Laser Applications to Chemical, Security and Environmental Analysis


1.) New technologies in laser sources for optical sensing applications
  • Continuous wave, pulsed, modulated lasers and their characterization
  • High-repetition-rate sources
  • Broadband lasers
  • Ultrafast lasers
  • Frequency combs  
2.) Chemical sensing methods:
  • Spectroscopic sensing of gases, aerosols, and particulates
  • Combustion and industrial process monitoring
  • Real-time control
  • Energy topics
  • Extension of techniques toward the VUV or THz spectral ranges;Novel spectroscopic science
  • Nonlinear optical techniques
  • Extension to multiple points or to volumetric measurements
  • High-repetition-rate imaging
  • Sensor miniaturization 
3.) Security applications
  • Remote sensing
  • Miniaturization, optical lab-on-chip systems, and silicon photonics
  • Distributed sensor networks
  • Biochemical/biophysical applications of laser techniques
  • Use of new sources offering high power or pulse energy
  • Industrial security monitoring & Industrial Process Control 
4.) Environmental analysis
  • Atmospheric sensing of gases, solids, and liquids
  • Atmospheric chemistry
  • Advancements in LIDAR
  • Extension and improvement of spectroscopic databases
  • Airborne sensor systems
  • Ruggedized sensor systems
  • Propagation of laser beams through scattering media
  • Urban, Rural and Volcanic Emission Measurements