In the Laboratory
The bulk of our lab activities are carried out in the Laser Analytics Lab on the 3rd floor of the Science and Engineering Hall. This facility has two large, vibration isolated, optical tables, 3-24 ft2 mounted on dollies, and several smaller, portable optical table tops for breadboarded experiments.
The lab can be divided into several zones that are each protected by state of the art barriers and interlock systems. Although the building is open and filled with natural light by design, the entire lab or sections of it nay be darkened at the touch of a button to vary both natural and artificial light levels.
Greenhouse Gas Sensor Facility
In addition to the third floor labs, we have access to ambient air near the roof of the SEH for deploying both established and prototypes of greenhouse gas sensors In the planned facility we will have a Los Gatos Research Ultraportable Greenhouse Gas Analyzer (to measure Species: CH4, CO2, and H2O Industry standard to act as calibration source for PiOxide Sensors PiOxide Sensor Calibration Station Species: CO2 Temperature and Humidity Cavity Ringdown Spectrometer (CRDS) Species: CO, CO2, H2O, NH3, and HCN Open Path TDLAS Species: CH4 and CO2 Laser Heterodyne Radiometry (LHR) Species: H2O, O2, CH4, and CO2.
In addition to the measurements in Washington DC, we often deploy sensors at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center. (Related posts: Vertical Profiling). We have ventured as far as Alaska for some field campaigns. (Related posts: Measuring Greenhouse Gases at Bonanza Creek).