Prof. Rieker's lab focuses on developing sensors to interrogate and control energy, atmospheric and industrial systems. Many of the sensors use laser light to probe the system, which enables standoff detection in particularly harsh environments, such as high-pressure and -temperature combustors or turbulent open stretches of the atmosphere. Past projects have involved sensing greenhouse gases in the open atmosphere, sensors for a variety of combustion applications, including internal combustion engines, scramjet engines, and oil refinery process flames, and sensors to diagnose high energy plasma beams. The techniques employed include diode laser absorption spectroscopy, dual frequency comb absorption spectroscopy, and mass and energy spectrometry.
lasers, spectroscopy, optical sensing, atmospheric systems, combustion, industrial systems, energy systems, environmental sustainability, oil/gas, renewable energy