Optics and Photonics for Energy & 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 internet of things)
  • Satellite and aircraft-based monitoring for big science (regional air quality, global carbon cycle, and carbon sources and sinks)
  • Optics and photonics for improved air and water quality, including transformative low-cost sensors
Optics and Photonics in Energy Research and Applications
  • 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)