Abstract

Data quantifying the environmental quality of the ambient atmosphere is generally sparse, and optical sensors provide the temporal resolution and chemical specificity needed to fill this gap. When considering that energy production and use is responsible for most of the air pollutants of concern on a global scale (i.e. CO2 or CH4) or a local level (i.e. benzene, formaldehyde, or ozone precursors), linking the monitoring of sources of pollution and ambient pollutant burdens offers a unique opportunity to better understand the impact of energy on the environment. Of particular interest to advance the field is the development of optical sensors capable of rapid quantification of pollutants that today are measured through slow responding instruments (i.e. benzene or carbon isotopes) and the ability for these instruments to better understand the environment will be discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationOptics InfoBase Conference Papers
StatePublished - 2011
EventOptical Nanostructures and Advanced Materials for Photovoltaics, PV 2011 - Austin, TX, United States
Duration: Nov 2 2011Nov 3 2011

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OtherOptical Nanostructures and Advanced Materials for Photovoltaics, PV 2011
CountryUnited States
CityAustin, TX
Period11/2/1111/3/11

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environmental quality
Optical sensors
optical measuring instruments
contaminants
Benzene
Monitoring
benzene
Formaldehyde
Ozone
Isotopes
carbon isotopes
Pollution
pollution
formaldehyde
temporal resolution
ozone
Carbon
energy
isotopes
Air

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Instrumentation
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics

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Use of optical sensors for monitoring environmental quality and energy production. / Fraser, Matthew.

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Fraser, M 2011, Use of optical sensors for monitoring environmental quality and energy production. in Optics InfoBase Conference Papers. Optical Nanostructures and Advanced Materials for Photovoltaics, PV 2011, Austin, TX, United States, 11/2/11.
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