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.