Subcategory: STEM Research
Felix Jaetae Seo - Hampton University
Co-Author(s): Bagher Tabibi, Uwe Hommerich, and M. Patrick McCormick, Department of Physics, Department of Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, Hampton University, VA
The CREST Advanced Center for Laser Science and Spectroscopy (ACLaSS) at Hampton University continues to enhance human resource development of minority students, and strengthen the research and education infrastructure. The goals of ACLaSS are to: 1) advance the research and education center with cutting edge laser sciences and spectroscopy; 2) develop and implement graduate and undergraduate educational modules; 3) provide extensive research and educational opportunities to graduate and undergraduate students; and 4) strengthen the pipeline of students pursuing advanced degrees in science and technology through outreach activities and summer workshops, and 5) provide educational opportunities in laser science and spectroscopy to high school teachers and students in grades K-12. The ACLaSS involves the participation of a diverse group of faculty and students from the Physics, Chemistry, and Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences Departments at Hampton University, as well as scientists at other national and international institutions, industries, and government agency laboratories.
The research thrusts in the ACLaSS at HU include laser spectroscopy and materials modeling, fluorescence spectroscopy and application, and laser remote sensing. The research activities of laser spectroscopy and materials modeling include the spectroscopic characterization of plasmon-coupled semiconductor quantum dots and Raman molecules for photonic applications of light amplifications, chemical molecular sensing, and nonlinear optical modulations. The research activities of fluorescence spectroscopy and application include the development of low-quantum defect gain media for eye-safe lasers. The development of new laser gain media continues to be an active area of research with a large range of potential applications for the civilian and military sectors. The research activities of laser remote sensing include the measurements and analyses of aerosols, planetary boundary layer, wind speed, water vapor, temperature, cirrus clouds, polar stratospheric clouds, and carbon dioxide. The current research is focused on expanding the capabilities of lidar systems to include new atmospheric retrievals and aerosol characterization.
Funder Acknowledgement(s): The CREST program at HU is supported by the NSF HRD-1137747.
Faculty Advisor: None Listed,