MIRTHE’s research program is structured following the 3-level ERC strategic framework:
MIRTHE’s research is conducted in three thrusts:
Thrust 1-3: Devices, Materials, and Characterization
Development of fundamental technologies for use in sensor systems, focusing on QC lasers, detectors, device integration, and miniaturization.
Thrust 4: Sensor Systems
Development and prototyping of robust, highly-sensitive (low- and sub-ppb) trace gas sensor systems and networks based on quartz-enhanced photoacoustic spectroscopy (QEPAS), cavity-enhanced sensing, and other novel sensing techniques.
Thrust 5: Applications and Testbeds
Deployment of sensor systems in relevant environmental, medical, and security-related settings, followed by data collection, analysis, and feedback to underlying thrusts. Projects include quantification of environmentally relevant trace gases in climate and pollution, diagnostics and monitoring via breath and tissue analysis, and standoff detection of hazardous chemicals.