Princeton University engineers have developed a new laser-sensing technology that may allow soldiers to detect hidden bombs from a distance and scientists to better measure airborne environmental pollutants and greenhouse gases.
The University of Ulm in Germany awarded an honorary doctorate to Marlan Scully, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, for his pioneering work in laser physics and quantum optics.
Emily Carter, the Arthur W. Marks '19 Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Applied and Computational Mathematics, has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, one of the highest scientific honors. In a separate honor, Carter and fellow Princeton engineers Pablo Debenedetti and Marlan Scully were elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the nation's most prestigious society spanning the sciences and humanities.
Two research groups at Princeton are harnessing the power of lasers to detect airborne dangers, including anthrax and toxic gases. A third program aims to mass produce enzymes that swiftly degrade potentially lethal nerve agents. The multimillion dollar Mid-Infrared Technologies for Health and the Environment center, funded by the National Science Foundation and directed by electrical engineering professor Claire Gmachl, is developing state-of-the-art sensors that will detect trace amoun
A new laser technique allows for instant detection of bioterrorism agents, permitting tests that previously were cumbersome or impossible, according to a report in the April 13 issue of Science.