Pushing the limits: Optical spectroscopy at the extremes
20 Apr 2023
In this final session of a four-part ‘Fundamentals of Spectroscopy’ course, having now covered the basics, we will look at several advanced applications that do the seemingly impossible, from counting individual photons to looking inside exploding plasmas. We will examine both the immense technical challenges involved, as well as the scientific value they provide. We will look at several recent high-profile publications and break down how they work – what novel things the results tell us about the world, what equipment was used and why, and what made the measurements so difficult and noteworthy.
Key learning objectives
- Discover different camera designs such as CCDs, sCMOS, EMCCDs and intensified-gated CCDs.
- Understand the signal-to-noise ratio in an optical measurement. Identify the distinct contributions to the overall noise. Learn about approaches to minimize sensor noise, as well as enhancing sensor sensitivity to optimize the signal-to-noise ratio in an optical measurement.
- Discover how sensitivity in EMCCDs can be used to detect single photons in quantum optics and single molecule spectroscopy application.
- Understand how intensified-gated CCDs can be used to obtain nanosecond time resolution in optical emission spectroscopy (OES) based plasma diagnostics.
- Learn how intensified-gated scMOS cameras are used for high-speed, high-resolution micro-laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (µ-LIBS) experiments.
Who should attend?
- Academic researchers
- R&D scientists
- Lab technicians
- Principal investigators
- Laboratory, facilities and corporate managers
- Postdoctoral research assistants
- Undergraduate and PhD students
- Engineers or software engineers
- Teaching fellows
Certificate of attendance
All webinar participants can request a certificate of attendance, including a learning outcomes summary, for continuing education purposes.