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Recent Advances In Optical Measurement Methods In Physics And Chemistry
Author(s): James B. Gerardo
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Paper Abstract

Measurement tools are at the roots of science and optics form the basis of a vast array of scientific measurement tools that offer unique capabilities. Advances in optical measurement methods used in physics, chemistry, and related technologies are being made at an enormous pace. In many instances, optical measurement techniques have resulted in new capabilities beyond the reach of any other method. Some examples where very significant advances in measurement capability have recently been made include trace-specie density measurement in gases (often quantum-level specific), adlayer characterization, magnetic- and electric-field intensity measurements, chemical sensors, high-spectral-resolution spectroscopy, semiconductor physics, crystal-quality measurements, data transmission and recording, and studies of fast dynamical processes in gases, liquids, and solids. In this paper I will review some recent Sandia accomplishments in the development of advanced optical measurement methods and their applications to important problems in science and technology.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 November 1985
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 0540, Southwest Conf on Optics '85, (20 November 1985); doi: 10.1117/12.976175
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James B. Gerardo, Sandia National Laboratories (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0540:
Southwest Conf on Optics '85
Susanne C. Stotlar, Editor(s)

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