Special Issue "State of the Art and New Developments in Optical Gas Sensors"

A special issue of Energies (ISSN 1996-1073). This special issue belongs to the section "J: State-of-the-Art Energy Related Technologies".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Xukun Yin
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Chief Guest Editor
School of Physics and Optoelectronic Engineering, Xidian University, Xi’an 710071, China
Interests: trace gas sensors; photoacoustic spectroscopy; optical equipment
Dr. Huadan Zheng
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Guest Editor
Guangdong Provincial Key Laboratory of Optical Fiber Sensing and Communications, and Department of Optoelectronic Engineering, Jinan University, Guangzhou 510632, China
Interests: laser spectroscopy; quartz-enhanced photoacoustic spectroscopy
Prof. Dr. Yuzhu Liu
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Guest Editor
Jiangsu Key Laboratory for Optoelectronic Detection of Atmosphere and Ocean, Jiangsu Collaborative Innovation Center on Atmospheric Environment and Equipment Technology (CICAEET), Nanjing University of Information Science & Technology, Nanjing 210044, China
Interests: optical equipment; laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy; Raman spectrum; laser mass spectrometry

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues, 

The recent advances in optical techniques, including photoacoustic and spectroscopic techniques, have opened up new opportunities for optical gas sensors.

The rapid development of photoacoustic and spectroscopic techniques has recently branched out to various fields of application, including gas sensing for environmental monitoring, multi-gas detection, leak detection, carbon-concentration monitoring, toxic-gas detection, VOC detection, combustion, industrial-process monitoring, workplace safety, medical applications such as breath analysis, homeland security, and petrochemical exploration, leading researchers to design and develop sensor architectures for on-file applications.

This Special Issue of Energies, entitled “State of the Art and New Developments in Optical Gas Sensors”, will focus on all aspects of research and development related to these areas. The topics include but are not limited to:

  • Photoacoustic gas sensing;
  • Spectroscopic gas sensors (Raman spectra; tunable diode laser absorption spectroscopy; laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy, etc.);
  • Sensing mechanisms;
  • Application areas such as environmental monitoring; carbon-concentration monitoring; toxic-gas detection; VOC detection; combustion; industrial-process monitoring; workplace safety; medical applications such as breath analysis, etc.

Dr. Xukun Yin
Dr. Huadan Zheng
Prof. Dr. Yuzhu Liu
Guest Editors

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  • optical-gas sensors
  • photoacoustic spectroscopy/quartz-enhanced photoacoustic spectroscopy
  • photothermal spectroscopy
  • raman spectrum
  • tunable diode laser absorption spectroscopy (TDLAS)
  • laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS)
  • sensor design
  • environmental monitoring
  • laser mass spectrometry
  • VOCs
  • carbon-concentration monitoring
  • laser radar

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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