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A mid-infrared laser being developed with support from NSF's Major Research Instrumentation program.

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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