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Press Release 09-095
NSF Announces $200 Million Funding for Research Instrumentation

Funding is provided under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

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Photo of a mid-infrared laser.

The "optical nose" being developed at the University of Alabama-Birmingham, with support from NSF's Major Research Instrumentation program, is a mid-infrared laser capable of detecting and rapidly identifying trace gases for medical, environmental, mineral exploration or national security applications.

Credit: Sergey Mirov, University of Alabama-Birmingham

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