The development and use of laser-based diagnostics is the hallmark of the CRF. Laser-based technologies are the cornerstone upon which the CRF was founded approximately 30 years ago, and to this day, it maintains an enduring commitment to nurturing staff expertise in this area. In addition, the CRF has one of the most comprehensive collections of state-of-the-art and custom-built lasers used for combustion studies anywhere in the world.
Laser-based diagnostics are a necessary tool for the study of combustion. They allow researchers to nonintrusively study and measure combustion events in a wide variety of environments, such as inside engines and burners.
The CRF’s strengths in laser-based diagnostics have extended beyond the realm of combustion studies. This expertise is fundamental to ongoing efforts in remote sensing, explosives and chemical- and biological-warfare-agent detection, and single-molecule studies of biological systems.