Frank K. Tittel
J.S. Abercrombie Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering.
Professor of Bioengineering.
Quantum electronic devices, laser spectroscopy, nonlinear optics, and
laser-materials, interactions with applications in medicine and
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.
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.