Laser Technologies

Laser TechnologiesThe Laser Technologies group is focused on the development of next-generation real-time spectroscopy tools based on the interaction of high-intensity ultrafast (femtosecond) and nanosecond laser pulses with materials. Far- and near- field laser sampling (ablation) are combined with optical emission and mass spectroscopy for spatially selective 3-dimensional chemical imaging. The laser ablation chemical analysis technologies are implemented in programs including environmental monitoring and cleanup, climate change, energy technologies (battery, solar) and nuclear security.

Key Topics:

  • Study, control and optimization of the fundamental mechanisms of pulsed laser ablation as they relate to elemental, molecular and isotopic chemical analysis.
  • Nanometer spatial imaging and depth profiling.
  • Fast scanning high-sensitivity analysis.
  • The development of completely new spectroscopic techniques (e.g. Laser Ablation Molecular Isotopic Spectrometry or LAMIS), which allow real-time isotopic analysis under real-world conditions.

Learn more about the Laser Technologies Group.

Group Leader

Vasileia Zormpa

Related Publications



Russo, Richard E., Xianglei Mao, Haichen Liu, Jong-Hyun Yoo, and Samuel S. Mao. "Time-resolved plasma diagnostics and mass removal during single-pulse laser ablation." Applied Physics A: Materials Science & Processing 69, no. 1 Supplement (1999): S887-S894.


Grant, Patrick M., Kenton J. Moody, Ian D. Hutcheon, and Richard E. Russo. "Nuclear forensics in Law Enforcement." Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry 235 (1998): 129-132.
Russo, Richard E., Xianglei Mao, and Oleg V. Borisov. Laser ablation sampling In Trac-Trends in Analytical Chemistry. Vol. 17., 1998.
Hunt, Arlon J.. "Light scattering for aerogel characterization." Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids 225 (1998): 303-306.