October 01, 2022
Accurately measuring and quantifying the perception of color is an ongoing challenge for scientists, but understanding spectroscopic techniques can help standardize color measurements.
April 01, 2022
Controlling methane is one of the highest-impact ways to reduce climate impacts, so its accurate measurement is essential. Spectroscopy offers valuable tools for this task.
January 01, 2022
The Covid-19 pandemic has led to extraordinary developments of both testing methods and vaccines. Can spectroscopy play a role in next-generation testing for Covid and other pathogens?
October 01, 2021
Laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) is an ideal method for elemental analysis of geological samples, and has been used by NASA on the Mars rovers. This article details the methodology and the most successful calibration and quantification methods to date.
April 01, 2021
A frequency comb is a laser source, with evenly spaced narrow lines, potentially useful for spectroscopy applications, particularly as a source or for alignment of the wavelength axis.
January 01, 2021
Tunable narrowband light sources are essential for measuring fluorescence, reaction energetics, and other challenging measurements in chemical, biological, and physical systems. In particular, the optical parametric oscillator (OPO) is an indispensable tool.
October 01, 2020
Advances in lasers are expanding the capabilities of LIBS and laser ablation techniques.
July 20, 2020
On the occasion of Spectroscopy’s 35th birthday, I thought it would be an interesting opportunity to consider the amazing explosion in light sources for spectroscopy over the last few decades.
January 01, 2020
An important class of nanoparticles made of “upconversion” materials has found a central role in sensing. These nanoparticles are used to convert longer-wavelength photons into shorter-wavelength fluorescence to detect temperature, pH, gas molecules, ions, and trace biomolecules.
October 01, 2019
Lasers allow advances for investigation of biological samples. Discussed here are some of the most interesting recent developments in light sheet microscopy for bioimaging, including a technique that allows for unique viewing of large, intact samples including biopsies.