Frontier trace gas sensors addressing industrial challenges for environment, health, safety
Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche - Istituto Nazionale di Ottica
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PhotonHub Demo centre
1 day
Micro-Opto-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MOEMS) and Hybrid Photonics Systems Other
Mobility & energy Safety, security, space & defence Health

Gas monitoring for industrial, medical, and environmental use requires sensitive, fast, and reliable measurement systems. Optical technologies can provide different effective solutions, targeted on specific applications.

Our Demo Centre offers training on different state-of-the-art spectroscopic techniques for trace gas sensing, combining interactive tutorials with hands-on experiences.

The course will be divided into four main part:

1) Introductory tutorial on basic principles of spectroscopy and key-interest applications.
2) Interactive tutorial and practical laboratory demonstration on the principles of operation of photoacoustic sensors and their applications (Demo 1).
3) Interactive laboratory experience on absorption spectroscopy for monitoring and safety matched with a practical hands-on demonstration for measuring CO, CO2 and CH4 in air or breath (Demo 2).
4) Interactive tutorial and hands-on training on the Saturated-absorption CAvity Ring-down (SCAR) 14C analyser, and its applications for industrial purposes (Demo 3).
1) Understanding fundamental spectroscopic and sensing methodology (interactive activity)
2) Observing, analysing, and utilising trace gas spectroscopic setups (hands-on activity)
3) Observing and analysing an operating photoacoustic sensor (hands-on activity)
4) Round table on trace gas sensing applications to industrial challenges  
No experience
The course primarily targets producers potentially interested in the exploitation of spectroscopic gas sensing solutions for industrial applications in different fields, such as health diagnostics, environmental monitoring, and security surveillance. A background in spectroscopic methods is not essential, although it might be advantageous. Knowing the degree of participants' expertise on the training subjects will assist us in delivering training that is appropriate for the audience's background.
Photoacoustic sensor
Example of a photoacustic sensor.
SCAR analyser
Photo of the first SCAR analyzer prototype and scheme of the experimental setup.
Absorption spectroscopy for monitoring and safety
Carbon Oxide Laser Detector 2, a gas analyzer for environmental monitoring, and its location in the right spearpod onboard WB-57 NASA aircraft.
National Institute of Optics (INO) of the Italian National Research Council (CNR): Headquarters, Largo E. Fermi 6, Florence SCAR Lab, Viale L. Ariosto 492/B Sesto Fiorentino
€ 200 per person (€ 150 for registrations and payments before May, 10 2024 )
Catering Project consumables Transfer from Headquarters, Largo E. Fermi 6, Florence to SCAR Lab, Viale L. Ariosto 492/B Sesto Fiorentino
Min. 5 people - max. 10 people
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