Laser Applications to Chemical, Security and Environmental Analysis (LACSEA)

13 July 2014 – 17 July 2014 OSA Virtual Event

The Laser Applications to Chemical, Security, and Environmental Analysis (LACSEA) topical meeting focuses on laser-based sensing in combustion or industrial process gases, gases that may contain chemical or biological agents, and in atmospheric gases.  Sensing of liquids (e.g., aerosols) and solids (e.g., particulates or explosives) are also discussed.  The rapid development of laser technologies as well as data analysis tools are paving the way for novel monitoring schemes and even real-time control in various environments.  Topics cover the VUV to THz spectra range, and involve exciting new developments in analytical spectroscopy, ultrafast lasers, frequency combs, and miniaturization.

Creative ideas involving new laser technologies, methodologies, and/or data analysis tools will be showcased.  Special emphasis will be given to techniques exploring use of shorter (e.g., VUV) or longer (e.g., THz) spectral ranges.

Christof Schulz, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany, In-Situ Laser Diagnostics in Gas-Phase Synthesis of Functional Nanomaterials , Plenary

Amy Bauer, TSI Inc., United States, Improvised Explosives and Precursor Identification with LIBS, Invited

Weiwei Cai, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom, Theory of Nonlinear Tomography and Its Guidance for Developing Imaging Techniques as Applied to Flow Diagnostics , Invited

Tijmen Euser, Max-Planck-Inst Physik des Lichts, Germany, Photochemistry in Hollow-core Photonic Crystal Fiber Microreactors , Invited

Benoit Fond, Imperial College London, United Kingdom, Thermographic Particle Image Velocimetry , Invited

Daniel Guildenbecher, Sandia National Laboratories, United States, Digital In-line Holography (DIH) for 3D Imaging of Aluminum Drop Combustion in Propellant Plumes , Invited

Charles Harb, University of New South Wales, Australia, Multiplexed Pulsed Quantum Cascade Laser Based Hypertemporal Real-time Headspace Measurements , Invited

Lars Hildebrandt, Nanoplus Nanosystems and Tech GmbH, Germany, Distributed Feedback Interband Cascade Lasers and their Spectroscopic Applications in Gas Sensing , Invited

Shui-Ming HU, University of Science and Tech China, China, Counting Atoms in a Magneto-optic Trap , Invited

Sean Kearney, Sandia National Labs , United States, Hybrid fs/ps Rotational CARS Temperature/Species Detection in Flames at kHz Rate , Invited

Christopher Kliewer, Sandia National Labs , United States, Recent Advances in CARS Imaging: New Capabilities for Combustion Diagnostics , Invited

Michael Köhring, Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, Germany, Photoacoustic Spectroscopy with Micro-Tuning Forks – A Versatile Tool for Gas Sensing , Invited

Michel Lefebvre, Office National d'Etudes et Recherches Aerospatiales, France, Nested Cavity Optical Parametric Oscillator (NesCOPO) - A Unique Approach for Gas Sensing , Invited

Mark Linne, Chalmers Tekniska Hogskola, Sweden, New Spray Measurements Using Ballistic Imaging , Invited

Terrence Meyer, Iowa State University, United States, Investigation of Multiphase Flow Physics Using Synchrotron-Based X-Ray Radiography and Fluorescence , Invited

Richard Miles, Princeton University, United States, Flow Imaging and Standoff Detection by Dissociation of Air Molecules , Invited

Joseph Miller, Air Force Research Lab, United States, Recent Advances in High-energy, Extended-duration Burst-mode Laser Technology for High-speed Applications in Turbulent Flows , Invited

Nathan Newbury, National Inst of Standards & Technology, United States, Near-Infrared Dual-Comb Spectroscopy of Gases , Invited

Kristina Noack, University of Erlangen, Germany, Raman Analytics for Complex Liquid Phase Systems , Invited

Michelle Sander, Boston University, United States, Compact Femtosecond Lasers and Applications in Photothermal Spectroscopy , Invited

Hans Stauffer, Spectral Energies LLC, United States, Ultrafast Time-Resolved Probes for Quenching-Free Detection of Excited-State Species , Invited

