Air laser

MSNBC ran a story on the Innovation section of its website about a laser-sensing technology developed by Richard Miles and three other researchers from Princeton’s Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering: Arthur Dogariu, a research scholar and the lead author on the paper, and James Michael, a doctoral student; and Marlan Scully, a lecturer with the rank of professor who also is a professor of physics at Texas A&M University.

“The laser developed by the Princeton researchers is thousands of times stronger than LIDAR, which enables it to determine not just how many contaminants are in the air but also the identity and location of those contaminants,” the story said. “In addition, the new process will enable scientists to detect much smaller quantities of contaminants, which is a particular concern when trying to detect trace amounts of explosive vapors. Any chemical explosive emits various gases depending on its ingredients, but for many explosives the amount of gas is miniscule.”

We’ve also posted a story on the research on the Princeton Engineering website.