Our Research activities
Compact acoustic detection modules
Realization of compact acoustic detection module including a custom-made quartz tuning fork and micro-resonator system, optical access via two windows and gas in and out connections.
Custom-made tuning forks and micro-resonators
Custom-made quartz tuning fork properly designed and realized to offer high performance for QEPAS sensors, in terms of quality factor and electrical charges collection efficiency.
Fiber-coupled mid-IR QEPAS Sensors
Fiber-optic components are key enabling technologies to improve the robustness and effectiveness of QEPAS sensors in terms of flexible beam guidance and compactness.
Cavity-Enhanced QEPAS Sensors
Ultra-sensitive and selective QEPAS sensors combined with high-finesse optical cavities can increase the detection sensitivity up to two orders of magnitude.
THz QEPAS SENSORS
High sensitivity THz molecular spectroscopy is crucial for the study of chemical processes related to ozone depletion and global warming, as well as direct identification of explosives and drugs.
EU Project OPTAPHI 2020-2023
The OPTAPHI Postgraduate Training Network aims to train doctoral students in the complementary fields of advanced spectroscopy and integrated optics. Specifically, the focus is on the methods of photo-acoustic and photo-thermal spectroscopy, and their integration with compact semiconductor lasers.
EU PROJECT PASSEPARTOUT 2021-2024
PASSEPARTOUT will advance the development and deployment of miniature, optical based sensors based on Quartz Enhanced Photo-acoustic Spectroscopy and Photo-Thermal Interferometry for a wide range of ambient pollutants. PASSPARTOUT will realize the first 3D mobile optical gas analyser network capable of operating in an urban area exploting on drone-mounted, vehicle-mounted and stationary sensors. (NOx, SO2, NH3, CH4, CO, CO2) and black carbon within urban areas, around landfills and seaports with extremely high precision and good spatial resolution.
Trace gas sensors are the heart of any monitoring system in industrial and urban areas. Real-time and in-situ QEPAS-based monitoring systems are crucial to ensure an environmentally sustainable territorial development.
Exhaled breath biomarkers have particular clinical appeal offering non-invasive medical diagnostics. Dedicated QEPAS sensors can be used as repeatable, continuous and real-time breath analysis tool.
Gas Leak detection is a critical problem for several applications requiring hermetically closed areas. QEPAS-based leak sensors are several orders of magnitude more sensitive than a bubble test or helium sniffer.
Portable Quartz enhanced photoacoustic sensors (QEPAS) system are capable to detect in situ methane, ethane, propane and butane in gas phase, with detection limits in the few part-per-million concentration range.
Monitoring of hotspot areas
Certain chemicals can be used in the illicit manufacture of explosives or to cause harm. Quartz enhanced photoacoustic sensors (QEPAS) system are capable to detect toxic gases and explosive precursors down to few part-per-million concentration range.
Vincenzo Luigi Spagnolo
Vittorio M. N. Passaro
Stefano Dello Russo
Ada Cristina Ranieri
Michele Di Gioia
The PolySense team has just published a new article on OSA Optics Letters Journal reporting on a novel multi-pass quartz-enhanced photoacoustic spectroscopy-based trace gas sensor . The multi-pass configuration allows the laser beam to pass through the QTF prong spacing six times. Compared to a conventional QEPAS measurement, the MP-QEPAS technique provided an enhancement of signal Leggi di piùNew Publication on Optics Letters[…]
The PolySense team has just published a new article on Photoacoustics Journal Elsevier (IF 5.87) reporting on a comparison between Quartz-Enhanced Photoacoustic Spectroscopy (QEPAS) and Photothermal Spectroscopy (PTS). Compact QEPAS and PTS detection modules were realized and integrated in a gas sensor system for detection of carbon monoxide (CO). Performance was compared and ultimate detection limits Leggi di piùNew Publication on Photoacoustics Journal[…]
The PolySense team has just published a new article on Journal of Lightwave Technology (IF 4.288) reporting on a new modelling of QEPAS sensors with the optical components semi-integrated with the tuning fork. The design here proposed paves the way to a further level of miniaturization, integration and deployment of QEPAS sensors for application like mobile and on-drone Leggi di piùNew Publication on Journal of Lightwave Technology[…]
The PolySense team has just published a new article on Photoacoustics Journal Elsevier (IF 5.87) reporting on a quartz-enhanced photoacoustic spectroscopy (QEPAS) sensor for hydrogen sulfide (H2S) detection, exploiting a liquid-nitrogen-cooled THz quantum cascade laser (QCL) operating in pulsed mode. A QEPAS record sensitivity for H2S detection in the THz range of 360 part-per-billion in volume Leggi di piùNew Publication on Photoacoustics Journal[…]
Polysense is proud to communicate that four team members have been listed in the Top 2% Scientists list in the world by Stanford University. In particular, Professors Vittorio Passaro and Vincenzo Spagnolo have been listed in the full career Top 2% Scientists list while Professors Vittorio Passaro, Vincenzo Spagnolo, Pietro Patimisco and Angelo Sampaolo are listed in Leggi di piùPolysense Team members listed in the Top 2% Scientists in the world by Stanford University[…]
The PolySense team has just published a new article on Photoacoustics Journal Elsevier (IF 5.87) demonstrating that quartz-enhanced photoacoustic spectroscopy (QEPAS) is an efficient tool to measure the vibrational relaxation rate of gas species, employing quartz tuning forks (QTFs) as sound detectors. The following link provide access to the article. http://polysense.poliba.it/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/124_Relaxation-rate-_photoacoustics_2020.pdf
The PolySense team has just published a new article on Molecules journal reporting on the realization of an innovative near-IR sensor exploiting a novel fiber-coupled ADM and a custom fiber combiner for sequential detection of methane and ethane in air. A minimum detection limit of 0.76 ppm for methane and 34 ppm for ethane at 100 Leggi di piùNew publication on Molecules[…]
Special Issue “Photoacoustic spectroscopy for gas sensing: from theoretical modeling to applications”
Prof. Vincenzo Spagnolo, Prof. Lei Dong, Prof. Yufei Ma, Prof. Pietro Patimisco and Prof. Frank K. Tittel are currently accepting submissions for the upcoming Special Issue titled “Photoacoustic spectroscopy for gas sensing: from theoretical modeling to applications”, which will be published in Photoacoustics Journal Elsevier (Impact Factor: 5.870). You can find the Call for Papers at the following link: https://www.journals.elsevier.com/photoacoustics/call-for-papers/photoacoustic-spectroscopy-for-gas-sensing
The PolySense team has just published a new article on Analytical Chemistry journal reporting on the realization of a highly sensitive sensor for detection of carbon monoxide (CO) in sulfur hexafluoride (SF6). A novel custom T-shaped quartz tuning fork (QTF) with grooved prongs operating at 8 kHz has been implemented. A minimum detection limit of Leggi di piùNew publication on Analytical Chemistry Journal[…]
THORLABS Webinar Series- “New developments in quartz-enhanced photoacoustic sensing real-world applications”
Professor Vincenzo Spagnolo will present a webinar titled New developments in quartz-enhanced photoacoustic sensing real-world applications, for THORLABS Webinar Series. The webinar will take place on September 10th 2020 from 12:00am to 13:00am, Eastern Standard Time (18.00pm to 19.00 pm Italian time). To partecipate to this event is required the registration at the following link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/utilizing-qepas-for-gas-sensing-applications-tickets-115512251253?aff=ThorlabsWebpage Leggi di piùTHORLABS Webinar Series- “New developments in quartz-enhanced photoacoustic sensing real-world applications”[…]