Volume 88 Issue 46 | pp. 42-43
Issue Date: November 15, 2010

Quantum Cascade Lasers

Young technology is the next big thing in molecular spectroscopy
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Analytical SCENE
Keywords: quantum cascade laser, mid-IR

If the condensed history of infrared spectroscopy were written in biblical prose, the text might read: “In the beginning, dispersive instruments ruled. Then came the Fourier transform spectrometers, and the older instruments disappeared in a great purge.” The next verse in that ultrashort summary might not be recorded yet, but when molecular spectroscopy scribes put pen to parchment, they will certainly stress the field’s rapid advances due to the advent of quantum cascade (QC) lasers.

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