Laser Spectroscopy Facility
01 Aug 2016



​The Laser Spectroscopy team carries out research and development on tuneable laser spectroscopy methods, instruments, technologies, and applications.

​​​Customers using the Laser Spectroscopy facility

​​Customers using the Laser Spectroscopy facility

Credit: STFC RAL Space

​We primarily use quantum cascade lasers to address the challenge of real time sensitive detection of trace molecular concentrations. Our work in remote sensing and in-situ sensing are covered on the Spectroscopy page. Our current research and development effort covers the following applications:

  • Earth and planetary observation
  • Atmospheric and environmental sensing
  • Geochemistry studies
  • Security and defence
  • Medical non invasive sensing
  • Industrial sensing
  • Analytical instrumentation
  • Fundamental science

We collaborate with academia and industries within the UK and internationally.

​​360 degree view of the laser spectroscopy facility.​ 

Towards a UK TCCON s​​ite

​In collaboration with the University of Leicester and Edinburgh, the group is developing a ground based remote sensing facility for high resolution solar occultation spectroscopy of the atmosphere. The facility intends to seek accreditation to become part of the international Total Carbon Column Observing Network (TCCON) and potentially the international Network for the Detection of Atmospheric Composition Change (NDACC). This development is supported by the NERC National Centre for Earth Observation.​

For more information please contact: RAL Space Enquiries