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Greenhouse gases and other air pollutants have spectral signatures in the mid-infrared region. Fortunately, modern lasers provide compact, low-power, high-sensitivity beams for portable detectors of trace levels of gas in our atmosphere that could cause harm to humans and ecosystems.

Rogue Waves of Light

Studies of noise and instabilities in optics are yielding new insights into the mechanisms driving extreme events in other physical systems.

Environment, Wildlife and LED Illumination

The emergence of LEDs in street lamps and other exterior lighting can have unpredictable impacts, not just for humans but also for plants and animals. But adjusting the LED spectrum could allow humans and wildlife to share the night.

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