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Frank K. Tittel

J.S. Abercrombie Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering
Rice University

Quantum Electronics, Laser Spectroscopy, Nonlinear Optics, Applications in Trace Gas
Detection, Environmental Monitoring, Industrial Process Control and Biomedical Optics

B.A. (1955) Oxford University
M.A. (1959) Oxford University
Ph.D. (1959) Oxford University

Professor Frank Tittel has been involved in many innovative developments in quantum electronics and laser technology since the discovery of the laser in 1960, with applications ranging from laser spectroscopy to environmental monitoring. Current research activities by Professor Tittel, together with Professor Robert Curl of the Chemistry Department, have led to the development of several advanced, state of the art, computerized laser spectrometers. The most recent designs utilize telecommunications technology and novel quantum cascade lasers to achieve compact, robust instrumentation that can be deployed for field applications, such as at NASA's Johnson Space Center related to air and water quality issues relevant to the International Space Station, by the Environmental Protection Agency for urban formaldehyde monitoring, and by the National Institute of Health for non-invasive NO and CO detection in biomedical systems. Long-term, sensitive, selective, and real time trace gas monitoring and quantification has been realized for trace gas concentrations ranging from the part per million to the part per trillion levels in ambient air using laser absorption spectroscopy with fiber amplified diode laser and quantum cascade laser based gas sensors.

For a more detailed look at the specific projects addressed by Professor Tittel's research group, view the Laser Science Group homepage.

Professor Tittel is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, the Optical Society of America, and the American Physical Society. He received an honorary Dr.Sci. degree in June 1993 from JATE University in Szeged, Hungary. Since 1996 he has been an Associate Editor of Applied Physics B.

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