The laser laboratory is equipped with numerous laser sources and detection systems for a broad range of laser-based measurements including, laser-induced fluorescence, nanosecond fluorescence lifetime and transient-absorbance spectroscopy, laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy, and Raman and resonance Raman spectroscopy. The facility is housed in a dedicated 500 ft2 room with four optical tables.


  • CEO diode-pumped Nd:YAG laser (1064 nm, 24 mJ, 1 kHz) with harmonic generation for 532, 355, and 266 nm
  • Continuum flashlamp-pumped Nd:YAG laser (1064 nm, 200 mJ, 50 Hz) with harmonic generation for 532, 355, and 266 nm
  • Broadly-tunable OPO (420-2000 nm)
  • ns-Pulsed Ti:sapphire laser
  • 100 mW CW Ar+ Laser (Spectra-Physics)
  • Fiber and direct pumped Nd:YAG microlasers
  • Numerous diode lasers (visible), tunable diode lasers (NIR and MIR), and controllers (CW and pulsed)

Spectrometers and Detectors:

  • Chromex 250is imaging spectrometer
  • 0.85m Spex double monochromator
  • UV, visible, and mid-IR monochromators (Czerny-Turner design)
  • Intensified Gated-CCD (Andor iStar DH720) Camera
  • Princeton Instruments LN2-cooled CCD detector
  • PMT detector in cooled housing
  • Various detectors for UV to mid-IR (photodiode, APD, PMT, InGaAs, PbSe, MCT)


  • Signal Recovery Model 7270 DSP lock-in amplifier and EG&G Model 5210 analog lock-in amplifier
  • Stanford Research SR400 Photon Counter
  • Tektronix TDS5004 digital oscilloscope for data acquisition
  • Spex DataScan spectrometer controller with Systemax Software
  • Spiricon Beam Profile system and Newport 1835-C power meter
  • Cambridge Technology closed-loop galvanometer beam scanning system