Optics and Photonics for Sensing the Environment

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Optics and Photonics for Sensing the Environment (ES) focuses on using optical sensing to monitor all aspects of the environment, from global and regional scales to point sensors and industrial processes.

The conference will showcase optical techniques and instrumentation used in sensing and transmitting information relating to all aspects of the environment. It will bring together people from industry, university, and government to discuss sensor devices and optical techniques for air and water quality monitoring, trace gas detection, particulate and aerosol measurements, and large data set management. An important aspect of the conference will be on sensor devices and optical techniques for monitoring industrial environments, including energy production and delivery.

Optics and Photonics for Sensing the Environment

Optics and Photonics in Environment and Pollution Monitoring

  • Stand-off and remote sensing techniques to measure trace gases, particulates and aerosols (including LIDAR, DOAS and FTIR)
  • Novel laboratory techniques and methodologies towards disruptive sensing technology (e.g. frequency combs, photonic sensors on a chip, sensing networks and the Internet of things)
  • Satellite and aircraft-based monitoring (e.g. regional air quality, global warming, global carbon cycle, and carbon sources and sinks)
  • Optics and photonics for improved air and water quality, including transformative optical low-cost sensors

Optics and Photonics in Industrial Environments

  • Optics and photonics for renewable (wind, solar and biofuel) and petrogenic (fossil fuel) energies
  • Novel techniques for monitoring fugitive emissions (fossil fuels, nature gas, mining and nuclear power)
  • Imaging and monitoring of crops for increased efficiency and sustainability in agriculture
  • Optics and photonics for extreme environments, including combustion, propulsion and high-temperature flow (e.g. flames, explosions, plasmas and projectiles)

Committee Members

  • Adam Fleisher, National Inst of Standards & Technology, United StatesProgram Chair
  • Dennis Killinger, University of South Florida, United StatesProgram Chair
  • Michelle Bailey, National Inst of Standards & Technology, United States
  • Lukas Emmenegger, EMPA, Switzerland
  • Aleksandra Foltynowicz, Umea University, Sweden
  • Melanie Ghysels-Dubois, Universite de Reims Champagne-Ardenne, France
  • Iftach Klapp, ARO-Volcani Center, Israel
  • Jean-Pierre van Helden, Leibniz Institute for Plasma Science & T, Germany
  • Jonas Westberg, Princeton University, United States


Adam Fleisher

National Inst of Standards & Technology, United States
Program Chair

Dennis Killinger

University of South Florida, United States
Program Chair


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