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Images of particles made from a promising battery cathode material called NMC

Semiconductor lasers for methane leak detection and monitoring

2015
Natural Gas Initiative

Leo Hollberg, Physics

This research is focused on developing compact, efficient laser sensors that could be widely deployed (at low cost and mass-producible) to detect and monitor natural gas leaks in production, storage, transport, and end-use settings. The proposed sensors will be based on advanced laser spectroscopic methods and new mid-infrared semiconductor lasers. The research will evaluate the performance of a range of new semiconductor devices for methane leak detection, which would then be followed by miniaturization and system optimization.