Laser Method Promising for Detecting Trace Chemicals in Air

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Research from the Milchberg group on mid-IR laser-induced breakdown has been published this month in the journal Optica, and is being covered in multiple science news outlets. Their method offers a new highly sensitive way to test for radioactive material, chemicals, or pollution in the air.

See below for additional information regarding the article:

Measurement of ultralow radiation-induced charge densities using picosecond mid-IR laser-induced breakdown
D. Woodbury, R. M. Schwartz, H.M. Milchberg
Optica6(6), 811 (2019)
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Published July 1, 2019