and photonics to increase energy and environmental efficiencies of information transmission (including telecommunications, computing, and the internet)
  • Improving efficiency and environmental impact of energy transport and storage (e.g., smart grid technology)
  • Optics and photonics for monitoring underwater structures and marine biology

3. Optics and Photonics in Research on High-Energy Materials and Processes
  • Optical techniques to understand the physics, chemistry, and usage of high-energy materials
  • Optical techniques to detect hazardous high-energy materials like TNT, RDX etc.
  • Optics and photonics for studies of combustion, propulsion, and flow processes (such as flames, explosions, projectiles, engines, etc.)
  • Optical techniques to detect nuclear materials and by-products for applications in nuclear energy production