Jean-Pierre van Helden, Leibniz-Institute for Plasma Science & T, Germany, On Recent Progress Applying Quantum Cascade Lasers in Plasma Diagnostics , Invited

Ming Yan, Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics, Germany, Coherent Raman Spectroscopy with Femtosecond Laser Frequency Combs , Invited


John McManus, Aerodyne Research Inc, United States
Sukesh Roy, Spectral Energies LLC, United States

Program Chair

Waruna Kulatilaka, Spectral Energies LLC, United States
Grant Ritchie, University of Oxford, United Kingdom
Scott Sanders, University of Wisconsin-Madison, United States


Frank Beyrau, Imperial College London, United Kingdom
Joakim Bood, Lund University, Sweden
Weidong Chen, Universite du Littoral, France
Timothy Day, Daylight Solutions Inc, United States
Thomas Dreier, Universität Duisburg-Essen, Germany
Volker Ebert, Physikalisch Technische Bundesanstalt, Germany
Wolfgang Ertmer, Leibniz Universität Hannover , Germany
Aamir Farooq, Stanford University, United States
James Gord, Air Force Research Laboratory,
Clemens Kaminski, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
Johannes Kiefer, Universitat Bremen, Germany
Dennis Killinger, University of South Florida, United States
Christopher Kliewer, Sandia National Labs , United States
Wolfgang Meier, German Aerospace Ctr. DLR, Germany
Jerry Meyer, US Naval Research Laboratory, United States
Terrence Meyer, Iowa State University, United States
Andrzej Miziolek, US Army, United States
Wolfgang Schade, Technische Universität Clausthal, Germany
Thomas Seeger, Universität Siegen, Germany
Thomas Settersten, Sandia National Labs , United States
David Sonnenfroh, Physical Sciences Inc., United States
Frank Tittel, Rice University, United States

Congress Reception
Monday, 14 July
Join your fellow attendees for the Congress Reception. Enjoy delectable fare while networking. The reception is open to committee/presenting author/student and full conference attendees. Conference attendees may purchase extra tickets for their guest.

Joint Plenary Session
Tuesday, 15 July

The Joint Plenary Session will feature a speaker from three of the topical meetings (AIO, IS and LACSEA).  The Plenary Presenters are listed below.

See Through Optical Architectures for Wearable Displays,Bernard Kress, Optics Lead, Advanced Technology Team, Google Glass Project, Google [X], USA

Ramesh Raskar,Associate Professor of Media Arts and Sciences, The Media Lab, MIT, Camera Culture Group, USA

 In-Situ Laser Diagnostics in Gas-Phase Synthesis of Functional Nanomaterials,Christof Schulz, Institute for Combustion and Gas Dynamics – Reactive Fluids,University Duisburg Essen, Germany

Joint Poster Sessions
Tuesday, 15 July
Posters are an integral part of the technical program and offer a unique networking opportunity, where presenters can discuss their results one-to-one with interested parties. Each author is provided with a 4 ft. × 8 ft. (1.22 m × 2.44 m) board on which to display the summary and results of his or her paper.
1. Chemical Sensing
  • Spectroscopic sensing of gases, aerosols, and particulates
  • Combustion and industrial process monitoring
  • Real-time control
  • Energy topics
  • New sources such as ultrafast lasers, frequency combs
  • Miniaturization of sensors
  • Extension of techniques toward the VUV or THz spectral ranges
  • Novel spectroscopic science
  • Extension to multiple points or to volumetric measurements
  • High-repetition-rate imaging

2. Security applications
  • Sensing of chemical agents, biological agents, and explosives
  • Remote sensing
  • Miniaturization, optical lab-on-chip systems, and silicon photonics
  • Distributed sensor networks
  • Biochemical/biophysical applications of laser techniques
  • Use of new sources offering high power or pulse energy
  • Nonlinear optical techniques

3. Environmental analysis
  • Atmospheric sensing of gases, solids, and liquids
  • Atmospheric chemistry
  • Advancements in LIDAR
  • Extension and improvement of spectroscopic databases
  • Airborne sensor systems
  • Ruggedized sensor systems
  • Propagation of laser beams through scattering media

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