Applied Physics B

, Volume 95, Issue 1, pp 1–12 | Cite as

Filamentation “remote” sensing of chemical and biological agents/pollutants using only one femtosecond laser source

  • S. L. Chin
  • H. L. Xu
  • Q. Luo
  • F. Théberge
  • W. Liu
  • J. F. Daigle
  • Y. Kamali
  • P. T. Simard
  • J. Bernhardt
  • S. A. Hosseini
  • M. Sharifi
  • G. Méjean
  • A. Azarm
  • C. Marceau
  • O. Kosareva
  • V. P. Kandidov
  • N. Aközbek
  • A. Becker
  • G. Roy
  • P. Mathieu
  • J. R. Simard
  • M. Châteauneuf
  • J. Dubois
Invited Paper

Abstract

All matters in the path of filaments induced by an intense femtosecond laser pulse propagating in air could be fragmented and result in the emission of characteristic fluorescence spectra from the excited fragments. The fluorescence spectra exhibit specific signatures (fingerprints) that can be used for the identification of various substances including chemical and biological species. In this paper, we present an overview of the recent progress in our laboratory concerning the “remote” sensing of chemical and biological agents/pollutants in air using filamentation-induced nonlinear fluorescence techniques.

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42.62.Fi 42.68.Wt 33.50.Dq 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. L. Chin
    • 1
  • H. L. Xu
    • 1
    • 2
  • Q. Luo
    • 1
  • F. Théberge
    • 1
    • 3
  • W. Liu
    • 1
    • 4
  • J. F. Daigle
    • 1
  • Y. Kamali
    • 1
  • P. T. Simard
    • 1
  • J. Bernhardt
    • 1
  • S. A. Hosseini
    • 1
  • M. Sharifi
    • 1
  • G. Méjean
    • 1
    • 5
  • A. Azarm
    • 1
  • C. Marceau
    • 1
  • O. Kosareva
    • 6
  • V. P. Kandidov
    • 6
  • N. Aközbek
    • 7
  • A. Becker
    • 8
  • G. Roy
    • 3
  • P. Mathieu
    • 3
  • J. R. Simard
    • 3
  • M. Châteauneuf
    • 3
  • J. Dubois
    • 3
  1. 1.Centre d’Optique, Photonique et Laser (COPL) & Département de Physique, de Génie Physique et d’OptiqueUniversité LavalQuébecCanada
  2. 2.Department of ChemistryUniversity of TokyoTokyoJapan
  3. 3.Defence R&D Canada-ValcartierQuébecCanada
  4. 4.Institute of Modern OpticsNankai University, Key Laboratory of Opto-electronic Information Science and Technology, Education Ministry of ChinaTianjinPeople’s Republic of China
  5. 5.Laboratoire de Spectrométrie PhysiqueUniversité J. Fourier de GrenobleGrenobleFrance
  6. 6.International Laser Center, Department of PhysicsMoscow State UniversityMoscowRussia
  7. 7.Charles M. Bowden Research Center, AMSRD-AMR-WS-STRedstone ArsenalUSA
  8. 8.Department of Physics and JILAUniversity of ColoradoBoulderUSA

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