Tools and Techniques to Track and Study Methane

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A methane plume spotted in the Four Corners region by the TOPDOWN campaign

January 19, 2017

Methane is less prevalent in the atmosphere than fellow greenhouse gas carbon dioxide (CO2), but it presents more difficult challenges for researchers attempting to study it. Professor Wennberg, is working with colleagues from across Caltech to study methane and its effects on the globe and to pioneer tools and techniques needed to identify, track, and characterize the gas and its sources. One such colleague is Professor Vahala who has paved the way for the miniaturization of high-resolution spectrometers. His new soliton-based system is the basis for a new collaboration with Professor Frankenberg to apply dual-comb spectrometer to methane tracking and analysis. [Caltech story]

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Paul Wennberg

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Kerry Vahala

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Christian Frankenberg


Department of Applied Physics and Materials Science