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Monday Seminar - Have (100,000) lasers, will travel: Frequency comb lasers for trace gas monitoring

Monday, November 16, 2015, 12:00PM - 1:00PM


Greg Rieker

Department of Mechanical Engineering


ARC room 620

Accurate monitoring of trace gases requires high sensitivity, drift-free instruments. Dual frequency comb spectroscopy is a promising technique for kilometer-scale open-path monitoring of trace gases, owing to its low systematic uncertainty, high stability, and absorption-model-based calibration. I’ll talk about the basics of frequency combs, the recent development of robust portable combs at NIST, and the application of these tools for atmospheric trace gas monitoring, methane leak detection, and measurements in harsh environments.