Laser-based sensors for chemical detection

Tanya L. Myers, Mark C. Phillips, Matthew S. Taubman, Bruce E. Bernacki, John T. Schiffern, Bret D. Cannon

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution


Stand-off detection of hazardous materials ensures that the responder is located at a safe distance from the suspected source. Remote detection and identification of hazardous materials can be accomplished using a highly sensitive and portable device, at significant distances downwind from the source or the threat. Optical sensing methods, in particular infrared absorption spectroscopy combined with quantum cascade lasers (QCLs), are highly suited for the detection of chemical substances since they enable rapid detection and are amenable for autonomous operation in a compact and rugged package. This talk will discuss the sensor systems developed at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and will discuss the progress to reduce the size and power while maintaining sensitivity to enable stand-off detection of multiple chemicals.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMicro- and Nanotechnology Sensors, Systems, and Applications II
StatePublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes
EventMicro- and Nanotechnology Sensors, Systems, and Applications II - Orlando, FL, United States
Duration: Apr 5 2010Apr 9 2010

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X


ConferenceMicro- and Nanotechnology Sensors, Systems, and Applications II
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityOrlando, FL


  • chemical detection
  • Herriott cell
  • Infrared spectroscopy
  • quantum cascade laser

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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